Most Unusual Temples
Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched
on the edge of a 3,000-feet-high cliff in Paro Valley in Bhutan
Wat Rong Khun (a Buddhist temple)
in Chiang Mai , Thailand
Prambanan is a Hindu temple in Central
The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250
surrounding smaller ones.
No one knows exactly when the Shwedagon
Paya (or Pagoda) in Myanmar was built.
Legend has it that it is 2,500 years old though archaeologists estimate
that it was built between the 6th and 10th century.
Temple of Heaven is a Taoist temple in
Beijing , China .
The temple was constructed in 14th century by Emperor Yongle of the Ming
Chion-in Temple was built in 1234 CE to
honor the founder of Jodo ( Pure Land ) Buddhism.
In the 19th century, Dutch occupiers of
Indonesia found a massive ancient ruin deep in the jungles of Java.
What they discovered was the complex of Borobudur ,
a gigantic structure built with nearly 2 million cubic feet (55,000 m³)
The temple has nearly 2,700 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.
The Harmandir Sahib (meaning
) or simply the Golden Temple in Punjab
is the most sacred shrine of Sikhism.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in
Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), is the largest functioning Hindu temple in
Ankor Wat is the largest of all temple, but it is currently non-functioning
as a temple - see below.
Last but definitely not least is the largest
temple in history
and the inspiration to countless novels and action movies of Hollywood
: Ankor Wat.