If you are a heritage lover and like to immerse in ancient monuments and heritages, then coming Southeast Asian temples, historic monuments and heritage ruins can just fulfill your craving. Known world over for its pristine beaches and quaint countryside, this part of the world is also the home to many world famous heritage sites. With a plethora of ruins of ancient cities and an array of Buddhist and Hindu temples that dates back to ancient era beyond thousand years, these places offer all that one can think of a time travel down the memory lane. While Angkor Wat leads the ensemble of South East Asian heritages, there are plenty of others that deserve equal attention. Here are our pick of 6 must visit heritage sites in South East Asia.
1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This is by far the most publicized heritage site from the entire region and in Asia it comes only behind Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China. This man-made wonder Angkor Wat is also regarded as the Disneyland of Asian temples with a whole ancient city full of temples that shows thousands of year’s old ancient relics, statures and relief works. After remaining shrouded under mystery until the last half of the nineteenth century, now it draws millions of tourists every year from all over the world.
2. Borobudur, Indonesia
There are many heritage sites around South East Asia that offer a lost and mysterious feeling. Borobudur in Indonesia is one such site. Being surrounded by central Java jungles Borobudur equally offers a majestic view with the mysterious veil of remoteness and ancient aura. This Buddhist temple has six square and three circular levels. The stunning symmetry of the singular structure offers a resemblance to a Buddhist Mandala or so called Buddhist representation of the universe.
3. Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok, Thailand
These are two ancient palaces that are common in almost every travel itinerary for the tourists reaching Bangkok and they deserve this attention. The grand palace offers a perfect confluence of Victorian architectural style and quintessential Thai tradition. Wat Phra Kaeo located within the same site is the royal temple housing the most revered Emerald Buddha of Thailand. Both the sites located within the city of Bangkok itself are synonymous to visiting an entire historical city itself.
4. Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Thailand
When Europeans arrived in Thailand they discovered this heritage site as the thriving capital of Siam province in Thailand. Being the capital of the monarchy that ruled million inhabitants, it now displays the remains of royal palaces, heritage temples and sprawling vistas full of remnants of yesteryear’s grandeur.
The stunning height with the pointed spires of this grand Hindu temple is recognized from afar. Prambanan offers the most impressive architectural heritage as a Hindu temple complex in the entire South East Asia. Older than Angkor Wat this stupendous and elaborate heritage site will offers extensive bas relief works in the temple walls.
6. Basakih Temple, Bali
This grand temple was built in memory of famous icon Gunung Agung, the volcano god who is believed to be the creator of this tiny island. The temple is a firsthand testimony of the people’s tradition and belief in myths concerning the fiery volcano of the island. Looking much like the Chinese pagodas the place offers a serene beauty from slightly afar and upon approaching the temple the buzz of worshipping offers exotic charm so common in the religious sites of Asia.