"Wat Benchamabopit" Thailand Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Wat Benchamabopit was constructed by King Chulalongkorn in 1899 to house the ashes of King Rama V. It was the last major temple constructed in Bangkok.

Often called the Marble Temple, Wat Benchamabopit was constructed of white Carrara marble from Italy, which was almost priceless at the time. The main section of the building, the ubosot, was designed symmetrically with multiple layered roofs of glazed Chinese terra-cotta tiles trimmed with gold leaf.

The interior of the wat is an interesting mix of Thai and European influences. The bot, or chapel, features stained-glass windows, and the hallways are decorated with European-style stucco. The ceiling is supported by large Rattanakosin-style lacquered and gilt cross beams.

In a courtyard behind the wat there are 53 Buddha images which represent famous images and styles from all over Asia.

Directions: Wat Benchamabopit is located at the intersection of Si Ayutthaya Road and Rama V Road, in the Dusit area of Bangkok.

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2012
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