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If football is a religion, these are its greatest temples in Asia

Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. There are football fans all over the globe and teams on every continent. Football is well developed and gladly played in Asia, too, although there aren’t that many players and teams that stand out from this part of the world. People who watch Asian leagues and competitions and teams that play in them are certainly devoted to football. Asian teams bring players from Europe to help them grow and increase their fan base.

It goes without saying that numerous Asian football players need a place to practice and play this sport. Asia, famous for its cultural diversity, ancient temples, churches, and cathedrals, also has a lot of football stadiums. Here are some of the greatest stadiums that you can find in Asia.

Ricardo 1st May Stadium

Ricardo 1st May Stadium is found in Pyongyang in North Korea. It is the largest stadium and the most beautiful one in Asia with the capacity to hold up to 150 000 people. It mainly hosts football games, of course, but it is also used for athletic events. The stadium got its name from the place where it was made and the date when it was made. Furthermore, this stadium seated over 100 000 people, including foreigners, who attended the ceremonies and celebrations of Kim II-Sung.

Bukit Jalil National Stadium

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium has a capacity of 110 000 seats and it is located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The stadium opened on January 1st, 1998, when the opening ceremony for Commonwealth Games took place. This is the Malaysian national football team’s main “battlefield” and they play most of their games at this stadium. It also serves many other purposes apart from being a football field. It has been used as a synthetic track, warm-up track broadcast studio, and a music hall. Moreover, the 2001 SAEAC Games were held here. 

Shah Alam Stadium

The Shah Alam Stadium, as the name gives reveals, is located in Shah Alam in Malaysia. It has a capacity of 81 145 seats. It mainly hosts, of course, football games, but it can also host some athletic events or other track games. The construction of the stadium started in 1990 and it was finished in 1994. The stadium features modern technology of all kinds, which makes it a perfect stadium by the most recent standards. It’s the main field of play of PKNS FC, currently in the Malaysian league. It is described as one of the best-structured stadiums in Asia and it is often compared to the stadiums in Europe.

Sapporo Dome

The Sapporo Dome is a stadium located in Japan and is one of the most famous stadiums in that part of Asia. It’s a multi-purpose stadium mainly built for football, but it can also be used for baseball. It’s the home ground of Ham Fighters, a baseball team, and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, a football team. 

This stadium hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The most famous game played at this stadium is the one when England played against Argentina and won 1 to 0 thanks to the winning goal scored by David Beckham.

These 4 stadiums are the most impressive stadiums in Asia, but there are a lot of smaller and less famous stadiums that can be used as venues for various events. If you have a chance to visit any of the described stadiums, you should not miss it as you will have an opportunity to experience the amazing atmosphere surrounding Asia’s passion for football.

Macau’s most beautiful temples

Cathedrals, churches, temples, and many other buildings have always been an important part of any country in the world. China has many cultural treasures, but not all of them survived China’s Cultural Revolution. Even though it was affected by China’s Cultural Revolution, Macau didn’t suffer a lot of damage to its temples and local spiritual marks.

A-Ma Temple

The A-Ma Temple is the most famous and one of the oldest temples in Macau. It’s located in the southern part of Macau and it is a place everyone should visit. It’s so old that its Hall of Benevolence dates back to 1488. It’s a magnificent example of how motives from many religions can be part of the same building and express the same religious message of peace and love. If you are interested in visiting this temple, you should go there earlier in the morning to avoid big crowds of tourists.

Pao Kong, Temple of Divinity of Medicine, and Nanshan Temple

This sounds like a gigantic complex consisting of many temples, but, actually, it is smaller than the A-Ma Temple. This complex includes 3 temples and the best-known of them is Pao Kong, which was constructed in 1889 during the Guangxu reign. The temple was built during the time of the plague in Macau because it was suggested that the legendary figure called Lord Pao would make the plague disappear. The plague did stop and the people thought this happened thanks to Lord Pao so they built the temple in honor of him.

Lin Fung Temple 

Lin Fung Temple, or the Temple of the Lotus, is close to the border of Zhuhai and it is a massive building complex.

It is believed that it was built in 1592 and that it was firstly named after the Taoist Goddess of the Sea Tian Fei Miao, which makes it one of the oldest temples in Macau. In the 18th century, the Goddess of Mercy aka Guanyin was added to the complex and shortly after that the temple got renamed to Ci Hu Gong. In this complex, the best place to visit is the memorial hall on the right of the temple which features a big sculpture of the hero called Lin Ze Xu, who was appointed to stop Mandarins from visiting Macau and succeeded in his mission.

Tou Tei Temple 

Tou Tei Temple is dedicated to Tou Tei, the God of Earth. It was built between the years of 1736 and 1795 and its unique features are its moon-shaped doors and the stone arch. What makes this temple extraordinary is also the fact that its shrines are put on different levels of the temple and their colorful rooftops are different in design compared to the other temples of the same style. Even though this is one of the oldest temples, there are hardly any visitors so it is a perfect place if you want to relax far away from tourists.

These 4 temples are probably the most beautiful temples and the most exciting ones to visit in Macau. The last one is probably the best one if you like to explore places in peace and quiet. The best time to visit these temples is early in the morning as that is when you can feel the true atmosphere of these places.

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.