The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit)

Attraction Wat Benchamabophit 69 Sydney Road Bangkok Dusit 10300 Thái Lan Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
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Cultural
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Must see
Temple & Monument
0.60 - 20.00 USD

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The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit) is one of the most significant temples in Bangkok for it's the combination of profound beauty and religious importance.

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Why The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit) is special ?


One of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples is the Wat Benchamabophit, also known as “the marble temple” or Wat Ben. As it is classified as a first class Royal temple, it is also a temple of significant importance.


The official name of the temple is Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, which means “the Monastery of the fifth King near Dusit Palace”, the fifth King being King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).


At the end of the 19th century the King had Dusit Palace build, a large complex of Royal Palaces and Mansions including the Ananta Samakhom, the Vimanmek Royal Mansion and the Abhisek Throne Hall in Dusit district.


When Dusit Palace was finished, the King ordered construction of the marble temple in 1899 nearby on the site of an old temple complex dating from the early 19th century. In this temple, King Chulalongkorn ordained as a monk for a short time in 1873.


What to explore at The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit)?

The ubosot of the marble temple

The ubosot of the marble temple was designed by Prince Narisara Nuvativongse, half brother of King Chulalongkorn. It is build from carrara marble imported from Italy, hence the name marble temple. The entrance is marked by four impressive marble pillars, and even the large courtyard is made of shiny white marble.

The temple is a magnificent example of the Bangkok architectural style with its multi tiered roofs, elegant chofahs at the top end of the roof and the beautiful gold carvings. The white marble and the golden decorated windows give the ubosot a delightful appearance, especially in the sunlight. On either side of the entrance is a large stone lion, guarding the temple.

The Phra Buddha Chinnarat Buddha image

Inside the ubosot or ordination hall you will find the main Buddha image of the marble temple, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat in subduing Mara position with a beautiful illuminated blue background.

The image is a copy of the original Phra Buddha Chinnarat, a magnificent 7 centuries old image located in the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple in Phitsanulok province. The ashes of King Rama V are buried under the bronze Buddha statue.

On the left and right walls you will find niches with paintings of important stupas from across Thailand.

In the galleries surrounding the ubosot you will find a display of 52 Buddha images dating from several periods and in various styles like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Dvaravati style.

Behind the ubosot is a Bodhi tree, that was brought over from Bodhgaya in India, where the Buddha reached enlightenment. A Dhamma lecture hall close to the ubosot was used by King Chulalongkorn to listen to Dhamma sessions. Some more structures around the Wat are the abbots living quarters and a bell tower.

The Wat Benchamabophit is an active temple, the monks private living quarters are across the canal separated from the temple area. Starting around 6 am, people from outside the temple come here to bring food offerings to the monks unlike other temples, where the monks go out on the street to receive food.

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How to get to The Marble Temple (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 metered taxi. A visit to the marble temple can easily be combined with with the Vimanmek Mansion and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, since they are just a few hundred meters apart.
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  • Beautiful and Serene
  • Well-known temple which be the secondary of arts master!
  • Beautiful Marble Temple
  • Very interesting compound, well worth visiting at length
  • Beautiful temple - away from crowds
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Total travel distance
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  • The quadrangle has many interesting images of Buddha and the ornate structure of the buildings with high gables make it very special.. There are two beautiful lions at the rear of the temple.
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  • It's less crowded than the Grand Palace and you need to wear appropriately to enter the Palace.
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Wat Benchamabophit, a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold.

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พระพุทธรูปสำคัญ, พระหริภุญชัยบรมโพธิสัตว์ พระฝาง ... วัดเบญจมบพิตรดุสิตวนาราม เป็นพระอารามหลวงชั้นเอก ชนิดราชวรวิหาร ไม่ปรากฏหลักฐานว่าสร้างขึ้นเมื่อใด

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I have never been there but the pictures are absolutely amazing.

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พระประธานในพระอุโบสถ คือพระพุทธชินราชจำลอง ตามประวัติว่ารัชกาลที่5 เดิมมีพระราชดำริให้อัญเชิญองค์จริงลงมา แต่ที่สุดไม่ทรงต้องการทำร้ายน้ำใจชาวพิษณุโลก จึงโปรดเกล้าฯให้หล่อองค์จำลองแทน

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สร้างในรัชกาลที่5 เดิมเป็นวัดเก่าตั้งแต่สมัยอยุธยาชื่อเดิมว่าวัดแหลม หรือวัดไทรทอง จุดเด่นคือพระอุโบสถทรงจตุรมุขประดับหินอ่อนสีขาวทั้งหลัง หินอ่อนนั้นนำเข้ามาจากเมือง Ferrara ประเทศอิตาลี

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Comparatively this temple records lesser footfalls but to me, worth a visit. It has got a very good ambiance of an authentic Thai Buddhist temple with the sublime statue of golden buddha inside the main temple built of Italian marble. Around the main temple there are 52 buddha statues each showing different "mudras" or signs. Also one of the numerous canals of Bangkok pass traverses the area.

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The visit to this temple was great. There were only a few people there so we could have a good look around. The Buddhas in different poses from the different countries in the courtyard at the back was interesting. The temple itself was majestic and beautifully presented. Don't forget the sarong though. We walked back from the temple to the Khaosan Road area - quite a long walk past Dusit Park and the Rama V monument, but achievable if you have the time and energy.

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Very ornate, lots of marble. Was interesting. Remember when visiting temples your shoulders and knees should be covered.

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Comparatively this temple records lesser footfalls but to me, worth a visit. It has got a very good ambiance of an authentic Thai Buddhist temple with the sublime statue of golden buddha inside the main temple built of Italian marble. Around the main temple there are 52 buddha statues each showing different

FourSquare View more

Wat Benchamabophit, a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold.

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