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10 Most Famous Temples in Asia

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There is no other continent that has as numerous temples as Asia. It’s not surprising since Asia was the origin of many of the world’s most popular religions and a variety of other faiths. Many of them, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism, are the source of inspiration for many of the most well-known temples around the globe.

1. Lotus Temple

yellow concrete temple

The temple is known for its Lotus Temple due to its flower-like design. The Baha’i House worship is among the world’s most well-known shrines part of The Baha’i Faith. The Lotus shape of the temple is made up of 27 free-standing marble-clad flowers placed in clusters of three to create nine sides. Since being inaugurated in 1986, it has become one of Delhi’s most popular structures. The sprawling park surrounding is well maintained, but it is mostly not open to the public.

2. Ranakpur Temple

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In honor of Adinatha dedicated to Adinatha, the Jain Temple located in Ranakpur is majestical atop the hill’s slope. The temple is surrounded by 1444 marble pillars carved with exquisite precision. The pillars are each uniquely made, and each pillar is not identical. The design of the temple and the quadrupled images symbolize Tirthankara’s victory over each of the four direction cardinals and, consequently, the universe. The construction time of this temple is a bit disputed, but it was most likely built in the late 14th century and the mid-15th century.

3. Taktsang Dzong

white and red building on a mountainside

It is situated on the edge of a 900-meter (3,000 feet) rock. The Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest provides a spectacular view and is considered the unofficial representation of Bhutan. It’s 2 to 3 hours completely uphill from the parking area to the monastery. The first monastery was built around the 17th-century. However, many of its buildings were destroyed by a devastating flame that erupted in 1998. Since then, the temple has been meticulously renovated to its original splendor.

4. Temple of the Emerald Buddha

gold and red dragon statue

Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is an iconic temple located in Bangkok situated on the Grand Palace’s grounds. The main structure comprises the central Ubosoth that houses the Emerald Buddha. The jade Buddha is adorned with gold; it is among the oldest and most well-known Buddha statues found anywhere.

5. Temple of Heaven

brown and white temple under clear blue sky

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is considered a Taoist Temple, even though Chinese Heaven worship dates back to Taoism. The temple was built from 1406 until 1420 during the period of the Yongle Emperor, who was also the one responsible for the creation of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is not just a stunning sight but also located in a huge public park popular with the local population who practice Tai Chi in the mornings and during weekends.

6. Golden Pavilion

view of pagoda by water and trees

Kinkaku-Ji or Kinkaku-Ji or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion is Kyoto’s most well-known tourist attraction. The building was originally constructed as a retirement home for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 14th century, and it was later changed to a Zen temple by his son. The pavilion was destroyed in 1950 by a monk obsessed with the structure, and the structure was rebuilt in the following five years exactly like the original. The gorgeous landscape and reflection of the temple against the water make for an impressive view.

7. Harmandir Sahib

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Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Harmandir Sahib, better known as the Golden Temple, is the main attraction in Amritsar and is the most significant religious site for the Sikhs. Guru Ramdas Ji started the building of the temple. It was completed in the 16th century by Guru Arjan, his son. Guru Arjan. in the late 19th century in 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the temple in gold, which created its unique appearance and its English name. It’s a beautiful temple and is always full of people from all across India eager to be in a place usually only seen on TV.

8. Baalbek

brown building

Baalbek is an amazing archeological site located in the northeastern region of Lebanon. Beginning in the first century BC and for two centuries in the area, the Romans built three temples at Baalbek: Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus. The temple was designed to be the biggest temple of the Roman empire. The Jupiter temple Jupiter was lined with massive granite columns, each approximately 21 meters (70 feet) tall. Six of these massive columns are left standing today, but they’re awe-inspiring. The most well-preserved temple on the temple site is The Temple of Bacchus, constructed in 150 AD.

9. Borobudur

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The Borobudur is situated on The Indonesian island known as Java, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Yogyakarta The Borobudur is the biggest and most well-known Buddhist Temple in Indonesia. The Borobudur was constructed over 75 years between the 9th and the 8th centuries under the Sailendra kingdom Sailendra which was built out of around 2 million pieces of stone. The site was abandoned in the 14th century for reasons that remain unsolved and for centuries was hidden within the forest under piles of volcanic ash.

10. Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat (“City Temple”) is a massive temple complex in Angkor constructed for King Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century as his official Temple and Capital City. Angkor Wat stands on an elevated terrace over the remaining area of the city. It is composed of three galleries in rectangular form rising towards a higher central tower than the one before it. The only temple in Angkor to remain was an important religious site from the beginning, initially as it was initially a Hindu temple, later as an Angkorian Buddhist temple.

 

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