Asia is proud of its long history and thousands of ancient temples bringing impressive regional architectural features. These temples are places to worship different gods. The following impressive temples with the unique architecture become the most attractive destinations in Asia that attract millions of visitors.
If coming to Asian nations, you should not miss Thatbyinnyu Temple (Bagan, Myanmar), Lotus Temple (New Delhi, India), White Temple (Chiang Rai, Thailand), Gawdawpalin Temple (Bagan, Myanmar), Temple of Heaven (Beijing, China), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam, India), Fushimi Inari Taisha, Fushimi-ku (Kyoto, Japan) and Shwe Maw Daw Temple (Bago, Myanmar).
Thatbyinnyu Temple, Bagan, Myanmar
Thatbyinnyu temple was built in the 12th century when the Emperor Alaungsithu was ruling the country. Thatbyinnyu is the highest temple in Bagan. The grandiose Thatbyinnyu temple is whitewashed and resemble an ancient Christian monastery during the Renaissance. Inside the temple are statues of Buddha with various shapes. A special thing is that all the walls are inlaid with gold. Coming to this temple, visitors get a chance to admire Buddhist murals of Myanmar.
Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India
Lotus Temple is always on the list of unique architectural works in the world. Lotus Temple is located 5 kilometers to the north of New Delhi, India. Lotus temple was built in 1976 and completed in 1986. Seeing from above, the entire temple is shaped like a blossoming lotus. Lotus Temple is one of the wonders of the modern architecture. The shape of lotus is symbolic the pure soul. Taking a stop at the temple will make visitors feel relaxed.
White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The White Temple is named Wat Rong Khun in Thai language. The White Temple was designed and built by Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a painter and an architect. With the distinctive architecture, this unique temple is the most attractive destination in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Visitors can admire unique works, from the sculpture to the architecture.
Gawdawpalin Temple, Bagan, Myanmar
In Bagan is located a long-standing temple that is built from the late 12th century to the early 13th century. This ancient temple is one of the greatest destinations for travelers who wish to explore the culture and history of Myanmar. Gawdawpalin is constructed on high mountains. From the foot of the mountain, the unique architecture of Gawdawpalin becomes a prominent landmark in Bagan, Myanmar.
Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
Temple of Heaven is one of the most beautiful and famous temples in China. This temple was built between 1406 and 1420 during the reign of the Emperor Yongle, who was responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The temple is surrounded by the green park that brings the majestic beauty to this architecture.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is located on an area of 631,000 square meters and a circumference of 1,116 meters. This is the largest temple in India with the largest religious complex in the world. Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is encompassed with 7 concentric walls with a total length of 9,780 meters and these walls have a total of 21 towers. Of the architectural masterpieces of the temple, the Hall of 1000 pillars (in fact only 953 pillars) is the most impressive one.
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Fushimi Inari Taisha, which is located on Inari mountain, shows many Japanese features. This temple worships the goddess of rice and the prosperity. Here visitors not only see the special architecture of the temple but also are impressed by thousands of red gates surrounding the beautiful trails. The shrine of Fushimi Inari was established in 711 and the leading shrine of the 40,000 shrines of Inari worship, the goddess of rice and the prosperity in Japan.
Shwe Maw Daw Temple, Bago, Myanmar
Shwe Maw Daw is one of the highest temples in Myanmar and its main tower is 114 meters high. This is the place where hair sarinas of Shakyamuni Buddha are preserved. This place promises to be a fun discovery during your journey in Myanmar. The temple also owns a bell produced in the Dhammazedi dynasty, a crown in the reign of King Bayinpauung, an umbrella and a water filter in the period of the King Bodawpaya. The temple was built by the brothers of Mahasala and Kullasala. They designed a small stupa to worship two Buddha’s strands of hair.