Monday, November 19, 2012

Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple) - Bangkok, Thailand

Towards later part of the evening after visiting Wat Traimit and Wat Pho, we arrived at Wat Benchamabophit temple, also known as Marble Temple. Time allocated here was about 30 minutes to see the temple, including the compound. Marble temple a truly remarkable temple, built by King Rama V in 1899 - 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  - adorned with thousands of pieces of coloured glass, pottery and the 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 and 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, each statue carries a plate explaining the significance of the poses. 


And so, the end of the 1/2 day tour to Bangkok, on the way back I was dropped of in front of Siam Discovery Centre.  

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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