The Star's 10 most beautiful temples list

Malaysia’s Star takes us on a tour of the 10 most beautiful temples in the world – all notably Asian, and half of them from Southeast Asia.

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photo credit: Master 心道

When faith takes form
The Star, 24 January 2009

The top 10:

  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Bhutan)
  • Wat Rong Khun (Thailand)
  • Prambanan (Indonesia)
  • Shwedagon Pagoda (Myanmar)
  • Temple of Heaven (China)
  • Chion-in Temple (Japan)
  • Borobudur (Indonesia)
  • The Golden Temple of Amritsar (India)
  • Sri Ranganathaswany Temple (India)
  • Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

I’m sure there are many more temples in Southeast Asia that deserve an honourable mention. ‘Wat’ do you think?

Related Books:
Thailand: Temples and Traditions (Journeys Through the World and Nature)
Monuments of India and the Indianized States: The Plans of Major and Notable Temples, Tombs, Palaces and Pavilions, South-East Asia
Art of Southeast Asia Temples & Sculptur
Global Treasures Prambanan Java, Indonesia
In Praise of Prambanan: Dutch Essays on the Loro Jonggrang Temple Complex (Translation series / Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde)
Shwedagon: Golden Pagoda of Myanmar
Global Treasures SHWEDAGON PAGODA Shwedagon Zedi Daw Myanmar
Global Treasures TIAN TAN Temple of Heaven Peking, China
Temple Treasures of Japan
Borobudur: Golden Tales of the Buddhas (Periplus travel guides)
Global Treasures BOROBUDUR Java, Indonesia
Borobudur
THE HEART OF INDIA WITH GOLDEN TEMPLE OF AMRITSAR DEWAN-I-KHAS.
– Historic Print (M): Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
Angkor Wat (Unearthing Ancient Worlds)
In Search Of History – Forgotten City Of The Jungle (History Channel)
Global Treasures ANGKOR WAT Cambodia
Sacred Angkor: The Carved Reliefs of Angkor Wat

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

2 thoughts on “The Star's 10 most beautiful temples list”

  1. You should have posted the picture of Magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan.

  2. I was at Shwedagon yesterday ! Yes it’s impressive, but a bit over the top in some ways!!! Having been into many cave temples in the last few days I’ve seen enough Buddha statues to last a lifetime!!!

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