Ultimate Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) Guide

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Odkrijte tempelj Kinkakuji, kjotski zlati paviljon#8217

Udobno se nahaja med templjem Daitokuji, svetiščem Kitano Tenmangu in templjem Ryoanji Tempelj Kinkakuji, ena najbolj priljubljenih stavb na Japonskem. Namreč zaradi edinstvenega in dih jemajočega videza Zlati paviljon in okoliške vrtove tempelj Kinkakuji privablja obiskovalce z vsega sveta, da si ogledajo njegovo lepoto in zanimivo arhitekturo. Čeprav si obiskovalci pridejo predvsem ogledati notranjost templja skozi odprta okna –, ki lepo vključuje tri različne arhitekturne sloge –, so mnogi navdušeni, ko vidijo čudovite sprehajalne vrtove, ki obkrožajo območje.

Tempelj je označeno za posebno posebno zgodovinsko območje, posebno pokrajino in eno od lokacij zgodovinskih spomenikov starodavnega Kjota za območja svetovne dediščine. Skratka, tempelj je resnično tako pomemben, kot ga je osupljivo videti. Tempelj Kinkakuji, ki združuje arhitekturno lepoto z japonsko zgodovino, je kraj, ki si ga morate vsaj enkrat v življenju prizadevati obiskati!


Kaj videti v templju Kinkakuji?

Pristop k "Sharidenu", zlatemu paviljonu

Pristop Kinkakujija. (1 na zemljevidu) To je uvod v "Shariden", zlati paviljon. Ob njej imamo veliko javorjev.

V jesenskem času lahko občudujemo eno najlepših jesenskih barv v Kjotu.

Pet zapovedi

Na sprednjih vratih (2 na zemljevidu) »Pet zapovedi Kinkakuji«.

1) Ne smeš ubiti ničesar, kar ima življenje.

2) Ne želite si ničesar, kar vam ni dano.

3) Ne prešuštvuj.

4) Ne smete lagati.

5) Sake se ne smete privoščiti.

"Shariden", zlati paviljon

Ribnik "Kyo-ko-chi" (鏡湖 池)

Ribnik, ki se nahaja pred Shariden. (3 na zemljevidu) Ustvari "Shakkei" z mt. Kinugasa in celo Shariden. "Shakkei" je tehnika japonske tradicionalne gradnje vrtov. "Izposoja" pokrajino za vrtom. Dober primer lepega vrta iz obdobja Kitayama.

Suhi vrt (方丈 庭園)

To je podcenjen suh vrt v templju Kinkakuji. (4 na zemljevidu) Mnogi obiskovalci temu posvečajo premalo pozornosti. Na severni strani je borov v obliki ladje, imenovan "Riku-syu-no-matsu" (borova ladja na tleh).

Ginga sui (銀河 水)

Ashikaga Yoshimitsu je iz malega vodnjaka črpal vodo za čajno slovesnost. (5 na zemljevidu)

Kaskada je dobila ime po stari kitajski anekdoti: krap, ki je plazil do vrha kaskade, je postal zmaj. Na vzhodu je zmaj bog vode in dežja, čeprav na zahodu pomeni nekaj hudega. Kamen pred kaskado pomeni krapa. (6 na zemljevidu)

Nekoč je bila vila Saionjisov. Zdaj lahko vidimo majhno pagodo in sate Jizoja, budističnega božanstva, ki rešuje ljudi v trpljenju. (7 na zemljevidu)

Ti ka tei (夕 佳 亭)

"Yuka-tei" pomeni "Koča, v kateri imamo dober pogled v mraku." (8 na zemljevidu)

"Tokobashira (označeno s puščico na prvi sliki)" iz drevesa Nanten, prikazano na sliki, je tako redko, ker ima Nanten vedno tanko drevo (drevo na drugi sliki).

Fudo-doh (不 動 堂)

Najstarejša stavba v Kinkakujiju. Zgrajena je bila v 16. stoletju. Acla (božanstvo v Shoigon traditon) je zapisano. (9 na zemljevidu)


Spomin na Kinkakuji

V Kinkakujiju imamo tri trgovine s spominki. Sledi moje priporočilo.

Kinkakuji vodnik

Vodnik, napisan v japonščini in angleščini. 550 jenov.

Kinkakuji razglednice

Lahko vidite notranjost Sharidena. 310 jenov.


Flora templja Ginkakuji

V Ginkakujiju imamo veliko rastlin in cvetja. Seveda jih lahko vidimo tudi drugje. Posebnost Ginkakujija je, da ni veliko cvetja in je namesto tega veliko zelenih listov in mahov. Zahvaljujoč temu lahko vidimo zelene rože.


11 templjev in svetišč, ki jih morate videti v Kjotu

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Funkcionalni piškotki pomagajo izvajati nekatere funkcije, kot je deljenje vsebine spletnega mesta na platformah družbenih medijev, zbiranje povratnih informacij in druge funkcije tretjih oseb.

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Najbolj priljubljena mesta v zgodovinskem Kjotu

Poleg glavnega mesta Tokia je Kyoto eno najbolj priljubljenih mest na Japonskem. Kjoto uživa svetovno znano slavo zaradi velikega števila zgodovinskih in kulturnih znamenitosti, ki jih ima. Kjoto ima nekaj najboljših budističnih templjev in šintoističnih svetišč v državi, veliko jih je UNESCO razglasil za uradna območja svetovne dediščine.

Če imate v Kjotu le nekaj dni, je morda težko videti vse te templje skupaj z drugimi ustreznimi mesti. Če nas vprašate, kako raziskati Kjoto, bi bil naš preprost odgovor: "Odvisno ..." Kot popotniki imamo vsi svoje individualne prioritete in preference. Pri Chasing Places poskušamo doseči ravnovesje v smislu obiska znamenitosti, še posebej, če imamo omejen čas. Želimo videti čudovito arhitekturo, videti umetnost od blizu, doživeti kulturo in se malo naučiti o zgodovini. Radi smo v zelo živahnem vzdušju, cenimo pa tudi vedrino, ki jo ponuja narava.

Ena najbolj umirjenih ulic v Gionu v Kjotu

Od vseh templjev v mestu bi nekateri zagotovo izstopali, na primer Zlati paviljon. V Kjotu so tudi zanimiva okrožja in ulice, ki jih je težko zgrešiti. Na srečo je večina teh mest med seboj na kratki razdalji. Do nekaterih od njih je mogoče priti peš. Medtem ko drugi zahtevajo, da vzamete avtobus. Toda transportni sistem vas najmanj skrbi, ko ste na Japonskem, saj je vse organizirano in pravočasno (neverjetno ravno na piki!) Če pa ste še vedno zmedeni, kaj obiskati, je tukaj nekaj naših izbranih vrhuncev kraji za ogled v Kjotu.

1. Bambusov gaj Arashiyama

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japonska

Če želite videti nekaj drugega kot pagode in templje, potem je Bambusov gaj Arashiyama na območju Sagano osvežujoče mesto za obisk. Ker je opisan kot nasad, sem pričakoval, da bo obsežnejši, kot je v resnici. Kljub temu je dostop do Bamboo Grove brezplačen. Tehnično pa ne greste skozi gost gozd. Namesto tega ima spletno mesto sprehajalno pot, obloženo z množico znanih tankih bambusovih dreves. Steza se razteza manj kot 1 kilometer, nekateri deli pa so zaradi gostote štrlečih zalog bambusa impresivnejši od drugih. Naravna sončna razsvetljava prihaja skozi bambusova drevesa, da pohodu doda več značaja. Če je osvetlitev mehka, a svetla, je barvni kontrast z zelenkastim odtenkom dreves preprosto osupljiv. Ob tem morda ne boste tako cenili, če na oblačen dan obiščete Kjotski bambusov gaj.

Na drugem koncu sprehajalne poti so še druge manjše zanimivosti, kot so zasebni vrt, most čez lep potok in razglednica. Bambusov gaj smo obiskali v zgodnjih jutranjih urah, ko je bilo manj obiskovalcev. Kraj je precej miren, vendar hitro izgubi vedrino, ko več ljudi začne polniti pešpot. Kljub temu je bilo to zanimivo mesto, ki ga je vredno obiskati. Naši prijatelji so ponoči obiskali gozdiček in na podlagi njihovih fotografij se je zdelo, da ima gaj ponoči povsem drugačno privlačnost, ko je vse okoli zmagoslavno osvetljeno.

2. Gion

Gion je moderno in zgodovinsko okrožje. Nekateri deli območja so polni komercialnih obratov in mest z nočnim življenjem, ki skrbijo za ogromno turistov. Obdaja pa tudi tisto, kar se imenuje okrožje Gejša. Ko smo prvič slišali za to okrožje v Kjotu, smo mislili, da je edino na Japonskem. Čeprav smo ugotovili, da so v državi še druga okrožja Gejša, očitno velja, da je tisto v Kjotu eno najbolj ohranjenih.

Gejše so tradicionalne ženske zabavljačice v fevdalnih časih na Japonskem. Gejše so usposobljene za strokovnjake na področju umetnosti in zabave. Okrožje Geisha prevladujejo tlakovane ulice in ljubke stare lesene hiše. Danes je večina teh stavb restavracij in kavarn. Po vodnikih je še vedno gejša in maikos (njihov vajenec), ki še naprej zabavajo svoje bogate pokrovitelje v okrožju. Vendar jih le redko opazimo na prostem, razen če ste pripravljeni plačati za njihovo izvedbo v določenih restavracijah (lokalno imenovanih Ochaya v okrožju).

Velja za eno najlepših ulic v Aziji, Shimbashi v Kjotu

Očitno se gejše zavestno skrivajo pred turisti, za katere je znano, da jih zalezujejo kot paparaci. Dejansko smo videli ženske, ki so nosile, za kar smo domnevali, tipične kostume in ličila Gejše. Bili pa smo povsem prepričani, da to počnejo zaradi kakšnega slikovnega posnetka, ali pa so hoteli samo prevarati turiste, da mislijo, da so oni res!

Gejša ali ne, okrožje je vredno ogleda zaradi svoje zgodovinske in kulturne vrednosti. Edina težava je, da zna biti na glavnih ulicah precej gneča, saj si vsi želijo ogledati to znamenito okrožje.

Gion je tudi dom ulice Shimbashi. Ulica, imenovana tudi Shirakawa Minamidori, naj bi bila ena izmed najbolj slikovitih v Aziji s tlakovanimi ulicami, ljubkimi mostovi čez kanale in drevesi češnjevih cvetov.


Potovanje po Kyotu

Kjoto je zelo prijazen do koles, kar je najprimernejša oblika prevoza, saj se večina ljudi zanaša na obsežno mrežo avtobusov z le nekaj linijami podzemne železnice vzdolž glavnih avenij

Lahko dobite dvodnevno vozovnico za podzemno železnico/avtobus za 1700 jenov za odrasle

Evo ga. Odličen pot v Kjoto za približno 4 trdne dni v tem japonskem mestu.

Preberite več o potovanju na Japonsko

Če ste uživali v vseh teh neverjetnih krajih za obisk v Kjotu, jih shranite na Pinterestu za načrtovanje prihodnjih potovanj.

Viri za načrtovanje potovanj

Želite rezervirati svoje naslednje potovanje? Zakaj ne bi uporabili teh virov, ki so jih resnično preizkusili.

Leti: Začnite načrtovati potovanje tako, da na Skyscannerju poiščete najboljše ponudbe letov

Rezervirajte svoj hotel: Pri teh dveh ponudnikih poiščite najboljše cene hotelov. Če se nahajate v Evropi, uporabite Booking.com in če ste kje drugje, uporabite TripAdvisor

Poiščite stanovanjske najemnine: Najnižje cene pri najemu stanovanj pri VRBO boste našli.

Potovalno zavarovanje: Brez tega ne zapustite doma. Tukaj priporočamo:

    - Digitalni nomadi ali pogosti popotniki. - občasni popotniki. - Globalni letalski medicinski transport in varnost potovanj.

Potrebujete več pomoči pri načrtovanju potovanja? Preverite našo stran z viri, kjer izpostavljamo vsa velika podjetja, ki jim zaupamo, ko potujemo.


1 dan Kjotski načrt potovanja

Bambusov gaj Arashiyama

Začnite svojo pot v Kjotu ob Bambusov gaj Arashiyama. To znamenito mesto je treba obiskati vsakogar, ki se želi sprehajati po poti, obdani z debelim, visokim, zelenim bambusom.

Zato je najbolje, da greste zgodaj. & Rsquos 35 minut severozahodno od središča mesta s prevozom San-in Line. Preden se tega zavedate, boste v zaspanem mestu Arashiyama in prečkali reko Katsura čez Most Togetsu-Kyo.

Super očarljivo. Ne pozabite na fotoaparat!

Zlati paviljon

Iz Arashiyame se vrnite v javni prevoz, da se odpravite do Kinkakuji & mdashaka Zlati paviljon.

Budistični tempelj Zen, uradno imenovan Rokounji, ta Unescova svetovna dediščina je bil zgrajen leta 1397 za Yoshimitsu, takrat Shogun iz Japonske.

To je precej neverjetno, ne samo zaradi svoje zgodovine, ampak tudi zato, ker je prekrito z zlatimi lističi. Nastavitev, kot se odraža v Kjokočijevem ribniku & mdash, ki spominja na ravnovesje narave, ki je v japonskih religijah tako pomembno in ga naredi še lepšega.

To je edini pogled na Japonsko v Kjotu, ki ga ne smete zamuditi!

Kiyomizu

Kiyomizu & mdashor Kiyomizu-Dera& mdashis se nahajata bolj ali manj nazaj v osrednjem Kjotu od Kinkakujija. Po tem boste morali še toliko uporabljati javni prevoz (toliko).

Obstaja več kot 1200 let zgodovine Kiyomizu-Dera, ki je upodobljen v vsem, od zgodb do grafik in slik iz lesnih blokov. Ni čudno, da je na seznamu Unescove svetovne dediščine.

Budistični tempeljski kompleks sestavlja veliko različnih stavb. Obstajajo trinadstropna pagoda iz leta 1633, zvonik, ki je bil zgrajen leta 1596, in Slap Otowa s svojimi domnevno podaljšanimi močmi.

Tudi pogled iz tega budističnega templja na spodnje mesto je precej spektakularen.

Lahko se celo pridružite drugim lokalnim japonskim damam, ko se oblečejo v kimone in si ogledajo vlogo, ko jih obiščejo!

Tržnica Nishiki

Od Kiyomizu-Dera, & & rsquos je le preprosta 15-minutna hoja od tempeljskega kompleksa do vašega naslednjega cilja & mdashTržnica Nishiki.

Doslej se moraš počutiti precej lačnega. No, kot vaš potovalni vodnik po Kjotu vam priporočam, da se ustavite na sprehodu po Kjotu in poiščete kaj za jesti v pet blokov dolgi nakupovalni ulici, ki je Tržnica Nishiki!

Poimenovana & ldquoKyoto & rsquos Kitchen, & rdquo na tej tržnici v centru mesta boste našli vse vrste trgovin in restavracij, ki prodajajo vse mogoče stvari, od svežih morskih sadežev in wagashi (Japonski sladkarije) do kulinaričnih pripomočkov in spominkov. V bistvu boste tukaj lahko našli karkoli.

Številne restavracije in trgovine tukaj so strokovnjaki in vam bodo pred nakupom dali brezplačne vzorce, ki jih boste lahko okusili.

Odprto do 18. ure. Na poti po Kjotu imate dovolj časa, da se odločite, kaj boste pojedli!

Gion

Naslednja postaja na vaši poti, Kyoto vam ponuja slavnega Gion!

To je le 10 minut hoje od Tržnica Nishiki. Gion je zelo znan po tem, da je tradicionalno okrožje gejša Kyoto & rsquos.

Samo da veste, da to ne pomeni & rsquored light district & rdquo & mdashgeisha (in sta še vedno) bolj kot zabavljači, ki stranke pritegnejo v iskriv pogovor, igre s pijačo in glasbene predstave.

Preprosto potepanje po lesenih hišah obloženih ulicah in stezah je dovolj, da vas popelje za nekaj stoletij nazaj! & Rsquos je zelo kul.

Če pa vam uspe prebroditi Gion Medtem ko gledate v tradicionalno okrožje gejša z veliko prostega časa, ne skrbite. V bližini je še kaj drugega za početi.

Če imate čas za hojo, se lahko sprehodite mimo številnih svetišč in templjev ter si bolj poglobljeno ogledate preteklost Kjota in rsquosa na Philosopher & rsquos poti, ki poteka ob slikovitem potoku.

Svetišče Fushimi Inari

V redu, zdaj je čas, da svoj dan zaokrožite na ikonični Svetišče Fushimi Inari Taisha. Znan tudi kot Inari Taisha, Fushimi ali Inari svetišče, je 20 minut vožnje od Gion na glavni progi Keihan do postaje Fushimi-Inari.

Od tod se lahko sprehodite do vznožja majhne gore, na kateri stoji ta znameniti kompleks svetišč.

No, verjetno to veste z Instagrama ali veste, skoraj povsod. Rdečih je na tisoče torii (vrata svetišča), ki se raztezajo po poteh in stopnicah, ki se podajo okoli in navzgor po gori.

Ta kraj, ustanovljen leta 711 po Kr, ima zelo dolgo zgodovino. To lahko občutite med vzponom, še posebej, ko boste tam proti sončnemu zahodu, ko izgine veliko turistov. Mesto postane mračno in mračno v mraku.

Moj nasvet bi bil vsekakor, da si potujete v Fushimi Inari za sončni zahod, ko lahko opazujete, kako sonce za gorami zahaja z razgledne poti navzgor. Nebeško!

Evo, moja enodnevna potna pot Kjota za potovanje v najbolj zgodovinsko japonsko mesto doslej!

En dan vam ne bo dal dovolj časa, da si ogledate vse, vendar vam bo dal dovolj časa, da spoznate, kaj naredi to mesto tako veliko in si ogledate njegove vrhunce. Količina templjev je neverjetna, prav tako občutek za zgodovino in število lepih mest, ki jih najdete tik ob glavnih ulicah mesta.

Vzemite si čas na enodnevnem potovanju po Kjotu, da sami obiščete to nekdanjo prestolnico in odkrili boste, zakaj se toliko ljudi vsako leto odloči za obisk. Če želite ostati dlje, si oglejte hotele v Kyotu!

Če nameravate preživeti dan v Kjotu in mi o tem povejte! Označi me @wtfab v vaših zgodbah ali slikah na Insta, da se lahko spomnim, da moram res, res, nekega dne iti spet !!

Načrtujete potovanje na Japonsko? Tukaj si oglejte moje druge japonske potovalne vodiče.

Kyoto je vsekakor vreden ogleda s številnimi zgodovinskimi znamenitostmi. Lahko postane zelo turistično, vendar je vredno, če imate veliko stvari, ki vas bodo zaposlile.

Priporočljivo je, da v Kjotu preživite vsaj 2 dni, da si ogledate vse velike znamenitosti Kjota.

Najboljši letni čas za potovanje na Japonsko je od aprila do maja, saj bo sezona češenj in vreme bo najboljše!


50 spektakularnih azijskih templjev: vrhunski potovalni vodnik

Slavna svetišča, zapletene rezbarije in nekaj vere v mislih nas popeljejo v te templje …, ki stojita visoko in svetlo. Naj bo to pogled na slavno preteklost, pridih zgodovinske elegance ali pogled na starodavno arhitekturo, ti templji imajo povedano zgodovinsko pozlačeno zgodbo. Danes 50 potovalnih blogerjev govori o svojih izkušnjah v različnih azijskih templjih.

Pomaknite se in preberite vrhunski potovalni vodnik do najbolj spektakularnih azijskih templjev …

Indija

1. Tempelj Khajuraho, osrednja Indija:

Khajuraho je mesto v osrednji Indiji v regiji Madhya Pradesh, ki je priljubljeno postajališče za potovanja z dolgimi vlaki z ene strani države na drugo. Prav tako je zelo znan po svojih templjih, ki so pod Unescovo zaščito, ki so največja skupina hindujskih in džainskih templjev na svetu.

Danes jih je od originalnih 85, zgrajenih v času dinastije Chandella med letoma 900 in 1130, ostalo le še okoli 20. Tempelji so raztreseni po površini 9 kvadratnih milj in vsebujejo vrsto res zapletenih rezbarij, ki prikazujejo tradicionalni življenjski slog žensk v srednjem veku, vključno z nekaterimi erotičnimi rezbarijami v obrazu. Takrat je veljalo, da so erotične skulpture ugodne in prinašajo srečo in dobro počutje. Danes so te rezbarije ena izmed znamenitosti, ki si jih je treba ogledati v mestu Khajuraho.

2. Kompleks Swaminarayan Akshardham, Delhi

Akshardham je eden najbolj fascinantnih hindujskih templjev, ki sem jih kdaj obiskal. Njegova arhitektura z zapletenimi podrobnostmi lahko pritegne vašo pozornost ure in ure. Njegovi vrtovi in ​​kulturni programi vam lahko dajo globlji vpogled v hinduizem, indijsko kulturo in pomembne nacionalne osebnosti. Toplo priporočam obisk kompleksa okoli 16. ure. Tako boste lahko raziskovali tempelj, njegove vrtove in se udeležili tudi kulturnih programov, kot so svetlobni šov in razstave. Svetlobni šov se odvija v veliki areni, zgrajeni v tradicionalnem slogu step well. Celotno vzdušje in luči, fontane, zvoki in grafična predstavitev se počutijo kot del igre.

Drug kulturni program, kot je vožnja z ladjo, vas popelje nazaj v starodavno Indijo in prikaže zgodovino in napredne izume preteklosti. Upoštevajte, da v kompleksu Akshardham ni dovoljena nobena tehnična oprema in hrana. V varnostno sobo na vhodu boste morali odložiti kamere, telefone in hrano.

3. Tempelj Brihadeeswar, Thanjavur

Tempelj Brihadeeswar v Thanjavurju je simbol moči in moči vladarja dinastije Chola. Znan tudi kot veliki tempelj, zgradil ga je Raja Raja Chola I iz dinastije Chola leta 1010 našega štetja. Arhitektura templja je veličastna in v skladu z močjo in vizijo velikega kralja. Kompleks, ki je na seznamu Unescove svetovne dediščine, ima veliko templjev, ki so jih zgradile druge vladajoče dinastije. Toda dragulj v kroni ostaja glavni osrednji tempelj, posvečen Gospodu Shivi, najljubšemu božanstvu kralja Chole.

Tempelj je čudovito delo granita. Pred templjem je kip Nandi, ki je tudi drugi največji kip Nandi v Indiji. Ugotovljeno je, da freske krasijo stene. S to veliko arhitekturno zgradbo so povezani številni miti. Resnično, tempelj prikazuje veliko preteklost vladarjev in mojstrstvo mojstrov.

4. Zlati tempelj, Amritsar

Sri Harmandir Sahib ali "Zlati tempelj", kot je bolj znan kot, je osupljiv kos arhitekture, ki se nahaja v Amritsarju v Punjabu v Indiji. To je najpomembnejše romarsko mesto sikhizma in dobesedni prevod imena templja pomeni "Božje bivališče". Približno 200 let po prvotni gradnji je bil pokrit s 162 kg 24 -karatnega zlata in ga je videti osupljivo. Kuhinja na kraju samem streže do 100.000 brezplačnih obrokov na dan, dve jedilnici pa imata skupaj 5000 kapacitet hkrati.

Tempelj je ponoči lepo osvetljen, zato ga je vredno obiskati ob različnih časih podnevi, da v različnih svetlobnih pogojih uživate v svoji polni lepoti. Zaradi neverjetne zgodovine se priporočajo ogledi, da v celoti dojamejo, kako osupljiv je ta kraj.

5. Tempelj Sahastrabahu, Gwalior

Mesto Gwalior je znano po kraljevskih znamenitostih in templjih. To je še eno zgodovinsko mesto, ki sem ga letos obiskal kot pobeg za vikend iz Delhija. Gwalior je del zvezne države Madhya Pradesh (MP) v osrednji Indiji. To je ena izmed kraljevih destinacij za obisk. Čeprav je MP znan po templjih Khajuraha, sem tokrat podobno arhitekturo odkril tudi v Gwaliorju. Gwaliorjevi templji so bili tako veliki, da so me očarali.

Zelo priporočljiv tempelj za obisk je tempelj Sahastrabahu, ki ga domačini zdaj imenujejo tudi tempelj Saas Bahu. Sahastrabahu pomeni "Eden s tisoči orožja", ki prikazuje obliko "Lorda Vishnuja" hindujske religije. Čeprav tudi v templju ni idola, je lepa arhitektura močna. V bližini je še en tempelj, ki je posvečen drugemu hindujskemu bogu Šivi. Ti templji se lokalno imenujejo templji "Saas Bahu", ker se beseda Sahastra Bahu rima z njo. Med obiskom Gwaliorja si oglejte tempelj.

6. Tempelj Karni Mata Rat

Ta izjemen tempelj v vasi Deshnok blizu Bikanerja v Indiji je dom približno 25.000 podgan. Privrženci potujejo na dolge razdalje, da bi častili krznena bitja, ki so jih častili kot reinkarnirane privržence Karni Mata, avatarja boginje Durge. Glodavci, ljubkovalno imenovani kabbas ali majhnih otrok, se hranijo z žiti, mlekom in prasad, sladko sveto hrano. Pitje podgan in vode ali mleka ali uživanje hrane, ki so jo grizljali, naj bi prineslo vrhunske blagoslove.

Obisk templja ni namenjen slaboumnim: čevlji niso dovoljeni, podgana pa teče po nogah. Opazovanje redke albino podgane je še posebej ugodno, saj naj bi bili to manifestacije same Karni Mata in njenih štirih sinov.

7. Tempelj Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy - Kanipakam

Tempelj Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy v Kanipakamu je božanska destinacija, ki jo je treba obiskati. Kanipakam leži v okrožju Chittoor v Andhra Pradeshu - južni državi Indije. Ta hindujski tempelj je zgodovinsko pomemben približno 70 km od Tirupatija in 180 km od Bangalora. Glavno božanstvo tukaj je Lord Ganesha, imenovan tudi Vinayaka, ki velja za idola Swayambhu (Samo -manifestirano). Menijo tudi, da se idol sam povečuje, kar je še en razlog za obisk tega kraja. Legenda pravi, da so trije brati, ki so bili na različne načine prikrajšani, kopali vodnjak za vodo, udarili po idolu in iz njih je začela teči kri, ki je vodo spremenila v rdečo barvo, zato jih je to opazovanje ozdravilo spet normalno in tako se je začela božanska povezanost. Arhitektura templja je neverjetna in okolje v notranjosti blaženo.

Tempeljski ribnik dodaja avro in osvetlitev Diya ali Lamp pomirja dušo. Kamera in mobilni telefoni niso dovoljeni noter, zato z očmi ujamete bistvo kraja. Na voljo so garderobne sobe za shranjevanje vaših pripomočkov. Vhod v tempelj je brezplačen, če pa želite premagati čakalno vrsto, so na voljo posebne vstopnice za 10, 50 in 100 Rs, odvisno od vaših želja in časovnih omejitev. Na voljo so tudi parkirišča in umivalnice.

8. Šri Mata Vaišnodevi, Katra, Jammu in Kašmir

Shri Mata Vaishnodevi je znameniti tempelj v Katri, priljubljenem majhnem mestu v okrožju Reasi, J & ampK, ki se nahaja na hribih gora Trikuta, kamor bhakte obiščejo, da bi molili za boljše življenje. Ta tempelj je posvečen boginji Vaishno. Ta tempelj je eden najprivlačnejših krajev, kamor skozi vse leto prihaja veliko romarjev iz različnih delov indijske države in po vsem svetu. Tempelj ostaja odprt 24*7.

Za obisk templja Vaishno Devi se morajo romarji registrirati pri Katri, preden se odpravijo na pot na blagajni pri avtobusni postaji Katra. Nato jim bo dodeljena registrska številka in številka skupine. Da bi prišli do Bhawana, morajo romarji prehoditi 14 km in dodatnih 1,5 km od templja Vaishno Devi do Baba Baironath. Menijo, da romanje ni popolno, dokler ne obiščete tega templja. Do njega lahko pridete s trekingom, jahanjem ali uporabo njihove helikopterske storitve. Treking ponuja neverjetno pokrajino gora Trikuta. Pričakujte, da boste videli čudovito svetišče v obliki treh pindisov, doživeli pozitivne vibracije, števce subvencionirane hrane, dan kave v kavarni in druge priljubljene restavracije. Elektronske naprave niso dovoljene v glavnem templju.

9. Tempelj Meenakshi, Madurai, Indija

Indija ima zagotovo na stotine templjev, ki razveseljujejo oči, med njimi pa stoji veličasten tempelj Meenakshi v Maduraju. Tempelj je posvečen boginji Meenakshi, obliki Parvati, Shivine žene. Ta starodavni tempelj se pojavlja v besedilih iz 6. stoletja pred našim štetjem, čeprav je bil v 14. stoletju obnovljen in razširjen. Je pomembno romarsko mesto in slovi tudi po svoji impresivni velikosti. Zajema površino več kot 15 hektarjev, napolnjeno s številnimi svetišči in 12 pomembnimi stolpi.

Tempelj je mogoče obiskati vsak dan in je odprt od zgodnjega jutra do 22. ure, vendar je zaprt med 12.30 in 16. uro. Žal fotoaparata ne smete vzeti noter, lahko pa vzamete telefon po plačilu majhne pristojbine. Toda to vas ne sme ovirati pri raziskovanju in spremljanju vsakodnevnih obredov, ki so impresivni tudi za neinduiste.

10. Sai Baba Mandir v mestu Shirdi, Maharaštra

Sai Baba iz Shirdija je cenjeni indijski duhovni mojster. Zanimivo je, da ga hindujski in muslimanski bhakte častijo med njegovo smrtjo in po njej. Njegovi nauki so se osredotočali na moralni kodeks ljubezni, odpuščanja, pomoči drugim, dobrodelnosti, zadovoljstva, notranjega miru in predanosti Vsemogočnemu. Najpomembnejša leta svojega asketskega življenja je preživel v Shirdiju, kjer je umrl leta 1918. Tako je Shirdi v Maharaštri prevzel pomen med bhaktami vseh religij.

Shirdi je od Mumbaija oddaljen 250 km. Železniška postaja Kopergaon je dobro povezana z večjimi mesti Indije in je od Shirdija oddaljena 16 kilometrov. Lani sem z družino obiskal Shirdija in preživljal težke življenjske čase. Potovanje v Shirdi je bilo pomlajevalno in res pomirjujoče.

11. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram je bilo glavno pristanišče kraljestva Pallava, ki je vladalo nad Južno Indijo že v prvem stoletju pr. 60 km od Chennaija ob obali Bengalskega zaliva, zdaj se to majhno mesto ponaša s kraji svetovne dediščine, rajem za deskarje in ima hipi zrak - idealen kraj za spoznavanje zgodovine, uživanje v sveži morski hrani in doživetje neprekinjenega vzpona plime ponoči.

Ena glavnih znamenitosti in arhitekturno čudo v Mahabalipuramu je tempelj Shore, zgrajen iz blokov granitnih kamnov. Tempeljski kompleks sestavljajo tri glavna svetišča, glavno je posvečeno Gospodu Šivi. Je tipičen arhetip dravidskih tempeljskih struktur, bogato okrašenih z umetniškimi rezbarijami in skulpturami.

Tajska

12. Modri ​​tempelj, Chiang Rai

Beli tempelj in Črna hiša sta najbolj znana templja v Chiang Raiju, ki vsako leto privabita na tisoče turistov. Zdaj pa je na prizorišču nov in presenetljiv tempelj - Modri ​​tempelj (Wat Rong Suea Ten). Dokončan leta 2016, Modri ​​tempelj ni bil široko promoviran in ostaja manjša in tišja zadeva.

Ta edinstven tempelj je pobarvan v privlačno modro barvo z zlatimi okraski. Osrednji del velike dvorane je ogromen kip belega Bude v sedečem položaju, obdan s sodobno budistično umetnostjo v psihodeličnem slogu. The name ‘Rong Suea Ten’ in Thai, translates as ‘house of the dancing tiger’ because historically, the area surrounding the temple, was full of wildlife, in particular tigers who leapt into the nearby Mae Kok river. The temple is located just a few kilometers from Chiang Rai city, in the district of Rimkok.

13. White Temple, Chiang Rai

The Famous White Temple or Wat Rong Khun in is a Buddhist temple found in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It is one of the temples that I highly recommend visiting when in Thailand. It’s uniquely designed and constructed lush with those silver and white ensembles. There is an art exhibit inside the temple which is open for people to see, yet, prohibited from taking photos or videos. The one thing that boosts my interests is the design this temple differ among many others in the country, it uniquely resembles stories of each building. Like for instance the hundreds of outreaching hands visibly situated at the bridge which symbolizes unrestrained desire, in which they call this bridge as “the cycle of rebirth”.

As a woman, the design and structure of this temple certainly amazed us plus its useful symbols on why this was unconventionally created. Don’t forget to check the “Golden Building” which is formed as the restroom building, where its gold effects mean worldly desires and money, it is absolutely the fanciest restroom that I had in my life. Don’t forget that this is a temple which is a respected place in the country, wear clothes suitable for their temple.

14. Wat Phra That – Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

The Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist Temples. The official name for these temples are Wats and they are often very elaborate and adorned with many traditional and brightly coloured reliefs depicting Buddha. Situated high on the Doi Suthep mountain overlooking Chiang Mai can be found the most famous of these temples Wat Phra That which dates from the 14th century. A deeply religious site that is visited by thousands of Thai people who make the pilgrimage up the 306 stairs to pray at the site, it’s also a must visit attraction for tourists. There are many local Chiang Mai tourist companies who can arrange a personal visit to Wat Phra That, or it can be easily reached by any of the local transport options.

We recently visited and were spellbound by its beauty. The centrepiece of the temple is the brightly coloured gold chedi, colourful statues and the smell of incense wafting through the air. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon exploring the site with its sweeping view of Chiang Mai, and highly recommend it for anyone visiting this exciting city.

15. Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple, and one of the most beautiful buildings in Chiang Mai. Located in the historic centre, it’s easy to get to and a definite addition for the Chiang Mai bucket list. King Saen Muang Ma commissioned the construction of the temple in the 14th Century, after his father died and he needed a suitable resting place for the ashes. Saen Muang Ma himself died ten years later, long before the temple ended up being completed halfway through the 15th Century.

The finished temple was slightly different to what you can see today. Back then there were three temples (Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin) and the building housed an emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew) as well. Unfortunately, the building was damaged during an earthquake in the late 15th Century and the Buddha was moved to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Today, a jade replica sits in its place. Since the 90s, UNESCO and the Japanese government have been working together to restore the building. It’s still very much a work in progress, but that doesn’t stop Wat Chedi Luang from being one of Chiang Mai’s most beautiful buildings.

16. Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho Temple is the oldest and largest complex in Bangkok. The said temple is located in Phra Nakhon District, just the opposite from where the Grand Palace is. Also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, this Buddhist temple is believed to be the birthplace of famous Thai massage and also home to a 15-meter tall and 46-meter long Reclining Buddha with its feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

The entrance to the complex is about 100 Baht. You’re required to take off your shoes upon entering though you may put it in the bag provided at the entrance. For a good luck, I recommend to buy a bowl of coins that you can drop in the 108 bronze bowls lined parallel to the wall.

Malaysia

17. Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur:

Batu Caves is the most sacred site for Hindus in Malaysia, with the 272 steps to the famous cave temple at the top of the hill. Located at the fringe of Kuala Lumpur City, Batu Caves offers a unique experience to the Hindu religion up close and is the home to the largest Lord Murugan statue in the world and covered with 300 litres of gold paint.

During the annual Thaipusam festival in February, Batu Caves turns into a jam-packed place filled with Hindu pilgrims from all across the country to perform their religious rituals and rite. You’ll find some mind-blowing rituals such as body piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks, as part of their offerings to the gods. Last but not least, visitors also would be able to have a little fun with wild monkeys all around Batu Caves when they make their way up to the cave temple.

18. Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

This temple in George Town, Malaysia is one of our favourite temples in the region. It sits on top of the hill dominating the area and looks impressive when you approach it. Kek Lok Si is the biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It was constructed in 1890 and is also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss. The complex is huge and consists of multiple pagodas and shrines.

You can literally spend the whole day exploring it. The highlights of Kek Lok Si: the Pagoda of Rama VI, the Ten Thousand Buddhas pagoda, 36 meter-high bronze statue of Kuan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy), the Turtle Pond, the Three-Tier pagoda and the beautiful gardens of the top level. On the bottom level, there is a market where you can buy all sort of curiosities and souvenirs.

19. Dragon Boat Temple, Kelantan

Nestled in a quiet corner of the Tumpat district of Kelantan, is an exceptional temple carved on a boat. Yes, you heard that right. The temple stands tall with its intricate shrines and fierce dragon head supported by nagas on either side. Commonly referred to as Wat Mai Suwankiri, the complex lies at a driving distance of 30-40 minutes from the city of Kota Bharu.

Some of the most noteworthy features of the temple include red dragon-wrapped pillars, the preserved body of Phor Tan Di for worshippers to seek blessings, a tall statue of Standing Buddha and a large number of bells along the length of the temple. Brave the heat and visit this gorgeous structure by noon.

Singapore

20. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, China Town

Situated at the heart of Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is arguably the most magnificent temple of Singapore. It was set up with the objective of preserving the teachings of Buddha and providing a deeper understanding of Buddhism. Admission is free of charge. The 5-storey temple contains an impressive collection of Buddhist artefacts, relics and stupas which reflects the rich history of the religion. The Sacred Light Hall in the fourth storey contains the temple’s centrepiece, after which the temple is named.

Here, a giant stupa weighing 3500 Kilograms and made of 320 kilograms of gold, holds the Buddha tooth relic. The temple also provides plenty of opportunities for self-meditation as well as many courses that introduce the teachings of Buddhism. If you happen to drop by at the right time, you may even be able to witness a prayer in progress. Whether you are an architecture buff, a religious soul or just a traveller seeking some peace in the city, this temple is your place.

Indonesia

21. Gunung Kawi, Bali

With 83% of Bali’s population following the Hindu religion, the island has quite a large number of stunning Balinese Hindu Temples to explore. Did you know that each village has three?! You’ll also find temples in many traditional homes. Some of the larger Balinese temples are on many travellers’ itineraries but after you’ve visited a few of them they can all start to look pretty similar. That’s why we recommend visiting Gunung Kawi Temple.

Gunung Kawi is unlike any other temple we saw in Bali. Dating back to the 11th century, the highlight of Gunung Kawi is the huge shrines carved into giant rocks. Surrounded by overgrown jungle and rainwater falling over the top it feels like you’ve entered a world from India Jones. The site of Gunung Kawi is massive so even at peak times of the day there’s plenty of space to wander and explore to find your own piece of serenity. The temple entrance also features a beautiful steep rice terrace which you’re free to walk around.

22. Tanah Lot, Bali

Due to its strategic location and the wonderful views around it, Tanah Lot is one of the most beautiful and most visited temples in Bali, Indonesia. The temple, whose deity is Dewa Baruna, the protector of the seas and oceans, is an attraction not to be missed when visiting the island. The whole complex around it is very large and full of green grass and colorful flowers, but the temple itself is accessible only during the low tide, being placed on a rock surrounded by ocean waves.

Besides the dreamy panorama, the temple also has a very interesting legend to tell, about a black and white snake hiding in the black rocks and always ready to defend the temple from evil, whenever it is needed. Ideally, visit the temple in the middle of the day to catch the amazing sunset.

23. Pura Taman Ayun, Bali

As I am a huge fan of Unesco sites, I really looked forward to visit Pura Taman Ayun in Bali as it’s the only temple in Bali that is on the Unesco list. Pura Taman Ayun means ‘beautiful garden’. This 17th century temple was the main temple of the Mengwi Kingdom that ruled until the end of the 19th century. The complex has an amazing main gate and a few meru towers. The highest Meru Tower has 11 floors.

The place is a so-called penyawangan, where holy places are offered. There are altars for the mountains Agung, Batukau and Batur. Broad canals surround the complex and the pools are full of Lotus blossoms. Tourist may not enter the courtyard but are only allowed to walk around the complex.

24. Borobudur, Yogyakarta

Visiting Borobudur was definitely one of my favourite things to do in Yogyakarta. I really recommend visiting the temple at sunrise, as the atmosphere is simply magical, even on a rainy and misty day. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and its sheer size will blow you away! It’s a giant pyramid with 9 different levels, including 2672 carved panels and 504 Buddha statues. And I am talking about one single temple here. Borobudur was so much larger than I expected – even with a wide-angle lens, it was impossible to capture it all in one single shot.

Make sure you allow yourself some time to walk around the temple and enjoy not just the views, but also the spectacular carvings and statues. If you have time, don’t miss the nearby Prambanan temples, which are also spectacular.

25. Prambanan, Yogyakarta

Prambanan on the island of Java is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It’s located a short half-hour drive away from Yogyakarta, one of Indonesia’s main cultural hubs. Prambanan is actually a temple compound, consisting of 240 temples of varying sizes. Part of the temples have been destroyed by the 2006 earthquake. Since it’s protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention only parts of it can be restructured, so most of the smaller outer temples are still in ruins today.

It is one of the most visited temples and tourist attractions, so I recommend visiting early in the morning if you can. You can visit Prambanan either with an organised tour or by yourself by renting a scooter or car, just bear in mind local guides will try to offer you their services once you get there.

Japonska

26. Zojoji, Tokyo

Zojoji is a Buddhist temple that is located just under the Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan. This beautiful temple was relocated to its present spot in 1598. Once it had become the family temple of the Tokugawa family, additional buildings were built to increase the capacity and functionality of the temple. This included the traditional Japanese gates at the entrance, the daibonsho (big bell) and a cathedral.

Interestingly enough, Zojoji was the administrative center to govern the religious studies and activities of the Jodo shu. There were as many as 3,000 priests and novices residing within the temple. During World War II the temple was burnt down during air raids, although these have been rebuilt today.

27. Kiyomizudera, Kyoto

The historic city of Kyoto in Japan is said to contain more than 1600 temples so it can be hard to narrow it down and decide where to start but most would agree that the Buddhist temple of Kiyomizudera should be at the top of that list. Founded in 798 its history is impressive enough to see it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kyoto is famed for its seasonal celebrations and the temple is one of the top spots to view the cherry blossoms or jewel toned autumn leaves.

The ‘mizu’ part of Kiyomizudera means water and at the foot of the hill is a fountain with three streams of water, drinking from one of these is said to give you love, longevity or knowledge, but what will you choose? There’s also a Shinto Shrine and some great festivals throughout the year where the guardian dragon makes an appearance. The walk up to Kiyomizudera is lined with traditional style merchant houses offering interesting souvenirs and some excellent tasty treats along the way and don’t forget to look back from the entrance, the view of southern Kyoto from there is spectacular.

28. Toyokawa Inari, near Nagoya

One of the most fascinating and visually interesting temples I visited during a recent trip to central Japan was the Toyokawa Inari, about 60 km south-east of the city of Nagoya in the Aichi Prefecture. It is curious in that it is a Buddhist temple that venerates a Shinto deity, the fox god, or Inari. Over the centuries, as first one religion and then the other was persecuted, this combination aided in the temples survival.

Today Toyokawa Inari is visited by Japanese people who work in the creative arts, most notably on New Year’s Eve, when they pray for good fortune in the coming year to the Benzaiten, one of Japan’s seven deities and the only one of Indian origin (the rest being Chinese). The hundreds of stone foxes that guard the shrine are an impressive site as are the thousands of red and white banners – petitions for health, wealth and safety – that flutter in the breeze lining the path to the shrine.

29. Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan is full of temples but no trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to the iconic Kinkakuji Temple (or The Golden Pavilion). Kinkakuji is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto and chances are you have seen this temple in photos or postcards from Japan. Its official name is Rokuon-ji and it is also one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Located in northern Kyoto, this Zen temple is also called the Golden Pavilion because its top two floors are covered in gold leaf. Although it has a long history, Kinkakuji has been burned down a few times and the present structure was rebuild in 1955. Although you cannot enter inside the temple, make sure to enjoy its surrounding beautiful gardens and take a photo of its golden reflection shining across the pond.

China

30. Luohan Temple, Chongqing

Chongqing’s Luohan Temple is a calm oasis in the middle of one of China’s biggest, noisiest, and most polluted cities. First built around 1000 years ago and remodeled in 1752, it was then rebuilt in 1945. The most famous sight at the temple is the hall containing the 500 grotesque clay arhat statues. Getting lost in the maze-like paths beneath their strange gaze is one of most disorientating experiences I’ve had at any temple, anywhere.

Temple etiquette and personal values prevented me from photographing the statues, which means you have a choice. You could either look on Google to see what they’re like, or you could go visit Luohan Temple and get face to face with them yourself. Should you find yourself in Chongqing, I highly recommend the latter.

31. Mogao Caves, Western China

Dating back to the 4th century, the Mogao Caves complex in western China is one of the most interesting Buddhist locations in the world. Located along the Silk Road, the 492 caves near the city of Dunhuang, China served as temples, monasteries, and storehouses for important Buddhist art. The Mogao Caves are now a national park and receive protection by UNESCO.

While much of the art has been removed, there are still 2,400 clay sculptures. You can see how these pieces of art were constructed by stopping by the visitor center. The number of visitors is limited to 6,000 per day, so tickets must be reserved in advance if visiting in high season (spring to fall).

Hong Kong

32. 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong

You will actually find 13,000 buddhas at the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in the mountains of the New Territories in Hong Kong. To get to the temple, you must climb over 400 steps. The path is steep and of course, lined with Buddhas. Be sure to go inside the temple where the columns and walls have lots of individual little Buddhas.

The main altar contains three large Buddha statues and the embalmed remains of the Reverend Yuet Kai, the founder of the Monastery. The nine-story pagoda in the center of the plaza outside the temple is actually the one that is pictured on the back of the 100 HKD note. Above the temple, you will find the Monastery and an impressive waterfall. You will also want to admire the nice views of Hong Kong from the top.

33. Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

The Man Mo Temple was built in 1847 and is located at 124-126 Hollywood Road. It is a traditional Chinese temple in the midst of towering skyscrapers where worshippers come to pay their respects and request wishes fulfilled by the God of Literature and the God of Martial Arts. The God of Literature (Man Cheong) is a Taoist deity he was known for being a filial scholar as well as a heroic warrior. Because of this, students often call on him for help in passing exams. The God of Martial Arts (Kwan Tai) is worshipped by both Taoists and Buddhists alike. He was best known for his loyalty and valor in times of war.

Man Mo Temple is one of the most popular temples in Hong Kong and provides amazing insight into traditional Cantonese culture.

34. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong

Home of the three religions, Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is named after the combination of Taoist organization who currently administer and run the temple (Sik Sik Yuen) and the person it is dedicated to (Wong Tai Sin).

The temple is not only popular for its pluralism for being the home of three different religions, but also for its fortune-telling as many said that the accuracy of fortune-telling in this temple is very high and accurate. And some even claim that the temple is where all the wishes come true. Not only that we can pray and make a wish in front of the altar, but we also can find the fortune teller who will interpret what they see for the worshipper. Around the temple, you can also find other fortune tellers who can do the palm and face reading.

Cambodia

35. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Located amongst the jungles along the outskirts of Siem Reap, the Angkor Wat temple is an architectural marvel. This temple which has been featured in a few Hollywood adventure movies, is one of the most popular destinations in the entire Southeast Asia region. Built within the confined walls of the huge ancient city of Angkor, this temple has withstood some of the most turbulent times in Cambodian history.

Each and every stone of Angkor Wat depicts tales from a bygone era of religious conflicts to the more recent Khmer Rouge regime. The beauty of this monument is best explored during dusk and dawn where you can witness some of the most stunning sunrise and sunsets at the backdrop of the magnanimous temple structure. A trip to this place is worth memories of a lifetime.

36. Valley of 1000 Lingas, Kbal Spean, Siem Reap District

On my trip to Cambodia last month, I discovered this temple of Magnificence. Around 25kms drive from Siem Reap, lies the most miraculous place I’ve seen. The area consists of many thousands of sandstone stone carvings on the river bed mainly in the formation of lingas (symbol of Lord Shiva). The river bed also has beautiful carvings of Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. So we can see the entire Trinity on the riverbed. Your heart and mind feel so peaceful. From the parking, there is a 500 feet hike to experience a lot more lingas and motifs. I’m a total bhakt of Lord Shiva, so I felt this was an absolutely perfect place for me to visit. I’ve never seen so many Shivalings together.

You also get to see pure volcanic water. Touch it and be sure to pour a drop on your forehead, to feel all the stress and tension being released. There is also a very beautiful temple, where you can go and pour water on the Shivaling, and pray to Lord Vishnu & Lord Buddha. To reach here you need to climb a few steps, and the view from the top is simply mind blowing. End your day, by going to the magical, waterfalls and don’t forget to take a swim there. You’re surely going to feel at bliss.

Tips: Wear walking shoes, with an anti slip grip, reach early as it’s a day long experience. Carry adequate mosquito repellent. Visiting this place in dry summer seasons, is highly recommended. During rains, you cannot see the Shiva kings, and it’s risky to trek. Carry enough water, as the trek is little tiring.

Sri Lanka

37. Anuradhapura Temple, Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura definitely is one of the nicest temples and archaeological sites to visit in Sri Lanka. Located right near the city of Anuradhapura, from where there’s easy access, this is a series of Buddhist temples which are still used by the locals. On prayer days, they can be seen dressed in white (the color of prayer in Sri Lanka), placing their offerings and paying their respects at the various temples.

Given how vast it is, the best way to visit Anuradhapura is by bike. Bikes can be rented at various shops not far from the entrance of the site, and rental for the entire day shouldn’t cost more than 750 Rupees. Given the heat, it is better to set nice and early as at around 2:00 pm it becomes virtually unbearable. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, preferably long pants and a T-shirt covering the shoulders as these are required in order to enter temples. Also carry plenty of cold water, though small shops that sell water and other drinks and food can be found around the site.

38. Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka

The Dambulla caves complex sits on a beautiful hillside in Sri Lanka’s Golden Triangle. The temple was originally built in 80 BC but was a multi-century work in progress. The site consists of natural caves that have been painstakingly enlarged to accommodate large Buddha statues which were added in the 12th century. The caves were enhanced once again in the 18th century with the addition of detailed ceiling paintings. Then, during the British empire period in the 1930’s, a temple veranda was added which overlooks the beautiful valley below.

But what makes Dambulla truly remarkable is that the temple monastery is still in use today. It’s hard enough to imagine that this place isn’t a ruin after 1,936 years, but the fact that it still has a practical religious purpose attests to its ongoing relevance to Sri Lankan culture.

39. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, you will likely visit Kandy, the former royal capital of Sri Lanka and an essential cultural centre. The most important site in Kandy is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and is a must-see. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, the temple holds a tooth of Buddha, enshrined in seven golden caskets. The tooth is venerated by Buddhists around the world and is an essential pilgrimage for Sri Lankans.

Image credit: Thierry Mignon

The temple is a large compound with various buildings and is also an insight in Sri Lankan life. Indeed, the crowds wander around and the place is alive with prayers and music. You are welcome to participate with flower offerings and respectful photography is allowed.

Nepal

40. Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Situated outside of Kathmandu, Boudhanath is probably the largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. The mystical atmosphere in Boudhanath is heightened especially in the late afternoon or early evening when scores of devotees converged at the dome of the stupa performing the kora (ritual circumnavigation) and chanting mantras. You will see Tibetan monks in maroon robes, devotees spin prayer wheels and sounds of Tibetan chants played from shops selling Tibetan religious paraphernalia.

Boudhanath is my favourite place in Kathmandu so much so that I visited the site twice in two days! When you’re at the stupa, remember to walk around it clockwise.

41. Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu

Overshadowed by the famous Boudhanath Temple in Nepal, the Kopan Monastery is not to forget and not to be ignored when you visit Kathmandu, Nepal. It is on a high view point, 15-minute drive north of the Boudhanath. It is around 6 km away from the Thamel district, which is recommended to take a taxi to, as walking uphill in unknown and uneven streets of Kathmandu aren’t too enjoyable. This Monastery is completely calm and peaceful, perfect to go early in the day and grab a grass spot to read a book under the sun. There is no entrance fee, it’s an actual temple that you can go to pray and learn about Buddhism.

Kopan Monastery is the most popular place for foreigners to go to study about Tibetan Buddhism. It is known for people to stay for a while to study. Otherwise you can join daily morning prayers that are meditation sessions, an important part of Buddhism.

Bangladeš

42. Buddha Dhatu Jadi Temple, Bangladesh

Buddha Dhatu Jadi Temple also known as the Bandarban Golden Temple, is the biggest Buddhist Temple in Bangladesh. Buddha Dahtu Jadi Temple is located in Bandarban District in one of the most remote and least populated district in all of 64 districts in Bangladesh and with only about 0.3% of the population in Bangladesh being Buddhists, this is a rare sight in a country where 90% of the population is Islamic.

The Temple is located on the top of the highest hill in the area, 4km outside of Bandarban town. The easiest way to reach the temple is to take a local Tuk Tuk here for less than 1 USD. From the temple, you will get a panoramic view of the major parts of the State.
Myanmar.

Myanmar

43. The Popa Taungkalat Monastery, Myanmar

The monastery sits alluringly atop of a steep sided, extinct volcano, about 60 kilometers from Bagan and takes a little over an hour to get to. I visited as part of a day trip that also included a visit to a local market and a place that makes rather tasty coconut candy.

As I arrived, I looked up at Popa Taungkalat in awe, wondering how they managed to build such a spectacular feat and how knackered I’ll feel after I have climbed the 777-steps to the top. But climb I did and it was well worth it. I felt detached from the real world, perched so high with the breathtaking panoramic views of the plains below. And if you get bored of that, there are plenty of monkeys to entertain you as they surprise unsuspecting tourists . . . you have been warned.

44. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Most probably one of the most impressive golden pagodas in Asia! On my travels around the world I have seen many temples and a lot of them claim to be golden but this famous temples complex in Yangon, Myanmar is so shiny it hurts my eyes. The golden color of the Shwedagon Pagoda is so impressive that everyone who walks into the complex stops and stares.

The temple complex sits on a little hill and can be spot from around the city. Cool tip is to have a beer in the evening in any of the nearby rooftop bars and cheers with the golden Pagoda in the background.

45. Sule Pagoda, Yangon

Sule Pagoda is a 2,500-year-old Buddhist temple located on Yangon, Myanmar. According to legend, the king of spirits wanted to help a Burmese king build a shrine for a Buddha relic on the same site as where three previous Buddha relics had been buried, but he didn’t know where they were. With the help of another powerful spirit, they were able to locate these three other relics, making it so Sule Pagoda is home to four Buddha relics instead of the customary one or two.

Another interesting fact about the Pagoda is that it was constructed using a basic form utilized in Indian architecture, but the embellishments and final design are of a Mon-style Burmese influence. The main pagoda is octagonal with each side 24 feet long and the pinnacle reaches 144 ft 9 1/2 in.

Laos

46. Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

With only one day to spend in Vientiane, we knew we had to pick the perfect Wat to add to our itinerary for a single day in Laos’ capital city… and we couldn’t have chosen better than the Buddhist temple of Wat Si Saket. Located in the heart of Vientiane, Wat Si Saket dates back to the early 19th century and ranks as the oldest Wat in Vientiane.

Not only is the Wat very peaceful both inside the buildings and throughout the grounds, its decor is very memorable: we will never forget the hundreds of very small Buddha statues set into enclaves of the walls.

47. Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Luang Prabang is one of my favorite cities among Asia. Its temples, small lanes and monks in saffron-yellow robes make the city livelier. Among the temples I explored, Wat Xieng Thong is the most interesting one. Built in 1560, it is marked as the oldest temple of the city and also reputed as the most important temples of Laotian history and a great example to show the Laotian architecture of Buddhist Temples.

The beautiful two-tiered roofs – sweeping low to the ground, the highly decorated glass mosaics set of “tree of life” on its western exterior walls and the mythical statues including the famous Nagas make Wat Xieng Thong more stunning.

Taiwan


48. Wenwu Temple at Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Built rather recently in 1932 and then rebuilt after an earthquake in 1999, this exceptionally beautiful, well-kept temple is filled with stone carvings and fountains. I was most impressed by two immense red stone lions that guard the gates – they are the perfect place to take a souvenir photograph. The temple with its gorgeous Sun Moon Lake offers beautiful views that can enjoyed from many vantage points.

It is here that I learned that temples have three doors. No one enters through the middle door because that is for the deities. As you face the temple, you must enter through the right door, which is on the side of the dragon’s mouth, and exit through the left door, which is on the side of the tiger’s tail.

Južna Koreja

49. Bulguksa Temple , Gyeongju

Gyeongju, South Korea was once one of the largest cities in the world, serving as the capital of the Silla Dynasty for hundreds of years. During this period, Bulguksa Temple was an important Buddhist temple, a designation that continues to this day, even as Gyeongju’s overall importance faded. The current temple was built in 751, with several rounds of reconstruction having taken place during the following centuries. Today, Bulguksa Temple is a grand complex of various sized buildings, with lovely gardens to explore as well.

The colorful architectural details of Bulguksa Temple merit close attention, while the expansive grounds mean that it’s easy to find a quiet corner experience tranquility. There are little gems to find everywhere, including dragon door handles, drums, roof decorations, statues, and more. Gyeongju isn’t on the itinerary of many visitors to South Korea, but it should be. The city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Bulguksa Temple being just one of the many magical places that give travelers a better sense of Korean history.

50. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan

Built in 1376, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan is a beautiful Buddhist temple situated right on the coast with breathtaking views of the East Sea. The best time to visit this coastal temple is during the summertime when the weather is hot and the sun is shining. However, the temple is open year round so you could explore when the temperatures are chilly.

Walking and exploring the majestic grounds is worth the trip out to the far-east area of Busan. Marvel at the large golden Buddha statues while the waves crash against the rocky shores. Make sure you throw a coin over the bridge. If it lands into the ceramic bowl, it is said to bring you much luck and prosperity.


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