Location: 69 Nakornpathom Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300
Reason to visit: one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok
Our ratings: ★★★★
Entrance fee: 20 baht
Opening Hours: Every day from 8am until 5.30pm
Wat Benchamabophit, also known as the marble temple, is one of Bangkok's best-known temples and a major tourist attraction. It was designed by Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong. The temple was built from marbles imported from Italy, and that is the reason why the temple is commonly known among foreign tourists as the Marble Temple. Wat Benchamabophit is not that famous, but it is regarded as a model of Buddhist sculpture in the 19th century because it is the most western-style temple among all Thai Buddhist temples. The venue is venue is large, and you can feel the calm here. It is quite magnificent.
History of Wat Benchamabophit
The construction of this beautiful marble temple began in 1899 under King Rama V. It was designed by the king's brother and is entirely Italian marble. The facade of the ubosot is splendid, with its multiple roofs, its white columns, its lions that guard the facade. The interior is decorated with lacquered and golden cross-rails and shallow niches contain paintings of stupas from all over the region. The temple also has a sukhothai-style Buddha statue, a copy made in 1920 of a statue of the time. The main statue of Buddha is also a copy of a famous statue of northern Thailand; The ashes of Rama V are at the bottom of this statue. The cloister surrounding the ubosot contains 52 different Buddha statues. Every morning between 6 am and 7.30 am, the monks line up to receive alms: rice, spices, lotus buds, incense, objects for the toilet etc ...
What to do in Wat Benchamabophit
1. Prey religiously in the temple, feel the solemnity
2. Wander around the surroundings and feel the peace
1. Please get off the shoes in the temple, the clothes should be neatly dressed. It is best not to wear shorts in the temple. Dress conservatively is all you need.
2. Although there is no photo prohibition in the temple, it is recommended not to take pictures due to the respect for the Buddha statue.
3. Ladies are not allowed to touch monks. It is a severe taboo!
4. After entering the temple, don't shout loudly.
5. No intimate behaviors allowed in the temple.
How to get to Wat Benchamabophit
The Wat Benchamabophit is located on the intersection of Thanon Rama V and Thanon Si Ayutthaya. Since there is no BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway station nearby, the best way to get there is by taxi.
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