The Marble Temple
Wat Benchamabophit, The Marble Temple
Travelers, who want to complete their Thai temple adventure, should not miss visiting Wat Benchamabophit, also known as the marble temple. This sacred temple is one of the most beautiful temples in the city Bangkok because unlike the traditional architectural designs of most Thai temples, Wat Benchamabophit is completely made from Italian marble, giving the structure a unique glimmer whenever the sun shines at a certain angle. Although the first thing tourists will notice when they enter is the simplicity of the temple’s white walls, they should check out the 52 Buddha statues, which are located in the gallery surrounding the ordination hall.
Travelers, who want to see more of what this side of Thailand has to offer and experience a bit of action, may visit the Rajadamnern Thai Boxing Stadium (0.8km from the temple) and watch real Muay Thai matches with the locals. However, if travelers prefer to continue their artistic and spiritual journey, they may want to visit The Royal Elephant National Museum (0.3km from the temple) or The Golden Mount or Wat Saket (1.6km from the temples) instead.
Wat Benchamabophit exudes a peaceful and tranquil aura thus, provides a perfect place for people to relax and meditate. Speaking in high tones and shouting are not allowed, for they may break the monks’ concentration and meditative state. Tourists must cover their knees, shoulders, and feet, however, their footwear once they have entered the temple. It is highly discouraged for women to talk to the monks, and taking photographs inside the temple is strictly prohibited.
Tourists who want to take a personal and intimate spiritual journey may visit the temple during the earlier hours of the day, but for those who want to expose themselves to Thai culture may book their trip nearing important festivals such as Magha Puja (in February) or Visakha Puja (in May). Trip Guru suggests taking the simple route to Wat Benchamabophit. Travelers may take the subway to Phaya Thai exit 3, and from there take a taxi to the temple. They may also take buses that have the numbers 72 and 503 on them. Wat Benchamabophit is opened from 8:00AM to 5:30PM and the admission fee costs 20 Baht.
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