Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, known widely as the Marble Temple, stands out as one of Thailand’s most striking sights. Completed in 1899 under the reign of King Rama V, the structure is made primarily of Italian white Carrara marble. The temple’s bot, or chapel, is furthermore a prime example of Thai architectural trends at the turn of the century, particularly in the incorporation of European components such as stained glass windows. The main building’s interior is magnificently decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold. A courtyard behind the bot, moreover, contains 53 Buddha images (33 originals and 20 copies), representing famous images and styles from throughout Asia, Thailand and other Buddhist countries.
In central Bangkok on Rama V Road. Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is open to tourists every day from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. A taxi ride from Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit takes approximately 20 minutes.