The Marble Temple or Wat Benchamabopitr is a magnificent wonder that everyone should get the chance to go visit if in Bangkok.
This was the first Thai temple that I had the pleasure of experiencing and it did not disappoint. The temple as the name suggests is made from marble, Italian marble to be precise, and the traditional multi-tiered glazed tiled roofs are spectacular. One of the highlights this temple has to offer compared to others around the city are the walled gardens that the Temple situates. Spending an hour here would be easy taking in the breathtaking architecture, from the window frames to the statues that guard the buildings, this is an area of beauty to be seen.
One tip before you visit would be to dress appropriately as this is required to enter the temple halls, which is a must, taking in the beautiful crossbeam ceilings and Buddha images.
Walking around the gardens you will come across the canal, a lovely relaxing area next to the "Four Princess Pavillion" housing two large wooden drums and one long drum made from one log of rosewood. This is a tranquil, beautiful relaxing place that is made for special occasions. It so happened that we were there at the time of a wedding, not a local wedding, but of a couple that had organised a small ceremony for their family while renewing the vows.
If you are a traveler looking for a photo op or a family looking for a memorable memento of Bangkok this is defiantly one place to visit, and the Central Location of the temple in Bangkok (Nakornpathom Rd, Dusit District) makes visiting the attraction all that easier.
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