Asia is a very big and breathtaking continent. What makes it breathtaking then? Its friendly and welcoming people are just some of the reasons why this continent is continually visited by millions of foreigners from the other continents. Mouth watering Asian cuisines are also other reasons why the number of foreign people who keep on coming here is endless. Most of all, Asia is packed with so many breathtaking and exotic destinations. Beautiful beaches, towering mountains, magnificent views, name it and Asia has it. It’s also a continent that’s rich in history, and this can be confirmed by the great numbers of temples that can be found here. In relation to this, here are 15 beautiful temples in Asia you must visit:
- The Temple of Heaven, China – It’s in the early days of 14th century when this temple was built. It is otherwise known as Altar of Heaven, and it can be found in the capital city of China, which is Beijing. In the past years, this temple had important function. It was where the emperors of Qing Dynasty and Ming Dynasty used to pray twice a year for good harvest.
- The Sri Sivan Temple, Singapore – It’s actually a Hindu temple that’s built in Singapore several years in the past. It was in the year 1850 when it was finally opened for public. Thousands of devotees come here every single day just to pray and give some offerings. Originally, it was built in Potong Pasir, but it was later transferred to Geylang.
- Yakcheonsa Temple, Korea – With the total area of 3,305 square meters, this temple is considered to be the largest temple that can be found in East Asia. It is a Buddhist temple built during the Joseon Dynasty. Huge Buddha portraits are sculpted in its walls.
- Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, India – As per Guinness Book of World Records, this is the world’s wealthiest Hindu temple. It’s all because of the great numbers of gold and precious stones engraved into this structure. It was during the 16th century when this temple was built.
- Virupaksha Temple, Bangalore – This temple can be found in Hampi, Bangalore. It was dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is declared as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Before, it was just a small shrine, but the Vijayanagara rulers decided to make it huge as what it is nowadays.
- Yakushi-ji, Japan – It is another temple in Asia that’s declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Yahushi Nyorai, who was also known as “The Medicine Buddha” was the inspiration of naming this temple in Japan.
- Sanctuary of Truth, Thailand – This temple was built for many years before it was finally completed. What’s very interesting about it is that it’s mainly built of wood. It can be found in the city of Pattaya.
- Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Thailand – This is a symbol of King Prasat Thong’s reign in Thailand. It was way back in the year 1630 when this temple was built. It’s a Buddhist temple visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists everyday.
- The Lama Temple, China – Yonghe Temple is the other name of this structure. It was during the Qing Dynasty when it was built, specifically in the year 1694. This was originally built for eunuchs who were serving the emperor. Later on however, it’s converted into Yin Zhen’s court.
- Sri Senpaga Vinayagar, Singapore – During the early days of 1850s, this temple was built in honor of the Hindu God known as Ganesha. Its exact location in Singapore is in Ceylon Road. A wedding hall, classrooms, halls, kitchens, and libraries are available in this temple.
- Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore – This temple was built with Dravidian structure, and it’s the oldest Hindu temple that can be found in Singapore. It was in 1827 when this temple was founded. It was built in honor to the three Hindu Gods namely Shiva, Ganesh, and Durga.
- Borobudur Temple, Indonesia – Javanese Buddhist architects were the ones who built this very old temple way back in 9th century. It’s the biggest Buddhist temple the world has to offer. It’s composed of 504 Buddha statues surrounding the entire premises, 2,672 relief panels, and 72 Buddha statues on its central dome.
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia – It was built in the 12th century. Originally, it was built to be a Hindu temple, but later on converted into a Buddhist one. This is also known as Capital Temple, and the number one tourist attraction in Cambodia.
- Kinkaku-ji, Japan – 1397 was the exact year when this temple was built. In the Onin war, this temple was burnt down. It was then reconstructed, and burnt down again by a monk on July 2, 1950. In the year 1955, this temple was rebuilt.
- Temple of Bacchus, Lebanon – It was around 150 C.E. when this temple was built. It is also called Temple of the Sun. Romans were the ones who built it in honor of Bacchus, who happened to be the Roman’s God of wine.
These are the 15 beautiful temples in Asia you must visit. Truly, seeing these temples in person is a worth-remembering experience.