In Asia we have a wide and varied offer to know some of the architectural gems – monuments, temples or palaces – that UNESCO has recognized as a World Heritage Site. The medieval Japan of Nara, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the first kingdom of Siam in Thailand and so on, here we listed the top heritage site in Asia
Nara, medieval Japan
It is one of the main tourist destinations in Japan. Located to the south of the main island of the archipelago, Nara was the capital of the kingdom in the VIII century (710 – 784). It has conserved an important set of monuments cataloged like Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO. We will find Buddhist temples, such as the Todaiji, with its great Buddha and Shinto shrines, or scenarios such as the more than 3,000 stone lanterns that adorn the access road to Kasuga Taisha. You can also visit the remains of its imperial palace, Heijokyu, built in the likeness of the Forbidden City of Beijing.
Xian, a must see for his famous warriors
The city of Xian is the capital of the Chinese province of Shaanxi and was one of the most important cities of the Silk Road, but is known worldwide because its outskirts is one of the most famous archaeological sites: the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, founder of the Qin dynasty. It was discovered in 1974 by chance. All the figures have different features and characteristics. UNESCO declared the mausoleum a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Angkor, trip to the heart of Cambodia
The jungles of Cambodia have kept and preserved for centuries one of the most spectacular archaeological treasures in the world, Angkor, the remains of the Khmer civilization. Built between the ninth and fifteenth centuries, the complex extends over more than 400 km² where the Hindu and Buddhist temples are situated. The oldest temple is the Preah Ko and the best known is Angkor Wat, whose characteristic silhouette has become a symbol of Cambodia and of which its valuable bas-reliefs stand out. Under the influence of Buddhism emerged Angkor Thom, with his temple, the Bayon, and Ta Prohm. In Angkor, the jungle has become part of the architecture, often creating a new landscape. UNESCO declared Angkor a World Heritage Site in 1987.