10 temples of Southeast Asia

10 temples of Southeast Asia

It can take dozens of years to get acquainted with the entire cultural and religious heritage of Southeast Asia - it is so rich. Therefore, we chose the most remarkable temples, recommended to visit in the first place.

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

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The age of this building is less than 20 years, but its impressive architecture leaves no one indifferent. Most often, Wat Rong Khun is simply called the White Temple. This Buddhist complex is located in the north of Thailand, near the city of Chiang Rai. The white temple was designed by Thai millionaire artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and built at his own expense, which makes it even more unlike other temples, the construction of which is sponsored by the government. The artist plans to devote the rest of his life to improving the complex, the construction of which began in 1997. “I wanted to build a temple like heaven. This paradise on earth will not leave the human world indifferent, ”says Kositpipat about the meaning of Wat Rong Khun.

Temple of Literature, Vietnam

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The Temple of Literature is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and is more significant for philosophy than for religion. The complex has five courtyards, and the building itself copies the temple in the city of Qufu, which is the birthplace of Confucius. But the Vietnamese Temple of Literature is also interesting because in its territory in 1484 116 steles were erected in honor of 1,307 graduates of the three-year royal examinations conducted by the Le dynasty. To date, 82 steles have been preserved with the names and places of birth of exemplary graduates of ancient times.

Pura Besakih, Indonesia

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Pura Besakih is located on the paradise island of Bali, right on the slope of the Agung volcano, and is represented by 23 individual Hindu churches. About 70 festivals are held here annually. The temple of Besakikh was built over 1000 years ago, but in 1917 a tragedy occurred: the temple was almost completely destroyed by a volcanic eruption, and its reconstruction took a long time. In 1963, another volcanic eruption occurred, but, fortunately, the lava flow just a few meters from the temple, and he survived.

Wat Arun, Thailand

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This Buddhist temple is located in the capital of Thailand Bangkok.Its name is translated from Thai as "Temple of the Dawn". You can visit it if you cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry. The temple is famous for its 79-meter pagoda, decorated with ceramic tiles and colorful porcelain, which begins to glow as soon as the sun rises. To visit this wonderful temple, foreigners will have to pay 50 baht, which is about two dollars.

Wat Xieng Thong, Laos

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The Buddhist “Temple of the Golden City” is located in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sieng Thong was built in 1560, in 1880 the Tripitaka Library was added to the temple, and in 1961 a drum tower was added. The building of the temple is the embodiment of the classical temple architecture of Luang Prabang, when the slopes of the roof literally descend to the ground due to its curved shape. The walls of the temple are decorated on the outside with mosaics depicting various birds and animals, while inside they are decorated with wall drawings. In addition, there is a very rare statue of a reclining Buddha in the temple.

Baroque Churches, Philippines

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Four churches, located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoai and Miagau, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.These churches played an important role in the spread of Christianity in the Philippine Islands. During the reign of Spain, they were not only religious, but also political centers, which also determines their significance for history. And the church of St. Augustine in Manila, moreover, is the oldest existing church in the Philippines - its age is over four hundred years old.

Pha Thatluang, Laos

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Pha Thatluang is considered one of the most significant architectural monuments of Laos and acts as a national symbol of the country. It is believed that it was built in the III century BC, however, the current look of Pha Thatluang acquired in the XVI century. The temple is the site of the Big Stupa Festival, which lasts three days during the full moon of the 12th lunar month (in November). Today, the temple is the residence of the Laotian Buddhist Patriarch and, unfortunately, only the courtyard of the complex is available for visitors to visit. However, even there is something to see.

Batu Cave, Malaysia

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Located in the Gombak district, 13 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, this cave temples system is the most famous Hindu temple outside of India.The caves formed about 400 million years ago and now are not only an important place for pilgrims, but also one of the most popular attractions of Malaysia. In the most important Temple Cave can be reached by steep stairs, which has 272 steps. Also in this complex created a kind of art gallery, where there are many statues. In addition to well-equipped caves with deities, there are other, not sanitized, which is better not to go without special equipment.

Bagan, Myanmar

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In this medieval city (or rather, in its vicinity) you can find the remains of more than 2,200 Buddhist temples and pagodas! From the eleventh to the thirteenth century, this area was the capital of the Dynasty kingdom, and it was during this time that a large number of temples, monasteries and pagodas were erected. It does not make sense to talk about each object individually - all the same in your head everything is messed up. So just enjoy the general panorama and the stunning views of the sunrise opening from here.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat is known worldwide as the largest religious temple complex of all time: its area is about 200 square kilometers. From the Khmer language, the name Angkor Wat translates as "City of Temples."Located five and a half kilometers from Siem Reap city, the temple complex is the most popular destination among tourists traveling around Cambodia, and is also depicted on the flag and national emblem. Since Angkor Wat is facing the West, like most other Khmer temples, historians believe that it served as a temple for burial.

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    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

    10 temples of Southeast Asia

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