Did you know ?
Bencha is an old Thai language means number 5. This is the initial name of the temple literary, mean this temple was created by 5 persons or 5 royal family members.
Brief History & Designer of The Marble temple
Benchamabophit Dusit wanaram Rachaworavihan Temple is Marble temple Bangkok , the most beautiful in Thailand.
Benchamabophit Dusit wanaram Rachaworavihan Temple was renovated by the King Rama 5. In the pass, this temple were called Wat Leam or Wat Saithong. Later, the king combined two temples into one and considered as royal temple of the Dusit Palace. The designer of the main chapel of Benchamabophit Dusit wanaram Rachaworavihan is Somdej Jaofah Grom Prayanarisaranuwattiwong.
What to do in Bangkok? For Activities at the Marble temple
The temple is open daily and allow tourist to visit with fee at 20 Thai Baht/person. Tourists can enjoy taking a picture, seeing a beautiful landscape, and admire the magnificent Buddha statue made of bronze. There are many elements made the Marble temple distinguish from other royal temple. That is why the temple is included in Bangkok temple tour that many tour agents sell to guest.
In the early morning around 06:00- 07:00 , local people bring foods, dessert and water to offer to the Buddhist monk. At 09:00 of every day, the Buddhist monk come together at the main chapel and organizing a chanting session which is run daily. Make this temple a lively and interesting to observing around.
During April and October, there is a group ordination for small boy who want to ordain during Summer time. The procession made in the morning around 09:00. If you lucky to visit at that time , you allow to observe and take part in for chanting and a sermon. When the King Rama VI made his visit for merit making , their majesty will come to this temple and stay at Prathenang Songtham, the building across the canal opposite to the main chapel.This building also has been used for commemorating the funeral for the Royal family member as well as superior nobility.
Highlight of Wat Benchamabopit or the Marble temple Bangkok
There is a gallery hall on the back of the main chapel, there are the most beautiful Buddha statue in different period both inside and outside the Kingdom of Siam. The King Rama V considered this place as the Buddha statue museum that artists and people can come and learning.
Location and operation
The temple is located in Bangkok city center near the Dusit Palace where the current King Live (the King Rama IX) The officially open at 08:30-17:30