Monday, November 19, 2012

Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple) - Bangkok, Thailand

After visiting Wat Traimit and Wat Pho, we arrived at this temple towards the later part of the evening. The guide left us alone but reminded that its about 30 minutes to see the temple and the compound. Marble temple is truly remarkable. Built by King Rama V in 1899 and is the most modern and one of the most beautiful of Bangkok’s royal wats for the use of white marble from Italy and European designs combined with traditional Thai religious architecture. Equally stunning is the roof. Thousands of pieces of coloured glass and pottery adorned with intricate structures gilded in glaring gold to contrast the crystal white walls. The main bot contains a golden Buddha statue against an illuminated blue backdrop. The ashes of King Rama V is buried under the statue. In the courtyard there are various Buddha statues, representing various Buddhist countries and regions and each statue carries a plate explaining the significance of the pose. 


With the visit to this temple, the 1/2 day tour to Bangkok came to an end. 

Next change: Madame Tussauds

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  1. Love the first pic of King Chulalongkorn with the slightly yellowish gold robe.

  2. Your pictures look extremely beautiful. So gold and shinny =)

  3. looking forward to you post of "Madam Tussauds"

  4. What stunning photos my friend absolutely lovely :)
    So much culture'

    Choc Chip Uru


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