ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – For those of you who want to travel during the year-end holidays, there’s no harm in spending time visiting temples in the world.
Reporting from various sources, here are 8 amazing temples in the world that you can visit.
- Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand
Located inside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is home to the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred statue in the country. The statue was carved from jade around the 15th century and is 66 cm (26 inches) high.
At the entrance to the Emerald Buddha chapel, you can see six pairs of dashing demon guards, who are believed to keep evil spirits from entering the temple.
- Tōdai-ji, Japan
Tōdai-ji Temple is the largest wooden construction in the world, which earned it its inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Apart from its impressive architecture, the temple also has a large bronze Buddha statue which is worth visiting.
- Abu Simbel, Egypt
The two Abu Simbel temples were built by Ramesses II in the 1960s. This temple was built on the side of a mountain that juts out into the Nile River.
Some scholars believe that these temples date back to 1264 BC after the pharaoh’s victory at the Battle of Kadesh, while others believe that they were built in 1244 BC after the Nubian Campaign of Ramesses and his sons.
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the architectural remains of the Khmer Empire and is an iconic monument of Cambodia, as well as being one of the main archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. At nearly 2 km2 (0.77 mi2), the temple is also one of the best-preserved structures of the entire Angkor site.
- Bagan Temple, Myanmar
The Bagan Plain is home to thousands of temples spread across the city of Bagan, Myanmar. As one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, Bagan’s temples are worth exploring. The Bagan archaeological area can be explored on foot, bicycle, horseback or even in a hot air balloon.
- Borobudur, Indonesia
Located on the island of Java, Indonesia, Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, with walls and balustrades consisting of 2,672 reliefs from various moments in Buddha’s life, as well as 504 statues of holy figures.
- Harmandir Sahib, India
Better known as the Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, India, is the holiest site in the Sikh religion. This monument is in the middle of the holy pool, and the top of the monument is covered with gold paper.
- Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, Tibet
As the most important holy site in Tibet, the Potala Palace was the residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. This impressive building has 1,000 rooms, including the White Palace, the Red Palace, and additional buildings. (ATN)
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