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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, Dusit,  Bangkok, Thailand

The Phra Buddha Chinnarat Buddha image  Inside the ubosot or ordination hall you will find the main Buddha image of the marble temple, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat in subduing Mara position with a beautiful illuminated blue background. The image is a copy of the original Phra Buddha Chinnarat, a magnificent 7 centuries old image located in the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple in Phitsanulok province. Under the bronze Buddha statue, the ashes of King Rama V are buried. On the left and right walls you will find niches with paintings of important stupas from across Thailand. In the galleries surrounding the ubosot you will find a display of 52 Buddha images dating from several periods and in various styles like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Dvaravati style.

Behind the ubosot is a Bodhi tree, ( see right )  that was brought over from Bodhgaya in India, where the Buddha reached enlightenment. A Dhamma lecture hall close to the ubosot was used by King Chulalongkorn to listen to Dhamma sessions. Some more structures around the Wat are the abbots living quarters and a bell tower.

The Wat Benchamabophit is an active temple, the monks private living quarters are across the canal separated from the temple area. Starting around 6 am, people from outside the temple come here to bring food offerings to the monks unlike other temples, where the monks go out on the street to receive food.

How to get to the Wat Benchamabophit  The Wat Benchamabophit is located on the intersection of Thanon Rama V and Thanon Si Ayutthaya. Since there is no BTS Sky train or MRT Subway station nearby, the best way to get there is by metered taxi. A visit to the marble temple can easily be combined with the Vimanmek Mansion and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, since they are just a few hundred meters apart. Admission & opening hours The temple is open daily from 8 am until 5:30 pm. Admission is 20 Thai Baht. As in any temple please dress appropriately, especially since this is one temple of highest importance in the country.

Address  69 Rama V Road, Chitralada, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300, Thailand

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