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Buddhist Heritage sites in Southeast Asia protected by UNESCO

There are many famous Buddhist Heritage sites in Southeast Asia that are recognized and protected by UNESCO. Here is a list of the most famous World Heritage Sites in the region.

Angkor Wat (Photo credits: Commons Wikipedia)
Angkor Wat (Photo credits: Commons Wikipedia)

Angkor, Cambodia

One of the most prominent and famous sites in Asia, Angkor stretches over 40,000 hectares. This was the last remaining stronghold of the Khmer Empire and today the ruins are visited by thousands each year. The most prominent sites are the Bayon Temple with its detailed sculptures, and Angkor Thon together with Angkor Wat.

 

 

Borobudur Temple (Photo credit: Commons Wikimedia)
Borobudur Temple (Photo credit: Commons Wikimedia)

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Top Buddhist Gardens and Temples in Bangkok

Wat Pho by commons wikipedia
Wat Pho via Wikipedia Commons

One of the busiest cities in Asia, Bangkok has some beautiful places to see. Some of the most incredible sights in Bangkok are the temples and gardens. Here are some of those highlights…

Wat Pho via Wikipedia commons
Wat Pho via Wikipedia commons

Wat Pho

One of the major temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a prominent Buddhist site. This gigantic Buddha measures 46 metres in length and is close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Buddha’s feet are 5 metres in length and covered in mother of pearl depictions from Buddhist taksanas or characteristics. This is a must see sight for visitors to the capital.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bagan (Myanmar)

Temples in Bagan (Wikipedia creative commons)
Temples in Bagan (Wikipedia creative commons)

Marco Polo described Bagan as, “one of the finest sights in the world,” and with over 4000 temples, visiting this beautiful city needs to be planned. Here’s how to get the best out of Bagan.

A Short History

Bagan’s temple building era was at its height from the 11th to 13th century when most of the pagodas were constructed. During the later period many of the buildings have Indian features and are more intricate.

King Anawrahta was a devoted Buddhist and most of the prominent temples were built during his reign. In 1289 Bagan was overrun by Mongol invaders. This led to the decline of the city, however many of the Bamar inhabitants are thought to have departed before the invasion.

In 1975 a large earthquake destroyed many temples at Bagan but rebuilding began with the help of UNESCO. Today, Bagan is one of the major attractions in Myanmar and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shwezigon Paya, Bagan (Wikimedia creative commons)
Shwezigon Paya, Bagan (Wikimedia creative commons)

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