When you think about Asia, what are some of the first things that come to mind? Maybe you think of big cities like Tokyo or Beijing. Or maybe you think of tropical islands like Bali or the Philippines. Or maybe even Thailand’s famous beaches. But what if I told you that Asia has many more spectacular landmarks than just these? If this is true, then why don’t we hear more about them? What follows is a list of hidden gems throughout Asia that will make your next trip to this part of the world a memorable one:
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious structure, built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. It was originally intended to be a Hindu temple but later converted into a Buddhist place of worship. This temple complex covers 1,000 acres and contains several smaller temples within it, such as Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple (the one you see in most pictures).
If you’re planning on visiting this landmark during your trip to Asia, make sure that you have enough time set aside; there are many other sites within Angkor Archaeological Park that are worth seeing!
The Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure ever built. It stretches across 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometers) and was built over 2,000 years ago to protect the Chinese Empire from Mongolian invaders. The Great Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World since 2007.
The Great Wall is also known as “the longest cemetery on Earth”, because thousands died while building it! In fact, some parts of this ancient wonder still have bones buried inside them! In order to preserve its history as well as ensure that future generations can enjoy it just like we do today, visitations must be limited so that they don’t damage any part of this amazing masterpiece by walking on top of it or climbing over it with no protection equipment whatsoever…unless you want an accident?
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum that was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India and standing on the banks of the Yamuna River at its north end. The construction began in 1632 and was completed after 22 years with an estimated cost of US$40 million (at that time).
The Taj Mahal attracts more than 1 million visitors annually making it one of the most visited monuments in the world. It has been declared as “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO since 1983
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Thailand
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is one of the most important landmarks in Thailand. It houses several important Buddhist statues, including one made from jade called the Emerald Buddha. This statue is considered to be one of Thailand’s treasures and is revered by many people around the world.
The Grand Palace itself was built over 400 years ago as a residence for kings who ruled over Siam (modern day Thailand), but today it serves as an official residence for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and his family members who live there with him when they are not traveling abroad or staying at other palaces throughout Thailand.
Borobudur Temple Compounds, Indonesia
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world, built in the 8th century by the Sailendra dynasty. It’s located in Central Java and is one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations.
The temple itself is made up of six square platforms topped with three circular platforms that together form a pyramid shape. The whole thing has been carved out from solid rock and features 2,672 relief panels that depict scenes from Buddha’s life (as well as scenes from Hindu mythology). On top of that, there are also over 500 Buddha statues–all created using local materials such as sandstone and limestone!
It was originally built as an elaborate mausoleum for King Samaratungga who ruled over what would become central Javanese kingdoms during this period; however this wasn’t its only purpose: Borobudur was also used as a place where monks could meditate before they went on their pilgrimage around Asia looking for enlightenment (to help them achieve nirvana). Today it remains one of Indonesia’s most important religious sites while also being recognized by UNESCO as both “World Heritage Site” status due to its cultural significance – which means you should definitely take some time out of your busy schedule next time you visit Indonesia so that you can check it out too!
There are many great landmarks in Asia to visit.
There are many great landmarks in Asia to visit, but you don’t have to see them all at once. You can plan your trip around the one or two places that interest you most and then come back later. The best way to get around is by plane; they’re fast, efficient and reliable. It’s also easier if you travel during off season when there aren’t as many tourists around (this will keep costs down).
If you’re planning a trip to Asia, these are some of the best places to visit. Not only are they great landmarks, but they also offer so much more than just some old bricks or stone walls!