Asia is the largest continent on earth, in both area and population. Asia has a population of over 4 billion people and covers about 30 percent of Earth’s total land area ( about 49.7 million sq km or 19,189,277 sq mi).
The countries in Asia include China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines and Malaysia, just to name a few.
Asia, being the largest and most populous continent in the world would naturally have a lot to offer in terms of culture, attractions, places to go and things to see.
Here are our picks for the top 10 attractions and must-see places in Asia:
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair and other relics.
The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. It is also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world. It is the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city.
Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) is the largest stupa in Nepal and is regarded as the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of Kyoto’s leading temples and one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors every year.
Swayambunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) is Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist shrine. It is located atop a hill on the western edge of the Kathmandu city.
5. Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. At 88-storeys tall they still the world’s tallest twin structures.
6. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia. It is the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares. Angkor Wat is stunning for both its incredible detail and its grand scale.
7. Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and Gu Gong in Chinese, was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (1420 to 1912). It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum.
8. Grand Palace
If there is one must-see attraction that you must visit before leaving Bangkok, Thailand it would be the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace. This is undoubtedly Bangkok’s most famous landmark. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok.
The Grand Palace was built in 1782, and for 150 years it was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
9. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, India is one of the wonders of the world. The ivory-white marble mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
10. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. The Great Wall is the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture.
The Great Wall is more than 2,300 years old and has an official length of 21,196.18 km. It has a stunning array of scenery from the beaches of Qinhuangdao, to rugged mountains around Beijing, to a desert corridor between tall mountain ranges at Jiayu Pass.