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Wat Benchamabophit

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It could be argued that no king left a greater mark on Bangkok than Rama V, and no temple is as closely linked to him as Wat Benchamabophit. This distinctive example of late Rattanakosin period architecture is best known for a four-sided ordination hall built out of imported Italian marble in 1899.

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While a monastery has existed here since the Ayutthaya period, the site only took on a royal presence in the 1820s when five of Rama III’s princes established a military position here to defend against a Lao army that never made it to Bangkok. The king renamed the temple Wat Benchabophit, or “Five Princes Monastery.” In 1873, Rama V (Chulalongkorn) ordained here for 15 days, after which the temple was renamed Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, “Monastery of the Fifth King near Dusit Palace”, or “Wat Bench” ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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