Top 22 Beautiful Buddhist temples in the world

Top 22 Beautiful Buddhist temples in the world

Originated from India then spread across Asia, Buddhism have developed since the 4th century and became the dominant religion in the continent. There are ways to learn about how people believe in the pursuit of Nirvana. If you just want to appreciate the theory as well uncover Buddhist splendid architect, then these 22 stunning, beautiful temples in the world is just a perfect start: 

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Photographer: Marco Nurnberger

Wat Benchamabophit, Thailand

One of the top icons in Bangkok, Wat Benchamabophit, was built out of the Italian Carrara marble.
Its exterior display consists of furnished walling’s, doors, arched and stained glass windows. More than that, the temple’s gallery showcases a collection of 52 Buddha statues that stand on individual pillars.
Many say a holiday to Thailand without seeing Wat Benchamabophit is incomplete !

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Bagan, Myanmar

Once home to 10000 Buddhist structures, Bagan, the ancient city of temples in Myanmar now consists of over 2,500 remaining pagodas that tempt thousands of travelers.
Visitors can wander around numerous monuments such as Shwezigon, Dhammayangyi (the largest in the area) and more.
To get the best of Bagan, please check our suggestion for Bagan Travel Itinerary

Taung Kalat, Myanmar

With its beautiful splendor, Taung Kalat sits at the top of a sheer-sided volcanic plug that draws thousands of trippers to Central Myanmar. Visitors reach this monastery by ascending over 777 steps.
Those who make it to the summit enjoy the stupendous views of 37 statues at the base, Bagan temples and other stunning landscapes.
Taung Kalat is marked in many of our Myanmar Tour Packages, especially for pilgrimage trip.

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Seiganto-ji, Japan

If a trip to Japan is in your plans, Seiganto-ji should be amongst your top spots to explore. This UNESCO site belongs to Tendai, a school of Buddhism. Travelers consider it a prime layover while on the two famed pilgrimage routes in the country (the 33-temple Saigoku trail and the ancient Kumano Kodo).

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

Appreciated most for its sparkling grandeur, Wat Rong Khun is a prominent Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, located about five kilometers from the city. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat and opened to visitors in 1997. From its architecture, layout to mirror decorations, this temple is meant to exhibit Buddhist symbolism.

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Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

For your holiday in Bhutan, don’t miss Paro Taktsang, a Cliffside temple in Paro Valley. It has plenty to hold in high esteem, including the mysterious caves. Built-in the late 17th century, this temple complex is about 10 kilometers from Paro town.
You can get there by a rewarding hike via mountain paths that wind past cascading falls and other natural sceneries. It takes about two hours from the valley floor up to the exact temple structures.

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Wat Xieng Thong, Laos

When it comes to listing the most notable monasteries in Laos, Wat Xieng Thong is inclusive. It is positioned at the tip of the Luang Prabang peninsula. The temple displays the 16th century Lao architecture that consists of rare Buddhist deities, wall carvings and mosaic patterns.
To explore this site at your most , time the visit during the annual festivities like the New Year’s festival.

Recommended Read: Top Laos Travel Experiences

man mo temple
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Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

Named amongst the oldest temples in Hong Kong, Man Mo is devoted to the God of War and god of literature. It was built during the Qing dynasty in 1847, acted both as a place of worship and a court of justice to settle disputes in the Chinese local communities. Apart from that, people visit the place to seek for more information about their future, often told by the fortune-tellers.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam

Dating back to the 6th century, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest in Hanoi. It’s set on an islet within the West Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in the northwestern part of the city. Tran Quoc consists of an eleven storey red pagoda, gold and bronze statues along with female Buddhas that are girded by lush greenery.

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Buu Long Pagoda, Vietnam

Put up in 1942 near the Dong Nai River; the Pagoda fascinates visitors with its blend of architectural styles. It is about 20 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
The pagoda pools reflect the golden spires and white walls of the temple. Besides that, Buu Long Pagoda's serene gardens are perfect to relax.

Recommended Read: Vietnam Travel Destinations

key gompa
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Kye Gompa, India

Lying on the elevation of 4166 m above sea level amid the dramatic Himalayas, you find Kye Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and religious training Centre for Lamas. It is positioned close to the Spiti River in the Himachal Pradesh, a state in north India.

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Mahabodhi, India

It is not only an ancient shrine; Mahabodhi is one of the few UNESCO World heritage sites in India. The temple is located in Bodh Gaya, a notable place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment. You can easily access this draw from the major cities and towns of Bihar.

byodo in temple
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Byodo-In Temple, Hawaii

Located on the island of O’ahu in the famous Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, Byodo in Temple is a replica of the original temple in Kyoto, Japan.
It was established to honor the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, a state in the pacific United States.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Ranked the largest religious monument in the World, Angkor Wat is among the reasons for most travelers to Cambodia.
The complex was originally put in place as a Hindu temple devoted to Vishnu, but at the end of the 12th century, it transformed into a Buddhist temple. It covers a total area of 401 acres and welcomes thousands of visitors per year.

Recommended Tour: Myanmar and Cambodia Tour

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

Gyeongbokgung was the first and largest royal palace to be built by the Joseon dynasty. It is positioned in the northern part of Seoul amid the Bukansan mountain range and freestanding skyscrapers. Its multiple structures that include temples, shrines and banquet pavilions make it one of the most iconic sights in South Korea.

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Datsan Gunzechoinei, Russia

Without doubt, Datsan Gunzechoinei is inclusive of the World’s Buddhist temples. This monument hides its self in St Petersburg, Russia. It is unique from others because of its peerless features that embody art nouveau details, stained glass windows designed by Nicholas Roerich and the Tibetan prayer wheels. It is now a place of worship though it used to be a Centre for sports, zoology research and military communications.

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Gangtey Monastery, Bhutan

Gangtey Monastery adds to Bhutan’s incredible spots that feature on the list of top Buddhist temples in the World. It is nestled amidst the largest wetland in the country, nomadic shepherds and yak farmers. Join locals every year in November as they gather in the area to welcome the migrating black-necked cranes.

kopan monastery

Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kopan Monastery is a Tibetan monastery in Nepal. It is tucked far away in the northeast of Kathmandu, provides a home to hundreds of foreign meditation students and monks. With its convenient location on a hilltop, visitors to the locality are delighted by awe-inspiring views of Kathmandu city, the stupa of Boudhanath, and other scenic landscapes.


Borobudur, Indonesia

Featuring over 72 latticed stupas, 504 Buddha statues, and 3000 bas-relief sculptures, Borobudur multiplex is the World’s largest Buddhist temple. Its setting with a backdrop of the Menoreh Mountains turns the area photogenic. Visitors to the locale often partake in a climb from the eastern stairway up to the final stupa.

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Thean Hou Temple, Malaysia

Malaysia is not more visited, but it has some exceptional attractions that captivate travelers, and one of them is Thean Hou. This six-tiered temple belongs to the Chinese sea goddess “Mazu”. It is located in Kuala Lumpur; its construction was finished in 1987 and officially opened to visitors in 1989. During the Chinese New year celebrations, the temple is illuminated with red lanterns at dusk. Views are impressive.

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