Wat Benchamabophit: The Marble Temple & A New Camera Lens

Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) & My New Camera Lens

Firstly, I’ll be honest with you, until yesterday, I wasn’t even aware of Wat Benchamabophit, or The Marble Temple as it’s more easily known existed.

Secondly, I am always so grateful that many of Thailand’s most famous temples are known under other names. ‘The Marble Temple’ is much easier to write than… the actual real name of the temple.

Having experienced it though, I am surprised it doesn’t have more ‘clout’ in the list of tourist attractions in Bangkok. Of course, it may well have serious clout, but maybe I’m a philistine. It’s not for me to say if I’m a philistine or not, I’ll leave that up to you.

Anyway, let’s have a photo of it that I took with my new lens…

Thai Temple on a wet day
Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple)

It’s not too shabby a looking place, is it?! And lucky for us all, it rained a bit just before I took this which is why the marbled floor looks so spectacular. The floor looks excellent, mainly because of my superb photo skills and the new lens, but I must give some credit to Mother Nature.

New Lens

Did I mention that I bought a new lens for my iPhone and that this was my first day out with it? Well, that’s what I did, and the results were pretty positive overall. I may have gone slightly snap-happy at one point, mainly after I started playing with the camera, filters. I may even have taken several arty black and white photos of my wife and her friend, Ao…

Two women in black and white photo in a temple
Black and White Shot of Wat Benchamabophit

I’m going to play it down as that is my in-built fallback, but I’m quite pleased with this photo. What also helps with the photo is that not another soul was there. Covid-19 has its obvious downsides but it has done wonders for this photo!

It’s also probably got something to do with my new lens, which I may, or may not have mentioned.

A Thai temple with a grey sky and rain
The Marble Temple, Bangkok

My images are still sometimes lopsided, but due to a childhood operation, I have one leg shorter than the other. So, if you mock that my photos are occasionally slightly crooked, you are in fact, making fun of an eight-year-old boy in agony and alone…

The History of The Marble Temple

Wat Benchamabophit is not as old as it looks with its construction taking place in 1899. I always expect Thai temples to be older as nearly every other I’ve been to seems to be older than Rod Stewart. I don’t think Stewart is incredibly old; it’s just that he seems to try awfully hard to be young.

Anyway.

The temple’s construction was ordered by King Rama V and was overseen by one of his sons Prince Narisranuvattivongse, (I’ve checked the spelling several times for that name, so it’s definitely correct!

Around the outer wall stand 50 Buddha images all designed in several poses each one signifying something different. For example the Buddha below has his hand held out like forbidding relatives to fight one another.

Close shot of a buddha with one hand out
The ‘Chill Out, Guys’ Buddha

On a serious note, with the lack of tourists all rushing around taking photos with inferior camera lenses, a sense of calm enveloped me. I very much doubt I will ever ‘find’ religion but I can certainly see how these serene, calming moments can help people feel closer to something.

Close up of a bell in a thai temple
Bell in The Marble Temple

If this has wet your appettite for more thai temples then you can find that here – The Top 5 Must See Temples In Bangkok

(The photos may not be as good as in this post but I didn’t have a new lens then!)

You can find Wat Benchamabophit in the Dusit District of Bangkok and is open everyday between 8.30 am – 5.30pm

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rivergirl says:

    How lovely. Made all the more so by your exemplary photography skills. … for once your lopsided view of the world paid off.
    šŸ‘

  2. Very nice temple, but Iā€™m still leaning toward philistine.

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