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.
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