Asia has been a home to diverse cultures and traditions since time immemorial. From modern-day skyscrapers to ancient temples, Asia is one continent where a tourist will never fall short of places to visit. While we can keep on talking about the blessings of Asia, we will put some restraint and focus on temples that make Asia a huge attraction.
In this article, we have shortlisted a few temples that feature some of the most brilliant architectural and cultural elements, giving way to awe and wonder.
So, without further ado, here are five amazing temples in Asia you should visit:
One of the most magnificent places on earth, Lotus Temple is a place to seek spiritual respite from worldly affairs.
The temple is known for its Lotus-shaped architecture and as a main worshipping place of the Bahá’í faith. The Lotus-shape was achieved with the help of 27 free standing marble petals arranged in a group of three to create nine sides.
Ever since its opening in the year 1986, it has remained as one of the most visited places in Delhi and one of the most visited temples in the continent.
Bhutan is home to everything beautiful—forests, sprawling mountains, cool weather and of course, temples. One exceptional temple blessing this small, landlocked country is TaktsangDzong or famously known as the Tiger’s Nest.
Sitting on the edge of a steep cliff, Tiger’s Nest is regarded as symbolic of the country’s prestige. The Monastery was built in the 17th century, but a substantial portion was destroyed in a fire in the year 1998. However, despite the tragedy, the arduous efforts of the authorities have successfully restored the temple to its original glory.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The Temple of Emerald Buddha—locally known as the WatPhraKaew—is a popular temple in Bangkok situated in proximity to the Grand Palace.
The central building of the temple is ubosoth that houses the revered Emerald Buddha. It is a jade statue decorated in gold clothing and is among the oldest and most magnificent Buddha statues in the world.
Temple of Heaven
The temple feels as heavenly as its name. Situated in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is considered a Taoist temple. It was built from 1406 to 1420 under the aegis of the Yongle Emperor, who is famous for the construction of the formidable Forbidden City.
The Temple is surrounded by an expansive public park famous with local residents for practicing tai chi.
If it is about remarkable Asian temples, Angkor Wat will always find a notable mention.
Constructed by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the biggest Hindu temple in the world. It is known for its architectural bliss with spectacular rectangular galleries climbing up to a central tower. The entire temple complex stands on a terrace above the rest of the city.
Angkor Wat is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world!