Wat Benjamaborpit

Sunday, February 20, 2011
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The Marble Temple

The Marble Temple: Wat Benjamaborpit

Location: Bangkok, next to Chitlada Palace, King Bhumipol’s residence.

Commuting Means: By bus, by taxi.

Construction Period: In A.D.1899 by Instruction of King Rama V.

 

High Light Point: The Thai-style Marble Temple with some European decoration.                                                      

Visiting Time: 2 hours

 

Brief Description:

Wat Benchamabopit, better known to foreigners as the Marble Temple, is located in the area among a cluster of important buildings, firstly, Pra Thinang anantasamakom being used previously as King Throne and the parliament, secondly, the government house, and thirdly, the present king’s residence.

 

The Temple was founded by H.M.King Rama V in A.D.1899 on occasion of his reign as the King of the kingdom of Siam. The temple was constructed in mixing architecture of Thai styles with some European influence such as using some stained glass windows and the temple is decorated with white Carrana marble. The temple is also employed some Chinese stones sculpted in different postures for decoration around the monastery compound.

To be seen:

The Marble Temple: It was commanded construction by King Rama V for a memorial on the occasion of his reign to the throne. The temple is regarded as one of the finest Thai-style architecture structures in the Bangkok period. The building is now used for keeping the Buddha image, Pra Buddha Chinaraj, a remade or copied model of the beautiful one from Pisanuloke province.

The Images of Buddha: A great collection of Buddha images of different artistic styles of different period brought in together from various places. This collection includes original and copied works from all relevant artistic periods of South-East Asian Buddhist art. It is believed that the impressive collection of 52 Buddha images is far more extensive than any collection in Thai museum.

A cluster of the buildings: Sala Si Somdet, the building was built by four royalties. It is a four glables structure placing some drums in the middle. The next group of four buildings is called “Phra Thinang Song Phanuad” which was used as residence of King Rama V while H.M. the King was in monk hood for practicing Buddism. Part of the building is now residence of the temple’s abbot and the other part is used as a museum exhibits some Buddism images, paintings, mural showing activities of  King Rama V as well as some historic events and Thai cultures.

In the temple compound, there is a small cannel separate the monastery area into two sections, the first one is situated the marble temple and the other section locates the buildings including the abbot and the monks’ residence.

The marble temple is one among a few temples that doesn’t carry cremation ceremony. It may hold any royal or noble family’s member death ceremony.

Reference:

1. วัดเบญจมบพิตรดุสิตวนาราม, เรียบเรียงโดยนายชลธี ธรรมวรางกูร, จัดพิมพ์โดยฝ่ายการเผยแผ่และประชาสัมพันธ์วัดเบญจมบพิตรดุสิตวนาราม, 2552

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