Category Archive : Asia

10 Most Famous Temples in Asia

When you take into account how vast Asia is, and how many different cultures live there, it is easy to imagine why it is the continent with the highest number of temples in the world. The even biggest reason, however, would be the fact that many of today’s largest religions originated on Asian grounds, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, as well as dozens of smaller ones. 

Lotus Temple

The name of the temple comes from its structure which resembles the shape of a lotus flower. This majestic building the Bahá’í House of Worship and the most visited temple of this religion, as well as one of the most visited locations in Delhi. 

Ranakpur Temple

The temple in Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinatha and it is a central place of worship among the Jains. This incredible structure will leave anyone breathless, as it is situated on a hill and supported with almost 1500 marble pillars, which all differ in shape and their carvings from one another. 

Taktsang Dzong

Taktsang Dzong is considered to be a symbol of Bhutan and is also nicknamed the Tyger’s Nest. After it has been ruined by fire and reconstructed, the temple is more beautiful than ever. 

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

If you ever have an opportunity to visit Bangkok, Temple of the Emerald Buddha is something you have to experience in person. It is situated in the vicinity of the Grand Palace, so it is naturally one of the most visited and cherished temples in Bangkok. 

Temple of Heaven

This Taoist temple is one of the biggest ones in Beijing. If you ever visit it, you will be able to spot people practicing tai chi in the vast and stunning park surrounding the temple.

Golden Pavilion 

Golden Pavilion is Kyoto’s most prized possession and the most visited temples in this part of the country. It looks as if it had been built on water, which only adds to its splendor and popularity among the tourists. 

Harmandir Sahib

The Golden Temple, as it is also called, is the main place of worship for the Sikhs. The construction started in the 16th century but it has been improved even more since then so that it now has a gold exterior which makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Asia. 

Baalbek

Lebanon is home to this archaeological site, which was supposed to be the most magnificent temple in the Roman Empire. Centuries after, it still stands strong as one of the most famous Asian temples. 

Borobudur

Borobudur is the largest and most famous temple for Buddhism in Indonesia, and thousands of people go to the island of Java every year to admire its grandiose structure. Since the 14th century when it was abandoned, it stood covered with layers of volcanic ash, but that period remains a mystery. 

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II and its grounds were deliberately raised so that the king would be on higher grounds than the rest. First, it was used as a Hindu place of worship, then as a Buddhist temple.

5 Holy Sites in Jerusalem

 One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem has the highest concentration of sacred places compared to any other city ion the globe. Although it has been destroyed more on more than two occasions, captured and attacked countless times in the past, it is still the most famous religious city for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim people everywhere. 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

For both Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Church of the Holy Sepulchre represents one of the holiest places on Earth. It is the place of many well-known religious events, as it is here that Jesus was crucified and buried, as well as the place of his Resurrection. The main feature of this church is the Edicule, a chapel where the sepulcher is situated. These sacred grounds are filled with tourists praying or simply visiting the famous site. If you are planning on visiting Church of the Holy Sepulchre, be prepared to wait a long time to enter into the Edicule. 

Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock

In the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Dome of the Rock is considered to be the third holiest site for Muslims. It is also the number one most valued site in Judaism since it covers the Foundation Stone. The structure itself is majestically beautiful and large; however, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be filled with tension. 

The Western Wall

The Western Wall or the Wailing Wall, as it is also called, is beside the Temple Mount, center site for Judaism. The wall is all that remained from Jerusalem’s Second Temple, which was destroyed. However, Jews believe that the destruction of the physical did not destroy the spirit of the Temple, and they still come from all over the world to pray and put notes of prayers in the wall. You should keep in mind that you will be expected to wear a kippah, as this is a sacred Jewish site, but that won’t be a problem as they are free of charge. Also, there is a separate area for all female visitors.  

 Mount Zion

This place is sacred to both Christians and Jews, as it was the place of many religious settings in the past. You can find the Tomb of Kind David here, as well as the Room of the Last Supper. With such locations, no wonder that Mount Zion is one of the sacred and most popular places in Jerusalem. If that wasn’t enough, you can also find Dormition Abbey here, which is the place of the Virgin Mary’s eternal sleep. One thing to keep in mind is that you won’t have any phone signal when you visit the Tomb of Kind David.

Via Dolorosa

In religious circles, Via Dolorosa is known as the path that Jesus took to reach Golgotha after Pontius Pilate’s sentence. It translates to ‘the way of sorrows’ and it is one of the most popular and sacred roads for Christians who come here from all over the world to walk the same path that Jesus once walked. Just bring a hat or some protective clothing as it can get extremely hot during summer.