Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia

Asia is home to multitudinous marvels that show up on every avid traveler’s wish-list. The largest continent boasts some of the most awe-inspiring artworks in the world and the temples in Asia are explored time and again to witness the astounding scale of craftsmanship.

If you’re yet to embark on such a blissful journey, the following round-up of the ten finest temples in Asia will help you. These holy places are sure to absorb your senses with amazing work of art and lovely surrounds.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Undisputed artistry

More than 2,500 years old, Shwedagon Pagoda casts a startling craftsmanship in gold and diamond. For the Burmese, it is the most sacred Buddhist shrine which preserves the remains of the last four Buddhas. You can view this huge stupa from anyplace in the city.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar

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As the sun sets, the gold and diamond artwork displays a colorful spark. And this makes a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda even more special.

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

Magnificence personified

For ten centuries, volcanic ash covered up its existence until the rediscovery happened in 1815. Widely acclaimed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur Temple is a must-visit. Housing 504 Buddha statues, the temple was constructed out of near about two million blocks of stone and without any cement! The ten levels of Borobudur represent the three divisions of Buddhist cosmology.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Borobudur Java Indonesia

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For many, the glorious appeal and the remarkable design of this monument set against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush green fields is yet to get a match.

Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Mighty and majestic

Constructed initially as a Hindu temple, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be the largest Buddhist monument in the world now. Standing a whopping 699 feet tall, Angkor Wat is the crown of Cambodia. The green surroundings are a feast for the eyes and then as you get closer to the structure, the workmanship startles. Inside the temple, you’ll love to go through the scenes of battles and mythological stories engraved on the walls.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Angkor Wat Angkor Cambodia

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A visit to Angkor Wat can hardly be missed if you possess an attraction towards Hindu myths and legends.

Prambanan, Java, Indonesia

Breathtaking beauty

A splendid specimen of Hindu culture invites a good number of tourists year-round to this pretty island. Prambanan is often regarded as the most famous Hindu temple in the world. Its three important parts beckon for a fine exploration. Walking past the outer area, Candi Perwara (224 shrines) in the middle part waits to amaze; and then, comes the primary area consisting of three main shrines. The depiction of Hindu mythology through paintings and statues constitutes the magnetism of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Prambanan Java Indonesia

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Javanese believe in an interesting legend behind the construction of Prambanan. Make sure not to miss out on this tell-tale session.

Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

Floral wonder

Sparkling white marble creates a giant shape of the lotus flower and evokes a sense of awe. Spectacular is the word for Lotus Temple. The colossal white petals come together to create nine sides beautified with nine pools.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Lotus Temple New Delhi India

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Also known as the Bahai House of Worship, Lotus Temple is situated amidst a gorgeous landscape complete with lovely gardens.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Pristine charm

Thailand is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful temples. But, the beauty of Wat Rong Khun is incomparable. Popularly called The White Temple, this stunning structure testifies to the excellence of modern Thai art. The striking sculptures scattered everywhere around the temple are works of a genius. And the genius is Thailand’s renowned artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, the man behind the magnum opus named Wat Rong Khun.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai Thailand

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To Chalermchai, The White Temple is symbolic of the purity of heaven. Visit Wat Rong Khun and find out whether you visualize heaven like that of Chalermchai.

Taktsang Dzong (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan

Escape to the kingdom of fantasy

A trip to Taktsang Dzong is an adventurous journey you’ll never forget. Set on the top of a 3,000 feet cliff overlooking the charming Paro valley, Tiger’s Nest wears a hypnotic allure. From the parking lot, it may come as an illusion. But, when you reach this marvel of Bhutan after a two-hour hike, you’ll find it easier to grasp its very existence.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Taktsang Dzong Tigers Nest Bhutan

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Adherents of religion other than Buddhism require special permit to step inside Taktsang Dzong monastery.

Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar, India

Sparkling spectacle

Dazzling in gold and marble, Harmandir Sahib is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Popularly known as The Golden Temple, it is the most sacred place for Sikhs. The tranquil environment enhances the structure’s grandiosity and makes Harmandir Sahib an ideal place for meditation.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Harmandir Sahib Golden Temple Amritsar India

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Don’t miss the musical water show at night. The color play is amazing!

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

A sight to savor

The distinctiveness of this structure’s design is applauded throughout the world. Built in 15th century by Emperor Yongle (who also constructed the Forbidden City) and originally called Temple of Heaven and Earth, Temple of Heaven got its present name in 16th century when Emperor JiaJing constructed separate areas for the temples of the sun, moon and earth. Emperor Yongle often visited the temple to pray for country’s fortune.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Temple of Heaven Beijing China

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A close look at the architecture reveals that the round symbolizes heaven and the square represents earth.

Bulguksa Temple, North Gyeongsang, South Korea

Restored Treasure

Since its establishment in 535, Bulguksa Temple experienced several invasions. As a result, many of its gems are lost. The restoration that took place post Japanese invasion of late 16th century preserved seven stone structures as Korean National Treasures.

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia Bulguksa Temple North Gyeongsang South Korea

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A serene and scenic setting exists around this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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