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Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet

Amazing ancient architecture in Asia

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When travelling to a foreign country, you probably want to absorb as much of the culture and local landscape as possible while there. You go out of your way to look at special buildings, art work, and local activities that inspire you, shock you, and even lead to make a few changes in your everyday life when you return home. The following buildings in Asia are stunning, deeply embedded in rich history, and ultimately totally unique in their design and appearance. Don’t miss them!

The following buildings in Asia are stunning, deeply embedded in rich history, and ultimately totally unique in their design and appearance. If you enjoy visiting Asia, make it a point to see as many of these as possible.

The Tibetan Potala Palace

Located at over 12,000ft above sea level, the palace is the highest building in the world. It also stands an incredible 13 stories tall. Construction of the breathtaking Potala Palace began in 1645. Originally, it was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, but the palace is now a museum hosting tens of thousands of diverse cultural relics, intricate and historical Tibetan art, and splendid wall paintings, which all provide material evidence of Tibetan history. Inside the palace is just as grand as the outside. There are 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and approximately 200,000 statues.

Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet

Bhutan Taktsang Monastery

The Taktsang Monastery is arguably the most famous monastery in the world, having appeared in many print publications and movies alike. It is more commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest. This incredible monastery was first constructed back in 1692. The sacred Buddhist monastery is impressively situated on the side of a steep cliff and must have been an architectural nightmare during construction. The monastery sits at roughly 3,000 ft (900 meters) above the Paro valley. It has a rich history  as a hermitage for monks. You can imagine that it’s quite a tough trek up to this grand structure, so if you venture here, make sure to bring plenty of water.

Bhutan Taktsang Monastery

Burma Shwezigon Pagoda

Going for gold. The glistening Shwezigon Pagoda was completed in 1102 AD. Legend has it that the pagoda enshrines a bone and a tooth of Gautama Buddha. Myth states that King Anawrahta requested the Buddha’s tooth relic from Sri Lanka. Once the tooth arrived by ship, the king walked neck-deep into the river to receive it. The king then made the decision to enshrine the relic in a glorious pagoda for the benefit of all the people. He placed the relic on the back of his white elephant and said, “May my white elephant bow down at the spot where the tooth relic wishes to reside.” And hence, Shwezigon Pagoda in its golden glory is now situated at the very place where the white elephant bowed its head.

Shwezigon Pagoda Burma Myanmar

If you get the chance to visit these astonishing examples of architectural perfection and thoroughly research the history behind them while you are there, you’ll enrich your visit massively and create memories that will never be forgotten. Try your best to squeeze them in, ideally with a tour guide. You certainly won’t regret it!

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