5 Astounding Religious Architectures You Should Know in Asia

Asian countries have a lot of mesmerizing architectures in a wide number of styles. One interesting architectural aspect we should get to know in the continent is its religious buildings. We have briefly discussed Turkey’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as well as Vietnam’s Marble Mountains and India’s Dilwara Temple, but apparently, there are more sacred buildings in Asia beyond these three buildings. Let’s check what else we have in store for you!

Pura Tanah Lot

pura tanah lot, bali, indonesia

Situated upon a rock offshore of Bali, Indonesia, Pura Tanah Lot is a part of a chain of seven sea temples developed along the southwestern coast. Although only Balinese can enter the temple, many tourists are interested to see the site from the outside. The temple is a place of worship to Balinese sea gods and serves as an important place of pilgrimage.


prambanan, yogyakarta, indonesia

Another sacred site that is located in Indonesia, Yogyakarta to be exact. This is the largest Hindu temple in the country consisted of more than 240 temples as part of the structure. Prambanan emphasizes its archetypal Hindu architecture with impressive details as seen from the reliefs. The central temple is dedicated to the ‘Trimurti’ or Hindu deities; Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.

Potala Palace

potala palace, china

Potala Palace comes with the White Palace and the Red Palace. The former is dedicated to living quarters of the Dalai Lama, while the latter serves for prayer and religious teaching of Tibetan Buddhism. With 13 stories and more than 1 thousand rooms, Potala Palace is such an impressive architecture in Xizang Zizhiqu China.

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun, thailand

Meaning ‘The White Temple’ in English, this religious building from Thailand combines art and religious aspect in one single building. This unusual and visual building is known for its reinterpretation of Buddhist teaching through modern references and figures.

Angkor Wat

angkor wat, cambodia

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is a network of more than 100 stone temples and is considered as the largest religious building in the world. Previously dedicated to a Hindu deity, Vishnu, the temple now becomes a Buddhist temple. Architecture wise, the building is more than a religious building, but also a creative and structural architecture design.