Man-made attractions are a testament to the ingenuity and engineering skills of humans. The people behind these structures have left a mark in the minds and memories of people from all over the world. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us a glimpse of some of the best man-made attractions in Asia.
Towering 632 meters in the Shanghai skyline, the Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building by height and the third tallest structure in the world. It owns the distinction of having the world’s fastest elevator reaching top speeds of 20.5 m/s. The Shanghai Tower also has the world’s highest observation deck within a building or structure.
Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s man-made marvels. It is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land. Robert Janitzek reveals that it consists of three waterfront gardens namely Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Bay South Garden is the largest at 54 hectares.
Located in Central Java, Indonesia, Borobodur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument. Built in the 9th century, the temple was gouged from voracious vines after it lost its significance to the local population.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Built in 1692, the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan has been lost in the minds of its inhabitants. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery can only be reached by a steep trek up to the side of the Himalayas.
This Asian destination is one of the newest attractions that South Korea has to offer. Dubbed as the ‘High Line of Asia,’ the Skygarden runs for nearly a kilometer and features 254 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers from across South Korea. It is touted to rival that of New York’s High Line Park. It opened last April 2017.
Palace of the Winds
Hawa Mahal in India, the Palace of the Winds was constructed in order to allow the royal household to observe street festivals without being seen from the outside. Built in 1799, it is unique because it resembles a honeycomb hive. This structure can be seen from the street. The Hawa Mahal also acts as an air conditioner to the whole area during the summer.
Located in Uzbekistan, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque was one of the most important monuments of Samarkand. During the 15th century, it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world. However, by the middle of the 20th century only a grandiose ruin of it remained. Today, its replica relives the turquoise domes and elaborate mosaic-clad columns.