10 Famous Buddhist Temples Around the World: Part 2

5) Boudhanath: Located within Kathmandu Nepal, Boudhanath boasts on of the largest stupas in the world.  Kathmandu is the most prominent city within Buddhist Nepal and this temple is often visited regularly by the devout.  The Boudhanath temple is best known for the Buddha eyes located on each side of the temple.

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Boudhanath Temple, Nepal

4) Mahabodhi Temple: Translated to mean the Great Enlightement, the Mahabodhi is a large Buddhist temple located in India.  It is said that a portion of the temple holds a related tree to the original tree sat under by Siddhartha Gautama during his enlightenment.  For this reason the Mahabodhi temple is thought to be one of the most sacred sites within the Buddhist religion.  The current temple still stands from the 5th century.

3) Shwedagon Pagoda: Named the Golden Shrine, the Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred shrines in Burma.  What makes this temple so striking is the 326 feet high main stupa which is entirely covered in gold.

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Shwedagon Pagoda Temple, Burma

2) Bagan: This sacred site is not simply known for just one temple, but its collection of many pagodas, stupas, and ancient ruins.  At its peak it was a center for Buddhist teaching and scholarship.

1) Borobudur:  Borobudur is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple in the entire world.  It took almost a hundred years to completed during the 8th and 9th centuries   After being abandoned in the 14th century it lay hidden underneath a great layer of volcanic ash for hundreds of years.

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Borobudur Temple

10 Famous Buddhist Temples Around the World: Part 1

If you are a wandering soul with a deep inclination towards travel, there are many very beautiful Buddhist temples throughout the world worth seeing in person.  These beautiful sites often include gorgeous statuary of the Buddha.  Although few original temples still stand from the date of construction, many still hold very ancient roots from rebuilding.  Here are 5 renowned Buddhist sites located about the world.

10) Haeinsa Temple: known as the ‘Temple of Reflection upon a Smooth Sea’.  This Buddhist temple located in South Korea is was first built in 1802.  Although a fire devastated most of the temple and its artifacts, a complete copy of Buddhist scriptures written upon 81,258 woodblocks was one of the few items to survive.  The temple was rebuilt to its former glory in the latter half of the 1800’s.

Haeinsa Temple in Korea

9) Wat Arun: the Temple of Dawn.  Wat Arun, located in Bangkok Thailand is an architectural masterpiece modeled after Mount Meru, the center of Buddhist cosmology.  It is one of the oldest landmarks standing in Bangkok.

8) Pha That Luang: the Great Stupa in Laos.  One of the most prominent landmarks in Laos, the tiered temple boosts several terraces, each representing a stage in the process of enlightenment.  Destroyed in 1828 it was later rebuilt by the French in 1931.

Pha That Luang in Laos

7) Jokhang:  Although not quite as extravagant as say Pha That Luang in Laos, Jokhang Temple in the holy city of Lhasa is one of the most important sites for Tibetan Buddhists.  Thousands flock in religious pilgrimage to the temple each year.  The temple was first constructed in the 6th century.  Although the Mongols sacked the temple on countless occasions, by way of miracle it still stands.

Jokhang Temple in Tibet

6) Todaiji:  the Great Eastern Temple.  Todaiji is one of the most famous Buddhist temples located in Japan.  Built in the 7th century by the emperor it was proclaimed to be the head Buddhist temple in all of Japan.  Few of the original buildings still stand although the Great Hall dates back to 1709 when it was rebuilt.

If travel is not in your near feature, you can bring home your very own handcrafted Buddha statute made by local artisans throughout Asia.  View all Buddha statues from Lotus Sculpture.