Wat Benchamabophit

Thailand's most European wat

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What we say: 3 stars

The white Italian-marble Wat Benchamabophit was restored and enlarged in 1899 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

According to the King's wishes, some of his ashes are now interred at the base of the central Buddha image.

The wat houses a huge collection of Buddha statues of different periods from all over the Buddhist world. Another attraction is the chanting hall, which is surrounded by a gallery of 52 Buddha images from various periods and regions.

Besides the stunning marble, another European touch is the wat's stained glass windows - it is the only wat in Thailand featuring them. The pleasant grounds are nice for a stroll and feature a canal full of turtles given to the wat by those wishing to make merit. While visiting take a five baht coin out of your wallet. Recognise anything? The wat depicted on the back of the five baht coin is Wat Benchamabophit.

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Corner of Sri Ayutthaya and Rama V Rds
http://expo.nectec.or.th/pavilions/watbencha/
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:30
How to get there: The wat is situated by the intersection of Thanon Sri Ayutthaya and Thanon Phra Rama V just south of Dusit Park. Buses 5, 18, 56, 70, 72, 503 and 515 stop nearby.
Last updated: 2nd February, 2012

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