5 Famous Buddhist Temples You Must Visit
Buddhist temples are known for their architecture as well as teachings. These places not only reveal the cultural history of Buddhism but also attract various tourists with their aesthetic appeal. We urge you to visit some of these amazing Buddhist temples around the world.
1. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India
Being the birthplace of Buddhism, India is garlanded with various Buddhist temples and monasteries. Bodh Gaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained his spiritual enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. Located next to the temple, the tree is surrounded by stone fencing. That’s why the Mahabodhi temple of Bihar is the most sacred and the important pilgrim to visit. In the temple, you will find a statue of Buddha inside a glass box. The statue is made of yellow sandstone which gives it an attractive look.
The glory of the temple doesn’t end here; it has a rich history and cultural significance. Built in 3 B.C., it was the first temple built by Emperor Ashoka. The pyramid structure in the temple is of 180 feet high along with the engraved artistic effect.
2. Horyu-Ji, Nara, Japan
The construction technique used in building Horyu-Ji temple is one of the oldest methods knows as the Shimbashira. This multi-story wooden building is named as the first designated UNESCO heritage site of Japan.
Located 40kms away from Osaka, Japan, this religious site is designed in such a way that earthquake can’t shake it because its central pillar supports each story and its roof. Earthquake shakes every room or each floor independently and the entire energy is dispersed to the ground transferring through the central pillar. That’s why earthquakes cannot harm the temple.
3. Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia
The temple located 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta was built in the ninth century. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple made of an estimated 2 million blocks. The entire structure contains 72 stupas and 504 Buddha statues in an open round. The greatest stupa sits on the top of the structure. This incredible cone-shaped temple, from bottom to top depicts the journey from birth to Nirvana.
4. Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India
Being one of the oldest stone structures, Sanchi Stupa is not only a Buddhist temple but also important monument of Indian architecture. It is located in Sanchi town, which is 46 kilometers north-east away from the capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Built under the commissioning of Emperor Ashoka and his wife, the temple is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site for its magnificent architecture. The structure has four gateways in four direction having impressive intricate carvings.
5. The Bagan Temples, Bagan, Myanmar
Residing on the banks of Ayerwaddy River, Bagan is a 26 square mile site having more than 2200 stupas, pagodas, and various other religious buildings. Being the capital of the Pagan kingdom, Bagan was previously known as the Pagan and built with more than 4400 temples. But the kingdom fell to the Mongols in the 13th century. However, it continued to flourish by other kings too as the place of Buddhism.