Inside The David Beckham Temple in Bangkok

Published July 16th, 2020 - 07:15 GMT

Bangkok is a splendid mix of traditional and modern juxtapositions and influences, a bustling hub of surprises. Not even the revered Buddhist temples, or wats, escape the thin line of contrasts and contradictions. Here, we take you inside the famous Beckham Temple.

Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

The head monk at the temple is a Manchester United supporter, so he thought it would be a great idea to have the image included on the base of the shrine. I’m not sure what he thinks now that David Beckham no longer plays for Manchester United. This is definitely one of the weird and quirky temples we have been to. 
 

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This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Superman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Superman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Spiderman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Spiderman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Dragon Ball manga character Master Roshi on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Dragon Ball manga character Master Roshi on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary rabbit-like creature taking a selfie outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary rabbit-like creature taking a selfie outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows Buddha statues inside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows Buddha statues inside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a gold-plated sculpture of British football player David Beckham (R) in a Manchester United jersey at the base of a Buddha statue at the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the t

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a gold-plated sculpture of British football player David Beckham (R) in a Manchester United jersey at the base of a Buddha statue at the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a detail on the roof of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a detail on the roof of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Superman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Spiderman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Dragon Ball manga character Master Roshi on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary rabbit-like creature taking a selfie outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows Buddha statues inside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a gold-plated sculpture of British football player David Beckham (R) in a Manchester United jersey at the base of a Buddha statue at the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the t
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a detail on the roof of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Superman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Superman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Spiderman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a figure of Spiderman on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Dragon Ball manga character Master Roshi on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Dragon Ball manga character Master Roshi on the facade of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary rabbit-like creature taking a selfie outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a statue of an imaginary rabbit-like creature taking a selfie outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the statue of an imaginary creature outside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows Buddha statues inside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows Buddha statues inside the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a gold-plated sculpture of British football player David Beckham (R) in a Manchester United jersey at the base of a Buddha statue at the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the t
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a gold-plated sculpture of British football player David Beckham (R) in a Manchester United jersey at the base of a Buddha statue at the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a detail on the roof of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows a detail on the roof of the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname.
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
This photograph taken on July 14, 2020 shows the Wat Pariwat Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pariwat, also known as "the David Beckham Temple", is decorated with statues of superheroes and comic characters as well as mythical and imaginary creatures. A golden-plated sculpture of the English football player holding the base of a Buddha statue in one of the buildings gives the temple its nickname. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

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