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Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

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Likhit Rd, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300

Situated in Dusit, Wat Benchamabophit is a beautiful marble temple located in the Bangkok city. The ubosot of this temple is made up of carrara marble that was imported from Italy. The temple is reminiscent of the ancient Thai architectural style. Four pillars decking up the entrance along with the courtyard are made up of shiny marble. The roofs are multi tiered with beautiful chofahs on the top and gold carvings. The ordination hall or the ubosot consists of the image of Buddha against a blue background. The Bodhi tree at the back of the image had been brought from Bodh Gaya, where the Buddhist god had received enlightenment.

A Blend of Modern and Traditional Thailand

Wat Benchamabophit is the most modern among the traditionally-styled and beautiful temples in Bangkok. Followed by the completion of Dusit Palace, the construction of the temple started under the order of King Chululongkorn or King Rama V in 1899. Wat Benchamabophit is the result of the desire of the King to have a temple and was designed by his stepbrother, Prince Narris.

The temple has a dazzling ordination hall or Ubosot that is cast in Italian white Carara marble. The 3-tiered roof of the temple excellently exemplifies modern Thai architecture. Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is characterised by beautiful features both near and afar. Inside the T-shaped structure rests an exquisite Buddha replica – Phra Buddha Chinaraha, which was made in Sukothai style of sculpting. Its original piece can be found in Wat Mahatat. It is said that the ashes of King Chululongkorn are interned at the base beneath the temple.

A Vast Range of Buddha Images

The courtyard of this temple exhibits 32 original and 20 copied images of Buddha. All of the 52 images are in different pose and style. The highlights of the courtyard are Mara posture statue and walking posture statue of Buddha. A number of variously styled bridges between the people and monks area, a large Bodhi tree behind cloister and Sala Nam or water pavilion are also part of Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram.

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