20 Of The Most Exquisite Temples From Around The World

Golden Temple (India)

Located in Punjab, India, the Golden Temple, which is decorated in marble sculptures and gilded in gold, is one of the most sacred shrines of Sikhism. For Sikhs, the temple symbolizes infinite freedom and spiritual independence. Construction began in the 1500’s and the lake upon which it was built is believed to have been visited by Buddha.

Wat Rong Khun (Thailand)

This majestic, all-white temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand looks like something of another world. It’s gilded in mosaic mirrors, which reflect the sun and cause the “White Temple” to shimmer. Built in 1997, the temple is actually a privately owned art exhibit that was designed in the style of a Buddhist temple and still has many years of construction left before it’s completed.

Gawdawpalin Temple (Myanmar)

This striking Buddhist temple was built in the late 12th century, but was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1975 and had to be reconstructed after. The two-story temple is one of the largest temples in Bagan.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (India)

The Tirumala Temple, built in the 8th century, is the most famous vedic temple in Tirumala, India. With 30-40 million visitors annually, it is the richest temple in the world and the most visited place of worship.