An outing to a landmark Bangkok sight

Posted by Sukhumwit Steve on June 15th, 2013 filed in Sightseeing, Temples, attractions

The Thai capital of Bangkok is renowned for its beautiful temples. Wat Arun, Wat Pho, the Golden Mount and Wat Phra Kaew are the four temples that appear on the sightseeing itineraries of most international visitors. Those with a little more time on their hands often take in a few of the lesser known temples.

Wat Benchamabophitr was established in the Dusit District in 1900 by King Rama V as a complement to the just finished Chitralada Palace across the road. While Wat Benchamabophit does not feature on foreigners’ sightseeing excursions it attracts countless numbers of Thai visitors every year and has become so much of a national treasure that it has been immortalised on the reverse side of the five-Baht coin.

The temple’s main prayer hall was built out of Carrara marble imported from Italy and which gave it the nickname of the Marble Temple. The hall is archetypal Thai elegance with lofty pillars, elaborate decoration and sweeping eaves. Statues of guardian lions and a cloister with 52 Buddha icons are among other draws at the temple. One of the temple’s statues marks the final resting place of Rama V.

Wat Benchamabophitr is open to the general public every day from 08:30 to 17:30. It is located on Sri Ayutthaya Road, roughly midway from Thewet Pier, on the Chao Phraya River, to Phaya Thai BTS Skytrain Station. Our 1Stop guide to attractions in Bangkok details the visitor highlights of the Big Mango.


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