10 Most Amazing Temples in the World
 
<ul><li>Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched precariously on the edge of a 3,000-feet-high cliff in Paro Valley, is one of the ...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Image:  [Picasaweb]   </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Image: Douglas J. McLaughlin [ wikipedia ]   </li></ul>
Image : [Picasaweb]
<ul><li>Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand is unlike any Buddhist temples in the world. The all-white, highly ornate st...
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple.  Image: [Picasaweb]
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple.  Image: [Picasaweb]
Buddha sculpture, gilded with mosaic mirrors. Image:  majorbonnet  [Flickr]
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple.  Image: [Picasaweb]
The hands of hell want your change. Image:  pim  [Flickr]
Image : [Picasaweb]
Image : [Picasaweb]
<ul><li>Prambanan is a Hindu temple in  Central Java, Indonesia . The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 mai...
Six of Prambanan’s eight main shrines. Image:  kashikar  [Flickr]
3.Prambanan Prambanan’s main complex. Image:  Rosino  [Flickr]
Six of Prambanan’s eight main shrines. Image:  [Picasaweb]
3.Prambanan <ul><li>Prambanan at night. Image:  Tierecke  [Flickr]  </li></ul>Prambanan-INDONESIA
<ul><li>Bas-Relief at Prambanan. Image:  Jungle_Boy  [Flickr]  </li></ul>
Prambanan - temple stone clusters.  Image: [Picasaweb]
<ul><li>No one knows exactly when the  Shwedagon Paya  [wiki] (or Pagoda) in  Myanmar  was built - legend has it that it i...
Shwedagon Pagoda and its golden stupa. Image:  Dust Mason   [Flickr]
Image:  hmhines  [Picasaweb]  Ceiling of the   Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
4.Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda at night. Image:  M.Bob  [Flickr]
Image:  hmhines  [Picasaweb]  Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
Image:  hmhines  [Picasaweb]  Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
Image:  hmhines  [Picasaweb]  Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
Image : cathy.singer[Picasaweb] Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
<ul><li>The Temple of Heaven  [wiki] is a Taoist temple in Beijing, the capital of China. The temple was constructed in 14...
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing. Image:[Picasaweb]
Close up of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Temple of Heaven. Image:[Picasaweb]
Details of the roof of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Image:  werklife  [Flickr]
Ceiling of the Imperial Vault, Temple of Heaven. Image:  Carol^-^  [Flickr]
 
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  1. 1. 10 Most Amazing Temples in the World
  2. 3. <ul><li>Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched precariously on the edge of a 3,000-feet-high cliff in Paro Valley, is one of the holiest places in Bhutan . Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche [wiki], the second Buddha, flew onto the cliff on the back of a tigress, and then meditated in a cave which now exists within the monastery walls </li></ul><ul><li>The monastery, formally called Taktshang Goemba, was built in 1692 and reconstructed in 1998 after a fire. Now, the monastery is restricted to practicing Buddhists on religious retreats and is off-limits to ordinary tourists. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><ul><ul><li>Image: [Picasaweb] </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Image: Douglas J. McLaughlin [ wikipedia ] </li></ul>
  5. 6. Image : [Picasaweb]
  6. 7. <ul><li>Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand is unlike any Buddhist temples in the world. The all-white, highly ornate structure gilded in mosaic mirrors that seem to shine magically, is done in a distinctly contemporary style. It is the brainchild of renowned Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. </li></ul><ul><li>Actually, the temple is still under construction. Chalermchai expects it will take another 90 years to complete, making it the Buddhist temple equivalent of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain! </li></ul>
  7. 8. Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple. Image: [Picasaweb]
  8. 9. Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple. Image: [Picasaweb]
  9. 10. Buddha sculpture, gilded with mosaic mirrors. Image: majorbonnet [Flickr]
  10. 11. Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple. Image: [Picasaweb]
  11. 12. The hands of hell want your change. Image: pim [Flickr]
  12. 13. Image : [Picasaweb]
  13. 14. Image : [Picasaweb]
  14. 15. <ul><li>Prambanan is a Hindu temple in Central Java, Indonesia . The temple was built in 850 CE, and is composed of 8 main shrines and 250 surrounding smaller ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly all the walls of the temple are covered in exquisite bas relief carvings, which narrate stories of Vishnu’s incarnations, adventures of Hanuman the Monkey King, the Ramayana [wiki] epic and other legends. </li></ul><ul><li>Though not the biggest temple in Indonesia (Borobudur is larger - see below), Prambanan makes up in beauty and grace for what it lacks in size. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Six of Prambanan’s eight main shrines. Image: kashikar [Flickr]
  16. 17. 3.Prambanan Prambanan’s main complex. Image: Rosino [Flickr]
  17. 18. Six of Prambanan’s eight main shrines. Image: [Picasaweb]
  18. 19. 3.Prambanan <ul><li>Prambanan at night. Image: Tierecke [Flickr] </li></ul>Prambanan-INDONESIA
  19. 20. <ul><li>Bas-Relief at Prambanan. Image: Jungle_Boy [Flickr] </li></ul>
  20. 21. Prambanan - temple stone clusters. Image: [Picasaweb]
  21. 22. <ul><li>No one knows exactly when the Shwedagon Paya [wiki] (or Pagoda) in Myanmar was built - legend has it that it is 2,500 years old though archaeologists estimate that it was built between the 6th and 10th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, when people say &quot;golden temple&quot; they usually mean that the structure is golden in color. But when it comes to the Shwedagon Pagoda, golden literally means covered in gold! In the 15th century, a queen of the Mon people donated her weight in gold to the temple. This tradition continues until today, where pilgrims often save for years to buy small packets of gold leafs to stick to the temple walls. </li></ul><ul><li>As if all that gold wasn’t enough, the spire of the stupa or dome is covered with over 5,000 diamonds and 2,000 rubies (there’s even a 76 carat diamond at the very tip!). And oh, the temple housed one of the holiest relics in Buddhism: eight strands of Buddha’s hair. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Shwedagon Pagoda and its golden stupa. Image: Dust Mason [Flickr]
  23. 24. Image: hmhines [Picasaweb] Ceiling of the Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
  24. 25. 4.Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda at night. Image: M.Bob [Flickr]
  25. 26. Image: hmhines [Picasaweb] Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
  26. 27. Image: hmhines [Picasaweb] Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
  27. 28. Image: hmhines [Picasaweb] Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
  28. 29. Image : cathy.singer[Picasaweb] Shwedagon Pagoda-MYANMAR
  29. 30. <ul><li>The Temple of Heaven [wiki] is a Taoist temple in Beijing, the capital of China. The temple was constructed in 14th century by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (who also built the Forbidden City) as his personal temple, where he would pray for good harvest and to atone for the sins of his people. </li></ul><ul><li>The Temple’s architecture is quite interesting: everything in the temple, which represents Heaven, is circular whereas the ground levels, which represent the Earth, are square. </li></ul>
  30. 31. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing. Image:[Picasaweb]
  31. 32. Close up of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Temple of Heaven. Image:[Picasaweb]
  32. 33. Details of the roof of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Image: werklife [Flickr]
  33. 34. Ceiling of the Imperial Vault, Temple of Heaven. Image: Carol^-^ [Flickr]

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