Asia is a culturally rich and diverse region counting abundant sites classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO in the World Heritage of Humanity. With some of the world’s most famous sites like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia or Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Asia is home to magnificent sites that stand out for their natural or cultural value. Here are some of them.
This temple ruins in Cambodia is one of the most beautiful and largest religious monument in the world. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer. It was built in the 12th century measuring 162.6 hectares and was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire.
Located in Java, Indonesia, Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction, and one of the greatest monument of the said country. It also contains the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument annually and its temple is still used for pilgrimage.
Ha Long Bay
As northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub, the beauty of Ha Long Bay transcends time. Thousands of towering limestone pillars and islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin made it to the New7Wonders of Nature too. They also found some evidence of pre-historic human remains dating back to tens of thousands of years.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Located in the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, Palawan, this national park boasts it rock formations, underground, river channels, large bats and a 300-meters cave dome. Some areas are impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.
Banaue Rice Terraces
These terraces in the northern Philippines were carved by the ancestors of the indigenous Cordillera tribes mainly the Ifugaos. It was built through the use of primitive tools only 2,000 years ago. This is also the first site that made it to the cultural landscape category in the World Heritage list in 1995.
Bagan is an ancient capital city of the Burmese empire or as some tourists would say, a temple town in Myanmar. Its 4000 pagodas and temples built from the 9th to 13th century will leave everyone breathless because of its ageless beauty. The colorful hot air balloons added to mix will also make it more memorable.
Great Wall of China
Who would forget the most famous tourist attraction in China? Even it’s 2,000 years old, tourists are still clamoring to see the Great Wall. Therefore, be prepared if you’re going during the peak season. The most popular and fully-restored section of the wall are crowded during these times. It is recommended to the wall at Simatai to experience the wall in solitude.
Being one of the most recognizable structure in the world, a trip to India wouldn’t be complete without seeing Taj Mahal. This structure was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. According to them, it is for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. This ivory-white marble mausoleum attracts 7-8 million tourists per year.