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World Most Beautiful Temples
Temples around the world fascinate with their extraordinary architecture.
1. Wat Benchamabophit Temple in Bangkok
Designed entirely of Italian marble and completed in 1899, it is both a relatively new temple and quite unique.While it holds all of the classically Thai architecture traits, it also seems just a bit different and is a nice, more relaxed visit that the more popular temples in Bangkok.The temple grounds are complete with small streams that pass through, and visitors can buy small fish, turtles and eels to release if they did like to.The ticket is cheap, only 20 bath and is open daily from 8.30, 5pm.A do not miss temple in Bangkok for sure!
2. Wat Suwan Kuha Temple Thailand
It is a cave temple close to Phuket in Southern Thailand, built into a limestone cave in a mountainside.It is very atmospheric inside, quite dark but with light filtering through gaps in the cave, and it is full of statues.And a troupe of monkeys have their home in the outer courtyard.You can get to the temple by bus, taxi or organised tour from Phuket, and the entry fee is 10 baht.
3. Way Rong Khun White Temple Thailand
Immediately upon entering the grounds of Chiang Rai White Temple, you will realize this contemporary, unconventional temple stands out, even in a country saturation with places of worship.Ghostly heads hang from trees in the temple gardens, trees of metal keys surround a wishing well, skulls top traffic cones and Thailand best golden toilets are available to visitors.Upon entering the temple, you will pass sword wielding demons, hungry hands reaching from the depths as you cross a bridge toward the inner sanctuary, where superheroes and cartoons cavort in traditional Buddhist murals and motifs.All these fearful statues and terrifying demons symbolize a traditional Buddhist messageconquering desire, greed and passion to rise to a state of nirvana but do it in an unforgettably, modern, unique and imaginative way.
4. Kotoku in Temple in Japan
The Giant Buddha of temple of Kotoku in Temple in Kamakura, Japan was built in the 13th century.It used to be housed in a great hall of the temple but the hall was destroyed in the 13th century, 14th century and finally in the 15th century.Kamakura is close enough to Tokyo to make it an easy day trip and there are a wealth of Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines in the city, such that the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. Hawaii Temple Hawaii
Hawaii is known for its undulating mountains, crystal clear beaches and aloha spirit.But, do you know a smaller scale replica of a 950 year old temple in Japan is located in the island of Oahu.At the foot of the Koolau Mountains, the Byodo In Temple was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.The sight of a red and white temple surrounded by lush foliage, a large reflecting pool and small waterfalls is truly remarkable.Vibrant peacocks and hundreds of koi carp add a level of serenity to the area.The temple, which is located in Kaneohe, is open daily from 9.00 a.m.5.00 p.m.Admission is doller3.
6. Sagrada Familia Spain
A lot of visitors think that the Sagrada Familia is the same thing as the Cathedral of Barcelona, but it actually officially called the Basilica Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.This emblematic Barcelona building is famously unfinished, and even though current estimates say it could be done by 2026, there are definite doubts about that! Some residents believe its incompleteness is part of its charm.But not everyone is a fan of the Sagrada Familia George Orwell referred to it as one of the most hideous buildings in the world! Love it or hate it, visiting Gaudi ambitious project will definitely give you something to talk about afterward.Current entry prices start from euro14.80, though if youre on a tight budget looking at the spectacular outside is totally free.
7. Golden Temple India
Amritsar, in Western India is home to the incredible Harmandir Sahib, otherwise known as the Golden Temple.Sitting in the centre of a sacred pool, the Golden Temple floats majestically in the centre of the huge walled compound.The temple serves as the headquarters of the Sikh religion, an extremely inclusive, friendly and welcoming religion whose fundamental belief is the equality of all people.This is reflected in the kind nature of the people here, many of whom have very little and sleep on the tiled floors surrounding the temple for days just to be close to it.There is no entrance fee, you can store your shoes for free, eat for free and the entire complex is run by volunteers.It really is a wonderful place and the Golden Temple is of course the main attraction, which comes alive when it glistens in the sunlight.
8. Kek Lok Si Temple Penang
Kek Lok Si Temple is the busiest one on the gorgeous island of Penang for a reason it something really special.It a Buddhist temple started in 1890 and a bit like Barcelona La Sagrada Familia, it just keeps on going.There have been new parts constructed ever since and it still going.Kek Lok Si is colourful, crazy and a mix of all kinds of architectural styles, and that probably why we loved it.The only down side is that it a little too full of stalls selling souvenirs, though at least when I visited there was not any pushy sales action.There is no entrance fee to get into the temple and you can climb the stairs all the way to the top if youre up to it I was with my three year old so we paid for the diagonal lift to get up the last part of the complex .
9. Gangotri in the Indian Himalayas
Situated at a staggering altitude of 3142 meters or over 10000 feet above sea level, folded in the wraps of the splendid hills of Garhwal Himalayas in India is situated one of the most significant temples of Hinduism Gangotri.What makes it so special, you ask.It the location.Seated at the source of the River Ganga, which is considered a living Goddess for the Hindus all round the world, for a believer, Gangotri makes for a dream, the ideal pilgrimage destination.The place, complete with its aura of spiritual tranquility, is magical Really! Here time stands still very still! It throws you off in a trance.Even if you do not have the luxury of faith, the town still does not disappoint you with craggy mountains, deep gorges, snow capped Himalayan peaks and the River Ganges flowing in a melody leaves you mesmerized.
10. The Hanging Monastery China
The Hanging Monastery is a small Buddhist temple outside of Datong, China.It clings impressively to a wall of rock, half way up a sheer cliff, supported from the bottom by thin timbers.This amazing and unlikely structure dates all the way back to 491 AD.You feel almost like a bird walking across the cliff face, hanging out over the valley, to peer into the dozens of individual shrines.As the structure is all wooden, you will notice an abundance of fire extinguishers it would be quite a plummet into the valley if the floor caught on fire! You can take a taxi from Datong to see this unique temple for an admission price of 130 yuan.
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