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The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
The Marble Temple, Bangkok
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The Marble Temple, Bangkok

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Officially named Wat Benjamabophit, the Marble Temple is the last major temple built in Bangkok. Begun by King Rama V in 1900, it was designed by his half-brother Prince Naris. When the temple was …

Officially named Wat Benjamabophit, the Marble Temple is the last major temple built in Bangkok. Begun by King Rama V in 1900, it was designed by his half-brother Prince Naris. When the temple was finished 10 years later, King Rama V wrote to Prince Naris "I never flatter anyone, but I cannot help saying that you have captured my heart in accomplishing such beauty as this."
Related to: Arts and Culture, Religious Travel, Architecture. Written Oct 19, 2009

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  • Wat Benchamabophit is a temple compound of profound beauty and religious importance. Better known to foreigners as 'the Marble Temple', it is located close to Dusit palace. Wat Benchamabophit is not heavily promoted as a tourist destination, and therefore the number of foreign visitors is relatively small. If you stay in Bangkok for only one day, you could be forgiven for wanting to see the Grand Palace and Wat Pho only, but any longer stay should rightfully include a visit to the Marble Temple. The Ubosoth was constructed with Carrara marble from Italy, therefore the name.
  • Wat Benchamabophit is a royal monastery belonging to the first class ranking of Rajavaravihara. Few wats belong to this class. The wat was founded during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) on 1 March 1900. Because of this date, it not long ago celebrated its centennial. That possibly is one of the reasons why the compound as a whole looks amazingly well maintained, with even the monks living quarters in bright unexpected colors.
  • The name 'Wat Bechamabophit' simply means : the temple of the Fifth King.
  • The main structure at Wat Benchamabophit is the Ubosoth Hall. It is one of the finest works of architectural art of the Bangkok period. The Ubosoth has four gables, with the east gable being the main entrance. Phra Buddha Chinnarat at the Ubosoth of Wat Benchamabophit
  • The cloister or so-called gallery is at the rear of the Ubosoth. At the cloister of the Ubosoth 52 Buddha images are enshrined. Some are original and have been brought here from all corners of the Kingdom and from abroad. Others are copies (often enlarged) from important Buddha images. Walking and observing the Buddha images is a study in Buddha image iconography. You will see the Buddha in many different postures and with different hand gestures. All important Buddha image styles from Thailand (Dvaravati, Lopburi, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya) are represented.
  • In the gallery of the cloister at the rear of Wat Ubosoth : Buddha image (Lopburi style) with the gesture of teaching.
  • One should walk around the whole Ubosoth structure to admire the intricate and colorful decoration of the windows and especially the gables. From the east, the entrance view with the east gable and its five-tiered roof is simply unmatched. [Unfortunately, because of the sunlight and the white marble of the walls, it is hardly possible to take well done pictures from that side during any time of day, except during the early morning hours]
  • There are many other structures connected through pleasant walkways in the Wat Benchamabophit compound. They include Song Phanuat Hall (residence of the abbot), Song Dharm Hall (used for lying in state of members of the Royal family, and high officials), the Bovornvong Bell Tower. There is a canal crossed by one of three red-colored bridges, with waterside pavilions. One should also not forget to have a short stroll through the colorful monks quarters.
  • Wat Bechamabophit is an active temple. Opening hours officially are between 8 A.M. and 5.30 P.M. We were there around closing time, and saw no indication of the temple compound being closed, and therefore assume it stays open to the public longer. However the monks at that time where chanting and praying in the Ubosoth, and that clearly is a sign that tourists should withdraw from that area.
  • When visiting Wat Bechamabophit, it probably should be most conveniently combined with a visit to Vimanmek Mansion, which is closely. The whole area contains many government buildings and one passes many ministries just walking around. In our opinion the most speedy way to reach Wat Bechamabophit or Vimanmek Mansion is to take the skytrain (BTS) to Phayathai station, and take a short ride by taxi from there. www.thaiwebsites.com/watbenchamabophit.asp
  • This Wat is made of white Carrara marble, hence it is also called The Marble Temple. Constructed by King Rama V in 1901, it employs European ecclesiastic details, such as stained-glass windows and contains a superb cloister collection of bronze Buddha images. These images, which are 33 originals and 20 reproductions, represent famous idols and styles from all over Asia and other Buddhist countries. This is an excellent place to watch religious festivals and processions. Unlike most other temples, monks do not go out seeking alms but are instead visited by merit-makers from 6a-7a. travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2768729-wat_benchamabophit_the_ marble _ temple _ bangkok -i
  • Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple ) is named for the gleaming white Carrara marble (from Italy) of which it is constructed. The most modern and one of the most beautiful of Bangkok 's royal wats, Wat Benchamabophit is also notable for its use of European designs. History Wat Benchamabophit was built in 1899 by Prince Narai, half-brother of Rama V. Thailand's current king spent his days as a monk here before his coronation. Today, it is not only a magnificent Thai temple, but a seat of learning for Buddhist monks with intellectual interests.
  • What to See True to its name, the Marble Temple gleams with the polished white stone from Carrara's quarries, including the pavement of the courtyards. Unlike the older temple complexes in Bangkok, the Marble Temple has no central wihaan or chedi . Instead, it has many smaller buildings that combine European influences (such as stained-glass windows) with traditional Thai religious architecture. The main bot contains a golden Buddha statue against an illuminated blue backdrop. Beyond the main bot is a cloister containing over 50 bronze Buddha images in many different styles, representing various Buddhist countries and regions. Behind the cloister is a large Bodhi tree , bought from Bodhgaya (where the Buddha found Enlightenment) as a gift for King Chulalongkorn. Wat Benchamabophit is an excellent place to watch religious festivals and processions . Unlike most other temples, monks do not go out seeking alms but are instead visited by merit-makers from 6-7am. During the early mornings, monks chant beautifully and intensely in the main chapel.
  • Cloister with Buddha statues in various styles. Photo romsbells www.sacred-destinations.com/.../ bangkok -wat-benchamabophit .
  • Officially named Wat Benjamabophit, the Marble Temple is the last major temple built in Bangkok. Begun by King Rama V in 1900, it was designed by his half-brother Prince Naris. When the temple was finished 10 years later, King Rama V wrote to Prince Naris "I never flatter anyone, but I cannot help saying that you have captured my heart in accomplishing such beauty as this." Related to: Arts and Culture, Religious Travel, Architecture. Written Oct 19, 2009
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    • 1. Templul de Marmură Wat Benjamabophit TheMarbleTemple
    • 2. Regina Sirikit
    • 3. Construcţia templului ridicat de Rama V, marele reformator, a început pe la 1900 Pentru construcţia lui s-a importat marmură albă de Carrara Doi lei din marmură străjuiesc intrarea în bot
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    • 15. La intrarea din spate a curţii se află un copac Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa) secular, despre care se spune că provine dintr-un copac situat în India în locul unde s-a născut Buddha
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    • 20. Fotografii: Nicoleta Leu Prezentare: Sanda Foişoreanu ♦ Traditional thai music

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