Asia is famous for its unique and sacred temples and pagodas. Today, we will introduce to you the very unique ones of Asia. Ancient trees growing on the roof and letting go of roots embracing ancient temples and pagodas are a unique image that attracts visitors from all over the world.
1. Ta Prohm Temple (Cambodia)
Cambodia is not only famous for the image of a massive Angkor Wat but also has a mysterious Ta Prohm temple that attracts explorers from all over the world. Ta Prohm is located in the relic complex of Angkor Thom, where visitors can admire the image of a giant tree root, zigzagging “swallow” the temple below. This is considered a powerful symbol of nature.
Tree roots pierce through a crack in the wall or roof of the ancient tower creating a rare landscape. Ta Prohm was built in 1186. Jayavarman VII, king of the Khmer empire, expressed ambition for a large temple complex inside Angkor. The temple is located in the main archaeological park of UNESCO, 12.1 km from Siem Reap. From the center of Siem Reap, there are 2 main roads, Sivatha Avenue and Pokambor Road to reach this place.
2. Tan Dong Temple (Vietnam)
This over-100-years-old temple is located in the middle of a vast field, grass covers people’s feet in Go Cong Dong district, Tien Giang province. Although inside many damaged relics, the house still stands firm over the years thanks to the support of two linden trees growing on the roof. Tree roots reached out to cling to the wall and then plunged into the ground. The people here consider the temple as a treasure, a sacred place.
Now, the house has put on a new look after the restoration and repair. The wall is solidly reinforced, replaced by a wooden door, the space inside will be a place for local people to come to worship every holiday. Visitors can come here along Highway 50, then go to Mac Van Thanh Street, ask people about Tan Dong temple.
3. Wat Bang Kung (Thailand)
This is a mysterious destination that many tourists love to explore when visiting the land of golden temples. The temple is also hidden under the roots of ancient banyan trees throughout the centuries. It offers a seamless combination between natural beauty and architecture, and human cultural life. Roots pierced through windows, green foliage soaring on the roof creates an impressive space.
Wat Bang Kung is located in Samut Songkhram, built in the Ayutthaya period. This is one of the historical and cultural monuments carefully preserved by the local people.