While wandering through the Dusit neighborhood of Bangkok today I had the good fortune of visiting Wat Benchamabophit – also known as the Marble Temple.
Built in 1899, the temple is constructed of white Carrara marble from Italy and remains the only wat in the city to meld traditional Thai architecture with distinctly Europen features.
Unlike anywhere else in Bangkok, one can immediately feel the European influence in everything from the large wooden ceiling beams in the shape of a cross, to the royal blue backdrop behind the large golden Buddha in the main temple.
For me, the most striking views were of the stained glass windows depicting images of Buddha. The intricate green and yellow images positioned above the open windows, framed traditional red and gold Thai architecture, creating the perfect union between the East and the West.