Temples of South-East Asia
• Temples of South-East Asia
More than a half million square miles, eleven countries and two territories, and one administrative division up Southeast Asia. Although we usually associate countries in this part of the world with Buddhism, but of course it is not only faith that is practiced here - in the present or the past.
Thousands of churches of different options can be found in this densely populated sub-region of Asia. And while everyone on the gorgeous, these 17 examples of spectacular temples of Southeast Asia are among the best.
Wat Pho (Bangkok, Thailand). Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. Wat Pho - the house of the Reclining Buddha (15 meters high and 43 meters in length). The temple, also known as Thailand's first public institution of higher education. The temple is often considered the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Bali, Indonesia). Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a temple complex on the water, on the banks of the River Bro. The temple was built in 1663 and used for ceremonies in honor of Dana Devi - the goddess of water Balinese Hindus.
Ta Prohm (Siem Reap, Cambodia). Became widely known as a place of filming of "Tomb Raider", the temple of Ta Prohm was built in the late 12th - early 13th centuries. The trees around the church grow directly on it, climb over it and embrace the stone ruins that had once been a Buddhist monastery and university.
Tanah Lot (Bali, Indonesia). Tanah Lot, one of Bali's seven sea temples, stands at a considerable ledge of rock in the sea, in Tabanan. This place is considered by many as a must-visit during tourist trips, but it is worth noting that the temple provides entrance fee. In addition, visitors are "forced" to pass through the souvenir shops on your way to the temple.
Borobudur (Central Java, Indonesia). Borobudur, built in the 9th century, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It consists of a square platforms topped by a circular platform. Around the temple, you can find more than 500 Buddha statues.
Pura Besakih (Bali, Indonesia). Known in England as the Mother Temple of Besakih - Pura Besakih - a complex consisting of 22 temples. In 1963, the eruption of Mount Agung nearly destroyed the complex, a lava flow round the temples meters away.
Taoist Temple Cebu (Cebu, Philippines). Open to all visitors to Cebu Taoist Temple stands at a height of 300 meters. Entrance road to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. Taoist place of worship was built by the Chinese community in Cebu.
Phrahat Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai, Thailand). Temple is bred at the top of the mountain Doi Suthep, so it offers a beautiful view of Chiang Mai. Despite the fact that the temple is often subjected to the invasion of tourists (in a good way), Phrahat Wat Doi Suthep is widely regarded as a must place to visit during a tourist trip.
Temple and Museum Buddha Tooth (Chinatown, Singapore). The name of the temple and the Buddha Museum Zubba speaks for itself. Temple and Museum, built in the period from 2005-2007 year to accommodate the Tooth. In the basement of the temple, you can try vegetarian food.
Wat Arun (Bangkok, Thailand). In fact, the full name of the temple of Wat Arun - Wat Arun Ratchavararam Ratchavaramahavihan. The temple stands on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, where passing boats are visible spiers temple, towering over the surrounding area.
Phahat Luang (Vientiane, Laos). Phahat Luang temple in Vientiane (Lao capital), the domed Buddhist temples (mortar), coated with gold. Stupa is often considered the most important national monument in Laos. The height of the temple Luang Phahat 45 meters.
Kek Lok Si (Penang, Malaysia). Despite the fact that in the Kek Lok Si is a variety of shops where you do not look, a Buddhist temple - a spectacle that must be seen. Seven-story pagoda is interesting to combine Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural styles.
Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon, Myanmar). One of the most popular tourist attractions in Myanmar is the Shwedagon Pagoda, where the relics of four Buddhas. Gold on the stupa pagoda -not cheap gold paint, but real gold plates, covering it entirely.
Sri Mariamman Temple (Chinatown, Singapore). The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore is a national monument of the country. All six tiers of the temple are decorated with bright stucco sculptures of Hindu deities. Temple is sanctified every 12 years.
Xing Hou Temple (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Xing Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur is a Chinese temple dedicated to the goddess Matsu. On the construction of the six-tiered temple it took six years and approximately 7 million ringgit. Temple officially opened on September 3, 1989.
Wat Rong Khun (Chiang Rai, Thailand). Foreigners know this temple, as the White Temple. Wat Rong Khun is unusual for a Buddhist temple. It was built in 1997 by architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple was damaged by an earthquake in May 2014, but Chalermchai promised to repair it and bring in the original state within two years.
Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia). Angkor Wat, located near Siem Reap, is the largest religious monument in the world. The temple complex was originally a Hindu temple, which was later converted into a Buddhist temple. The name "Angkor Wat" in Khmer means "City of Temples".