Stories From The Road

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

WAT BENCHAMABOPHIT, BANGKOK, THAILAND – Wat Benchamabophit also known as the “marble temple” was built in 1899 for King Chulalongkorn. The literal translation of its name is “temple for the fifth king.” The entire temple is built of Italian marble. The inner courtyard of the temple has over 50 different statues of the Buddha. The interior of the temple houses one larger statue of the buddha. The walls are decorated with various stupas that are found throughout Thailand. It should also be noted that all of the wall decorations are hand painted. The kings ashes are located beneath the statue of the Buddha in the main temple.

Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple)

Singha guarding the main entrance

One of the many stupa paintings on the interior of the prayer hall

Buddha Statue in the prayer hall

Hand Painted Wall Decoration

Interior Courtyard

Roof detail

sweet sticky rice with banana and taro wrapped in banana leaves


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