Top 10 Most Amazing Temples in The World
1. Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Thailand
Wat Rong Khun, or as it is commonly called – The White Temple, is located in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The white color of this temple symbolizes the purity of the Buddha, the brilliant glass design symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha. The interior of the temple is decorated with paintings of Buddha.
For many years the temple was in a terrible state and then, Chalermchai Kozitpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and finance the project from his own savings. To date, Chalermchai Kozitpipat has spent more than 40 million of its own funds on the project and it can already be argued that it is not in vain. The temple is a real landmark in Thailand. In our ranking of the Top 10 Amazing Temples in The World, Wat Rong Khun takes its well-deserved first place.
|Wat Rong Khun, Thailand|
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The Angkor Wat temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world, it belongs to the Hindu religion and is dedicated to the god Vishnu, is located in Cambodia and is considered its most important attraction.
The Angkor Wat temple complex was built in the 12th century by Emperor Suryavarman II as a temple dedicated to Vishnu. The amazing architecture of the complex is directly related to the Hindu religion, in which there is the concept of “Temple-mountain”, Mount Meru – a mythical mountain, where the gods lived according to the concept of this religion.
|Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
3. Sri Harmandir Sahib, India
The Sri Harmandir Sahib is located in the most sacred site for Sikh worship, located in Punjab, India. This temple was mainly built of marble and plated with pure gold. The holiest text of the Sikh religion, Guru Grant Sahib, is also kept inside the Golden Temple. Harmandir Sahib was erected in 1604 by Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth guru of the Sikhs. Harmandir Sahib is located in the middle of the sacred lake, to get to the temple you need to walk along the marble bridge connecting the Golden Temple with the shore. It is believed that this path separates the righteous from the sinners.
Interesting facts: Indian troops in 1984 killed over 400 Sikhs and in the same year the Sikhs killed Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India. The future emperor of the Russian Empire, Nicholas 2, visited the Golden Temple in 1894 during a round-the-world trip.
|Sri Harmandir Sahib, India|
4. Borobudur Temple, Indonesia
Borobudur Temple is one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world and also the largest Buddhist temple in the world. The Borobudur Temple consists of nine folded platforms, six square and three round, surmounted by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each statue sits inside a perforated stupa. Borobudur is located in the central part of Java, Indonesia.
The temple in terms of architecture represents lotus flowers among the ancient lake representing the birth of Buddha. It was built in the 8th century and used over 2 million volcanic stones.
This temple was abandoned for thousands of years by the eruption of Mount Merapi and only reopened in 1814.
|Borobudur Temple, Indonesia|
5. Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
Paro Taktsang, which means “Tigress’s Nest”, is the tallest temple in the world and one of the most sacred places in Bhutan. The temple is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level and hangs at a height of 700 meters in high cliffs above the Paro Valley. It is believed that in this place, guru Padmasambhava, meditated for a long time. Taktsang Lhang is a true cultural icon of Tibet.
|Paro Taktsang, Bhutan|
6. Prambanan Temple, Indonesia
The Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in ancient Java and its first building was completed in the middle of the ninth century. It is likely that the construction was started by the ruler Rakai Picatan as a Hindu response to the Buddhist temples of Borobudur located nearby. Historians also believe that the construction of the Prambanan should have marked the return of the Sanjaya Hindu dynasty to power in Central Java after nearly a century of Buddhist dynasties.
|Prambanan Temple, Indonesia|
7. Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Myanmar
Shwe Dagon Pagoda is one of the most popular temples in Asia as it contains eight Buddha hairs and is located in Yangon, Myanmar. The temple was built 2,600 years ago, during the period when the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, the central figure in the history of Buddhism and the most famous Buddha , is believed to have lived. The builders of this temple were given the opportunity to meet the Buddha in 588 BC, shortly after he received enlightenment. The temple was covered with many gold plates, and the top of the stupa was adorned with thousands of diamonds.
|Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Myanmar|
8. Temple of Heaven, China
The Temple of Heaven in China is located in Beijing. It is one of the largest ancient temples in China. The temple has a round shape, it is the only round temple in Beijing. This temple complex was built between 1406-1420 during the reign of the Ming Dynasty.
|Temple of Heaven, China|
9. Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, India
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, the most important temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Tamil Nadu, India. Ranganatha Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the world, built on an area of 156 hectares. Built in Tamil style architecture. This is one of the most famous Vaishnava temples in South India, rich in legend and history. Its location on an island along the Kaveri River made it vulnerable to natural disasters.
|Sri Ranganatha Temple in Srirangam, India|
10. Jetavanaramaya, Sri Lanka
The Jetavanaramaya is located in the holy city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. This stupa is of great importance in the country as it represents the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist monks, monks of the oldest branch of Buddhism.
The Jetavanaramaya Stupa was the second tallest building in the ancient world, it has a height of over 120 meters. This stupa was built in the 4th century by King Mahasena, more than 93 million pieces of fired bricks were used for the construction.
|Jetavanaramaya, Sri Lanka|