Bangkok, Thailand ~ 1899
Wat Benchamabopit was constructed at the very end of 19th century in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Benchamabopit). It used to be like any other traditional temple whose ordination hall was made of wood. But several years later, its construction became renowned. Most of its structure is now generously constructed with pure white Italian marble, hence its nickname "The Marble Temple" (The Marble Temple – The Grand Ordination Hall).
The roofs of the temple are multi-layered and covered in a gold-like paint. At night, the roofs seem to light up and glitter like precious, real gold. The four-layered roof in the middle is supported by several marble poles and facing front, while the ones adjacent to it tiered and span through both sides. In front of two of the poles that are separated by the stairs leading to the main entrance, are two identical marble lion statues (The Marble Temple – The Grand Ordination Hall).
The main statue of Buddha, a reflection of Phra Buddhajinaraja, is, surprisingly, not covered with marble. Instead, it was made from bronze although its color is gold (Fox, Robert). The rows and rows of other statues of Buddha inside the ordination hall are dark colored, contrasting the white-colored marble.