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Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok

Also called the 'Marble' temple, since it is made of Carrera marble. Built by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V)
The main Buddha image is a copy of the famous Phra Phuttha Chinnarat at Phitsanulok.
The gallery around Wat Benchamabophit has a substantial collection of Buddha images in different styles. They are both original Buddha images, and copies of original sculptures or bronze statues. (The image on the right here is in the 'Lopburi' style.

Similar to other large temples, the compound around Wat Benchamabophit is quite spacious and makes for a pleasant walk. The monks' living quarters are quite colorful. The temple compound has had a major renovation about 10 years ago, and still looks splendid.

 

 

 

 


Buddha Image at Gallery of Wat Benchamabophit
Buddha Image in the Gallery
at Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok

Wat Benchamabophit, as viewed from the gallery
View of Wat Benchamabophit from the Gallery.
  Ubosoth of Wat Benchamabophit, Bangkok
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple), Bangkok
Buddha Image, Wat Benchamabophit
Buddha Image, Wat Benchamabophit.
The main Buddha Image is a copy of
Phra Phuttha Chinnarat in Phitsanulok
  Meditating Nun, Marble Temple, Bangkok
Meditating Nun, Wat Benchamabophit
Living Quarters of Monks, Bangkok
Living Quarters of Monks at
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)
  Living Quarters of Monks, Marble Temple

Living Quarters of Monks, Marble Temple

Statue of Rama V at Royal Plaza
Statue of King Chulalongkorn at Royal Plaza
  Anantasamakhom Throne Hall
Anantasamakhom Throne Hall

Building of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall started during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), and was completed in 1915. The building was designed by famed Italian architects, and is in Italian Renaissance and Neo Classic style. Four decades up till 1972, building was used as the Parliament House. It now is still used for the official opening of the new parliament after elections. The impressive Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is also still used for important occasions.

At the Royal Plaza in front (the site of numerous political demonstrations), there is also an equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn.

 


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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.