Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia

Top 10 Magnificent Temples in Asia

Asia boasts hundreds and thousands temples. Various sizes and dedicated to the various gods and goddesses, the temples also attract millions of visitors, who are eager to admire well preserved historic or even contemporary architecture. Check out the list.

10. Thatbyinnyu Temple, Bagan, Burma

The stunning temple was built in the 12th century, while King Alaungsithu was reigning the country. The two storey temple is asymmetrical in its shape, with a huge image of seated Buddha inside of the temple.

Why go?

It is one of the tallest pagodas in Burma, which makes it quite unique.

Thatbyinnyu-Photo by mayjayne

Photo by mayjayne

Thatbyinnyu-Photo by Dan Lundberg

Photo by Dan Lundberg

9. The Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

The temple often makes it to the lists of the most unique buildings in the world. The temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship, which means that people of all religions are welcome to visit and worship their gods and goddesses.

Why go?

The outstanding building is made of marble petals that make a shape of a Lotus – the symbol of purity in Asia.

Top view of Lotus Temple in India Lotus Temple in India Aerial view of Lotus Temple in India

8. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The temple is one of the most famous and exciting contemporary shrines in the world. It is estimated that the construction will be completed in 2070, however, it already looks impressive and simply breathtaking.

Why go?

The temple is already open for the visitors. It features surreal carvings and looks like a futuristic house of worship.

wat-Photo by Dr. Green

Photo by Dr. Green

wat-Photo by Silvershine

Photo by Silvershine

wat-Photo by Noppera Bosri

Photo by Noppera Bosri

7. Gawdawpalin Temple, Bagan, Burma

Built between the 12th and the 13th centuries, the temple is being used by the Buddhists to this day. It is one of the most impressive pagodas in Bagan, which is a popular site among the tourists since it features hundreds of ancient structures.

Why go?

Visit Bagan and you won’t miss this temple, whose tall tower stands out among the smaller buildings.

Gawdawpaling-Photo by Anuparb Papapan 2

Photo by Anuparb Papapan

Gawdawpaling-Photo by Anuparb Papapan

Photo by Anuparb Papapan

Gawdawpaling-Photo by Martien Jansse

Photo by Martien Jansse

6. The Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

One of the most beautiful and famous Taoist temples was built in the 13th century. It has been visited by the emperors themselves, who would come here to worship. Today locals come here not only to meditate but to exercise as well!

Why go?

Visit this outstanding beauty, which is certainly one of the most famous attractions in Beijing.

heaven-Photo by Brian Furbush

Photo by Brian Furbush

heaven-Photo from Travel brochures

Photo from Travel brochures

heaven-Photo from Spirit Tourism

Photo from Spirit Tourism

5. Sri Ranganathaswamy, Srirangam, India

One of the most unique temples we have ever seen, the Sri Ranganathaswamy is a fine example of Dravidian style. In December and January, the annual festival is held here and attracts over 1 million worshipers.

Why go?

The temple mesmerizes with a very detailed and intricate architecture, which is truly original and unforgettable.

Sri-Photo by Prabhu b doss

Photo by Prabhu b doss

Sri-Photo by Jumble Huan

Photo by Jumble Huan

Sri-Photo by asienman

Photo by asienman

4. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

The temple is considered to be the most important Shinto shrine of Inari. The latter is a Japanese spirit of foxes, rice, tea, and Sake. Built in between the 8th and 9th centuries, the shrine is posited on the hill overlooking the city.

Why go?

One of the most famous features is the path that leads up to the hill. It provides an exhilarating and meditative hike.


Photo by the Unknown

Fushimi-Photo by Laurent D

Photo by Laurent D

3. Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Bago, Burma

Also known as the Golden God Temple, the stupa is said to be the tallest pagoda in the country. It houses a huge bell installed and inscribed by King Dhammazedi himself, which can be seen even today.

Why go?

One of the most opulent temples we have ever seen, the Golden God Temple will definitely take your breath away.


Photo from Svietnam Travel

gold-Photo by K Apisak

Photo by K Apisak

2. Prambanan, Central Java, Indonesia

The ancient temple was built in the 9th century and had been dedicated to Brahmā, Vishnu, and Shiva, known as the Trimurti. The complex is made of various shrines, statues, walls and stairs, all decorated in intricate carvings telling the religious stories.

Why go?

Protected by UNESCO Prambanan is a true architectural and historic wonder in the world.

prambanan-Photo by Feriansyah Pz

Photo by Feriansyah Pz

prambanan-Photo by Arief Hidayat

Photo by Arief Hidayat

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The biggest religious complex and the biggest Hindu temple in the world is a monumental example of ancient architecture. Built in the 12th century the temple has been dedicated to God Vishnu, however, today it serves the Buddhists.

Why go?

The most unusual and simply staggering architecture, the temple is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

Angkor-Photo by Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Photo by Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

Angkor-Photo by sippakorn

Photo by sippakorn