Wat Arun, Bangkok

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Wat Arun, also known as Temple of Dawn, is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.

The Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

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Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Ta Prohm is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. It was founded by Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. In 1992 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 99 meters pagoda and stupa located in Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair from Gautama, the historical Buddha. It is not clear when it was built, some records show that it has existed for more than 2 600 years, but according to historians and archaeologists, it was built between the 6th and 10th centuries CE. It is covered by real gold.