The temple began being built in 1899, by order of King Rama V. Benchamabophit means the temple of the fifth king. It is no coincidence that the king of Thailand wanted a temple here. After building his new palace in the area, and building the nearby Dusit district, the king wanted a temple for himself and his family.
In the Buddist monastery adjacent to the temple, is a religious school for Buddhist monks, learning and educating themselves about Buddhism. The current Thai king also received his education here before being crowned king.
The modern exterior of the temple is influenced by European architecture of the 19th century, by using marble and big stained-glass windows. All these were combined with many traditional elements of classical Thai buildings.
At Benchamabophit, the white marble walls are not the only things that sparkle. It seems that marble here is everywhere, the impressive columns, the lion gateway that protects the entrances, and the marble garden.
The inside of the temple offers a very luxurious feeling, enhanced by the golden columns that support the roof. Within many niches, you can see important monks' paintings throughout the history of Buddhism in Thailand. In the courtyard are over 50 portraits of Buddha.
In addition, there are many relaxation areas in the garden and the surrounding area.
Best to come here by tuk-tuk or by taxi. Buses in Bangkok are not organized enough, and are very confusing for tourists, and you may get very lost coming here by bus.
Don't believe the people outside the temple selling rare gems, it's a trick!
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.