Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), Bangkok

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Often referred to as the “marble temple” in guidebooks, this architectural gem features a magnificent Buddha image, which is a copy of the highly revered Phra Buddhajinaraja, and a beautiful beamed ceiling in a dark red and gold.
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Neighborhood: Dusit
When wandering around the Dusit Palace grounds, you'd almost forget you're still in a Southeast-Asian city. The Renaissance-style buildings and leafy gardens wouldn't be out of place in an European capital, and the serenity here is in stark contrast with the chaotic city life outside of its complex walls. Dusit is one of Bangkok's oldest districts, and while the rest of Bangkok is modernising at a rapid pace, Dusit seems to have stood the test of time. Come here to find family businesses in traditional shophouses, small-scale local markets and streets unfazed by modern city life.
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1,403 reviews
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CT1,981 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of Bangkok's most famous temples, and is pictured on the 5 baht coin. The entrance fee is 50 baht (about $1.75). We arrived around noon on a Sunday, and were lucky to have the interior of the temple almost to ourselves. The carrara marble floor from Italy is just gorgeous, as our the stained glass windows. But the pièce de résistance for us was the collection of buddhas around the perimeter of the courtyard. There are 53 buddhas in all of the "attitudes" (positions), such as teaching, calming the seas, meditation, etc. They are from different eras and countries, so you can get a feel for the styles of buddha statues coming from various Buddhist regions. These were really fascinating.

Don't miss the courtyard, and allow yourself enough time (1 hour is plenty). Enjoy!
Written January 5, 2020
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257 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
The Marble Temple is a lovely temple and has amazing surrounding grounds which are well maintained. There is a lot to appreciate if you as into architecture, history and of course religion.
We went early in the morning on a sunny day so it was gorgeous and you can get some great photos around the grounds.

Please be mindful that this is a Buddhist temple and out of respect you are expected to cover relevant parts of your body whether male / female. There are groundskeepers who observe and make sure rules are followed as another group found out when they were told to leave!
Written August 23, 2020
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Bangkok, Thailand96 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Another ‘must visit’ temple. That I always take my visitors there. And have the mind fullness walk with them. To enjoy the peaceful place. Not only the beautiful architecture like you see from the ad. So if you have time pls give yourself a bit of joyful feeling. By giving yourself a small break from all though & everything outside . Just being with yourself & inner you! ., The best time is very early in the morning or late afternoon. To avoid the big group of the tourists. If you can go there before 7am. You’ll see the monks on their morning arms round. And see the Thai offers them food.. with respect! Then you’ll see the real beauty of our culture .. that I guarantee you’ll never forget the blissful feeling of the giver. And when you understand our peaceful culture & religion ... you’ll enjoy your holiday here more . 😊😊
Written January 15, 2020
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Mrs. Perez
Lehigh Acres, FL110 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Out of all the temples we saw this one was by far our favorite! The architecture does not disapoint. It is a medium sized temple but there is so much to see and take in, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. shoulders and knees must be coverd. We went at 3pm and there was beraly anyone in the temple, which is nice because you can take lots of pictures with out people photo bombing them.
Written June 8, 2020
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Traveller of the world
739 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Most tourists don't come here. They tend to stick with the main tourist attractions. I cannot recommend this enough. Stunning and well kept. So peaceful. We had the place nearly to ourselves except one other family. We have a Thai friend and he took us. Otherwise would not have known about it! Stunning. Really well kept. Amazing architecture. Highly recommend.
Written January 4, 2022
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Singapore, Singapore4,782 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
This particular Marble Temple is quite beautiful and a nice place to visit if you are in Bangkok. The design is quite typical Thai and the art-work is really exquisite.
Written January 9, 2019
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Roger W
Siebnen, Switzerland1,145 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Wat Benchamabophit also known as the marble temple is a temple which is for sure worth a visit. Because it‘s a little outside from the more famous one and lays also near the skytrain you need a taxi or a tuk tuk for visiting. it’s not a big temple and and has not so many visitors like others. It’s mostly built of italian marble and it‘s so different from the others temple in Bangkok. I had unfortunately cloudy weather and it still looks great, but with sunshine i‘m sure the temple would look just more nice!!
Written January 13, 2019
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Chris D
United Kingdom200 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
I have seen most of the major temples in Bangkok and to be fair this does not need to be on your "must do" list. On the down side it is away from the centre. If you are an adult you could walk it in 25 minutes in the heat from Fort Mahakan or a substantial taxi ride from BTS station "Phayathai" although you cannot guarantee traffic free flow along Thanon Ayutthaya. Alternatively take the Chao Phraya river ferries to The Thewet Ferry Pier and take a taxi/tuk tuk from there. I do not recommend that single women take a motor cycle rides but men if you can explain where you want to go and know enough to ask ''How much?" then consider it. For the adults remember that The Throne Halls and Vimanmek Palace are all walkable from here. Do not forget to take some bottled water with you.

Now back to discussing this attraction. It is small and you should be here no more than 40 minutes. Entry cost is 20 Bhat. The tempe is small and cross shaped in area. It has a quadrangular space in the western (back) section where you will get some good photo shots of galleried black buddha statues.

No refreshments available inside the Wat although there is an icecream vendor just outside the main entrance on the north east side.

Although I did not observe toilets, they must be there. Check before you go.

The small size is intimate and whilst the architecture is beautiful, it is not stunning by comparison with the 'major temples' of central Bangkok. However the smallness means there are always people moving near you whereas in a Wat such as Suthat you can find a completely tranquil spot but that is not the case here. When I was visiting in the week running up to the queen's birthday (also Mother's day -August 12th), there were westerners making offerings through the monks and seeing their children blessed in return.

I suggest this is a small temple and that it is suitable for those with little children though not suitable for wheelchair users. Mums & Dads please note that although they will not allow buggies into the temple, the whole INTERNAL area is small enough for you to carry the little children.

Outside there are some small scale but 'sweet' buildings. One is a dining room and the laquered internal wooden shutters and outer window frames are exquisite. Like all the external buildngs, it was locked up at the time of my visit. Nearby a prayer bell (internal knocker) removed so that peace and quiet pervade the place despite the traffic pounding past the northern perimeter. By the prayer bell there was a splendid hand carved drum over 9 feet long and some traditional drums with drumskin coverings within the Gazebo. Also there were some quaint little bridges nearby over a water feature which was relatively clean. There is seating in the shade of trees along the water feature.

Some other buildings all close by with one having two guardian dragons (stone) at the entrance to one. I think the little children will love it here.

The final feature was delightful. A large Bodhi tree in the grounds and surrounded by other trees.
Apparently it was brought from India and is associated with Lord Buddha.

I want to talk to you about the children going forward to be blessed by the monks who are seated.
The idea is that the guardians (parents) make a financial offering into a bowl the monks present. This is one form of "merit" making in Buddhism.

Of course the parents are kneeling by this stage. The whole experience is of a calm tranquillity and the children have a good experience. In the west we have a very similar ritual but it is for anyone not just children. It is called the "grain offering". When we think of showing honour and respect for God, we are worshipping Him. This pleases Him and we are communicating reverence. He knows our every thought. Not only are the children blessed but so are we. Remember that your honour and veneration include you making the effort to get to the Wat (church) in the first place. Therefore God looks at the whole sacrifice including not just our money and time but the effort as well.

I hope this helps explain the experience of making a simple offering. The "grain offering" is covered in Leviticus Chapter 2 and here I have explained it's context.

Peace be with you and our Thai neighbours.

Have a great time in Thailand.

Written August 9, 2013
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Bertrand A
Beau Vallon, Seychelles794 contributions
Aug 2019
Very peaceful inside the temple. The marble temple is very nice on the inside and has a lot of tourist visiting.
Written August 22, 2019
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Wellington, New Zealand160 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were templed out by the time we arrived at the Marble Temple but happy to visit as very calm, pretty and a little different from the others. The master prayer room is stunningly beautiful, one of my favs. 40TB and an ice cream afterwards - perfect.
Written August 2, 2019
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