Humans have always had a unique passion when it comes to religious endeavours, which is why some of our greatest constructions have been linked with a belief system. Whether it’s the massive cathedrals in France or the beautiful mosques that offer sanctuary to the Islamic nations, we’ve spent countless centuries building and maintaining some truly beautiful sites of worship. For the traveller that’s interested in seeing a variety of new temples during their travels, these are the ones that are not worth missing.
The Golden Temple – India
Found in the centre of Punjabi, India, this temple is almost entirely made out of white marble, with a plated layer of gold, giving it an amazing appearance that can be seen from far off. It’s a sacred site within the country, especially for the Sikhs, and currently sis home to the Guru Granth Sahib, which is a holy text that’s of utmost important to the Sikh religion. Completed in 1604 by Guru Ram Das Ji, the temple has a number of entrances, and more than 35000 people visit the temple every day.
Borobudur – Indonesia
As one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, Borobudur is a sight to behold for anything travelling through the central Java area of Indonesia. The temple is made of a few different structures, such as the lotus flower, as well as the Buddha himself. It was first built in the 8th century and is made up of over 2 million stones that are the result of volcanic activity in the area. When the Merapi volcano first erupted, many of the local inhabitants fled, leaving the temple abandoned for thousands of years. Along with Buddha, there are plenty of other statues that can be discovered near the site, making it a great place to relax for an afternoon with a cold drink and big bets for Aussies.
Angkor Wat – Combodia
Considered as the very largest religious temple of its kind, this extremely popular place of worship can be found in the beautiful country of Cambodia. It covers an area of 400 acres, and many of the complexes are extremely large, towering over most people. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century by Suryavarman, an emperor at the time, who built it as a site to worship Lord Vishnu. Over the centuries that the temple has been there, it has faced endless problems, such as wars, but it remains to this day.
Wat Rong Khun – Thailand
It’s a site that isn’t easy to forget thanks to its intricate design and large size, coupled with the stark white that encompasses the entire building. Wat Rong Khun is a Buddhist temple that was designed to represent the purity of the Buddha. This is reinforced with the glass design, which symbolises the eternal wisdom of lord Buddha, and has had many influences in its design, largely from the Hindus that reside in the area. The temple is not quite completed at the moment, and new works of art and modifications are constantly being added, making it more unique with every passing day. Due to its position in Thailand, it’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destination, and should not be skipped.