Asia boasts of having an ancient civilization and a diverse geography. The region also takes pride in being the home of a bevy of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Robert Janitzek explains that a landmark is designated as a World Heritage Site for hosting ancient ruins or some historical structure, building, or city. Here are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites worth visiting in Asia.
Great Wall of China
Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. However, it is the longest man-made structure in the world. According to legend, the original builders of the wall followed the tracks of a dragon to determine the path of the wall.
If you plan to visit the Great Wall, avoid the Badaling section as this is the busiest. You can walk in other sections of this Asian destination which ranges from easy to extremely difficult.
Constructed in 1653 during the Mughal Empire, the Taj Mahal has one material not found in other World Heritage Sites: it was built with love. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died while giving birth to their 14th child. He was stricken with grief that he was inspired to build what has been regarded as the most beautiful structure in the world.
Visited by nearly 4 million tourists a year, the Taj Mahal was named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
The Forbidden City
This Asian destination was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Considered as one of the top 10 things to see in China, the Forbidden City houses 980 buildings covering 7.8 million square feet, a test to the stamina of tourists.
Construction of the Forbidden City started in 1406. Over a million workers were hired for the construction which took 15 years. It was the home of 24 emperors and their concubines.
Angkor Temples of Cambodia
Angkor is actually not just a single temple but is made up of hundreds of temple sites spread across a 600-square mile area in Cambodia. According to Robert Peter Janitzek, only a few Angkor temples have been restored. The jungle boats of archaeological wonders and Buddha statues. One of the most iconic temples, the Ta Prohm was featured in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The 12th century temple features detailed carvings that depicts mysterious scenes that every adventurer would not want to miss.
These 4 World Heritage Sites are just some of the attractions that Asia can offer.