Traveling in Asia is one thing that should definitely be part of your bucket list. Aside from gastronomic feasts and cultural diversity, the continent is also known for being the home of some of the most popular attractions in the world.
1. Hagia Sophia
This Turkish landmark is known for its splendid architecture and distinct beauty. It is a symbol of both Byzantine and Ottoman empires, making it a huge part of the country’s history. It was originally used as a church, converted into a mosque, and now functions as a museum. Inside, you will be able to see a huge collection of relics and other religious artefacts. Even from the outside, it will surely leave you in awe. But, do not just be contented in seeing its exterior. Step inside, and for sure, you will be in for a treat.
2. Angkor Wat
Constructed in the 12th century, it has gained a reputation as the heart and soul of Siem Reap. It started out as a Hindu temple and later on used as a Buddhist temple. It is considered as the world’s largest religious monument, which covers an expansive size of 162.6 hectares. Its Khmer architecture will surely leave you mesmerized, especially if you visit during sunset. It is just one of the many attractions in a large archaeological center, and is just one of the many reasons why Cambodia is such a popular spot.
3. Taj Mahal
Made from white marble, this Indian landmark was built in 1632 upon the order of Shah Jahan. It was constructed to honor his late wife. It has a size of 17 hectares, with the centerpiece being the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. It is recognized as one of the perfect examples of Mughal architecture and is considered as one of the most pictured landmarks not only in India but in the whole world. In 1983, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Forbidden City
Also called the Palace Museum, this is one of the attractions that should not be missed if you happen to be visiting Beijing. It served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors. With a size of 24 hectares, it is currently reputed as the largest palace complex in the world. It has an extensive collection of artifacts, which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of Beijing. Some of the collections that used to be part of the complex are now seen in National Palace Museum in Taipei.
5. Great Wall of China
This is another attraction that you should definitely see if you happen to be in Beijing. It has been around for more than 2,000 years and has a length of about 13,170 miles. Although many parts of the complex have already disappeared, it is still recognized as one of the best landmarks in the world. It was used historically as a border identification and a way of protection from invaders. Many of its parts are open for tourists, but be prepared to see a huge crowd of people, each wanting to have a slice of one of the country’s best attractions.