12 Beautiful Temples In Asia You Must Visit
Religious tourism is another aspect of regular tourism which you can explore well in Asia. The Asia has many beautiful temples which deserve a visit.
12. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This temple also features on the flag of Cambodia. This temple was constructed in early 12th century. The temple complex is scattered across a distance of 400 sq km and showcase the rich cultural tradition of bygone era.
11. Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
This is a 9th century Buddhist temple which is situated on a hillside in Java. This temple has been build with 2 million blocks of stones with no cement being used. The 504 Buddha statues in this temple represent a collage of different phases of his life.
10. Golden Temple, Amritsar
This is the holiest shrine for Sikh community in the world. This temple is an excellent manifestation of Islamic and Hindu design and yet represents the sentiments of the Sikh community.
9. White Temple, Thailand
The contemporary style of White Temple or Wat Rong Khun is one of its biggest attractions. The depiction of Thai Buddha art form adds a unique charm to this temple complex and makes it special.
8. Temples of Bagan, Burma
An estimated number of 4000 temples were constructed in Bagan plains and 2200 of these still stand intact. These create an aesthetic view and sunrise is especially worth watching in this place.
7. Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand
This temple also known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha is situated within ground of Bangkok’s grand palace. The Emerald Buddha, a statue adored in gold clothing gas also been placed here.
6. Kek Lok Si, Malaysia
The construction of Kek Lok Si began in 1890 and new structures are still being added. The most unique feature of this temple is that you will get to see influence of Buddhist, Hinduism, Chinese and Taoism architecture in its designs.
5. Khajuraho, India
These temples designed during the 10th century still create a sense of astonishment among people who come from all across the world. The intricate sculptures and erotic carvings on its walls are worth exploring.
4. Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal
This is one of the most astounding and beautiful stupa in Nepal. Prayer flags flutter atop the stupa and spread the message of peace and harmony far and wide.
3. Temple of Heaven, China
The temple of heaven was built by Emperor Yongle during the 14th century. The architecture is unique in the sense that depictions which represent heaven are round while those symbolizing Earth are square.
2. Potala Palace, Tibet
The highest and ancient temple in the world has been the residence of HH the Dalai Lama from 7th century. The palace is now a state museum after the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959. Depiction of Tibetan culture can be seen in plenty here.
1. Besakih Temple, Bali, Indonesia
This temple is the oldest, largest and the holiest temple in Bali. The complex of over 80 temples, Besakih is famous for its depiction of unique architecture which reflects the essence of Buddhism and Hinduism.