No other continent on the planet can boast such a huge number of temples as Asia. This is not surprising, because it is Asia that is the birthplace of most of the world’s dominant religions, as well as other beliefs. Religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism and a number of others inspired mankind to build the most famous temples in the world, which will be discussed in this collection
10. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is the most famous temple of the Baha’i religion. The lotus shape is achieved thanks to 27 huge petals made of concrete. The temple was opened in 1986 and has become one of the main attractions not only in New Delhi, but also in India.
9. Ranakpur Temple
The central temple of Ranakpur is a real architectural marvel. It rests on 1444 marble pillars, each with its own unique features. The building was erected approximately in the 14–15th century. Read more in a separate article at the link above.
8. Taktsang Jong Monastery
Perched on the edge of a 900-meter cliff, Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest, is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. To get here, you need to make a two-hour journey, climbing the mountain. The structure was built in the 17th century, but destroyed in a fire in 1998, after which it was carefully restored.
7. Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most famous temple in Bangkok. Its main treasure is a 66 cm jade Buddha statue. It is believed to be one of the oldest Buddha statues in the world.
6. Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Tiantan Heaven Temple was built between 1406 and 1420 and is a Taoist temple. It is surrounded by a very beautiful park, a favorite vacation spot for locals.
5. Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji
The Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji is the most famous landmark in the city of Kyoto in Japan. It was built in the 14th century as a villa and then converted into a temple. In 1950, a mad monk set fire to the temple, and it was only possible to restore it a few years later.
4. Harmandir Sahib
Harmandir Sahib is better known as the Golden Temple, the main attraction of Armitsar and the religious shrine of the Sikhs. Its construction began in the 16th century, and in the 19th century its upper floors were covered with gold. There are always a lot of people here, thousands of pilgrims visit the temple every day.
Baalbek is an amazing ruins of an ancient city in the northeast of modern Lebanon. Starting from the first century BC, the Romans built three amazing temples here, the temple of Jupiter, the Small Temple and the temple of Venus. Only the smallest temple is the best preserved, while the other two turned into ruins.
Borobudur is located on the Indonesian island of Java, 40 kilometers northwest of Jakarta. This is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple in Indonesia. It took approximately 75 years to build in the 8th and 9th centuries. The site was abandoned in the 14th century for unknown reasons that are still a mystery. For centuries, Borobudur has been hidden in the jungle under layers of volcanic ash.
1. Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex built at the beginning of the 12th century on a special terrace. Angkor Wat has been a religious center since its construction, first as a Hindu temple and then as a Buddhist one.
These were the 10 most famous temples in Asia. On the pages of LifeGlobe you will find stories about a huge number of other equally amazing structures in the world.