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DailyOperating time: 06.00 - 17.00
Category : Temples bouddhistes
Attraction Details :
Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is counted as a royal temple; first class ranking of Rajavaravihara. There is no evidence shown when exactly the temple was built. The temple is situated at 69, Rama V road, Chitlada Sub-District, Dusit District, Bangkok.
At first, the temple was named ‘Wat Laem’. This is because the temple itself lies on the tip which is connected to the rice field. Also, some used to call this temple by the name of Wat Sai Thong because it has been presumed that there are lots of banyan tree all over the area. Later, the name Wat Benchamabophit was given to the temple by King Rama V.
In 1898, King Rama V decided to construct Dusit Gardens and got a will to renovate this old temple once again and named it ‘Wat Benchamabophit’ which means 'temple of the fifth king.' Later, King Rama V bestowed the land which is named ‘Dusitvanaram’ to Wat Benchamabophit and announced in royal decree. Also, after this, King Rama V wanted everyone to call this temple by the name of Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram.
The temple was designed by The Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs and built by the craftman, Korn Hongsakul. It is one of the most beautiful temples of Bangkok that somehow can reflect the fineness of Thai architecture. Besides, it has been accepted as one of the best temple construction as it was very well planned. The temple was covered by the marbles imported from Italy. And, this is why Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram has been called as ‘Marble Temple’ among tourists.
The main Buddha image of the temple is a copy of the Phra Buddha Chinnarat from Phitsanulok province. At the back corridor of the ubosot, there is a line of 52 old Buddha images in varied attitudes which had been gathered from other provinces and countries by Prince Damrongrachanuphab.
Besides, you can also spot other beautiful Thai architectures here. For example, Sala Sisomdej, a pavilion with the stone ground and gable apex on the roof, and Bovornvong Bell Tower, a Thai Bell Tower covered with marble which was built by the members of the royal family.
Visitors can pay a visit Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the admission is free for everyone. For more information, please visit www.watbencha.com