Top Cultural Destinations For Americans In Asia
There is a great difference between the progressive western culture and the entrenched traditions of the eastern culture. When you travel eastwards from America, you come across an array of vivid cultures and traditions which are unique to the core.
One of the biggest continent, Asia, is a land with geographical diversity and a dramatic history. Thus, making it one of the most interesting and adventurous travel destination. Right from the picturesque tropical vistas of Southeast Asia to the dragon-land of China, each Asian country depicts its unique and indigenous culture.
Though it is impossible to list out just a few travel destinations, here is a list of top cultural landmarks one must not miss out on. So, if you’re charting your Asia travel plans, here are a few places you need to add to your list.
Taj Mahal, Agra
One of the 7 wonders of the world, India’s pride – Taj Mahal is a monument that epitomises love. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, for his wife Mumtaz in the year 1648 as a token of his eternal love, Taj Mahal is India’s most famous and historic monument.
In the words of famous poet – Sir Edwin Arnold Taj Mahal is “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” If you consider yourself a world traveler, a trip to India is recommended and a visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal is must. This monument reflects the best of Mughal architecture. Its mesmerizing domes and jewel etched wall carvings are truly a sight.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
The magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat were originally built in the first half of the 12th century. Known for its ancient temple complex, Angkor Wat is one of the most visited destination in Southeast Asia. An architectural masterpiece, Angkor Wat represents the history and culture of the Khmer Empire that reigned over Cambodia. It is said that Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world.
Angkor Wat is a must-visit sight for every traveler who is looking forward to become one with the soul. Siem Reap, a gateway to Angkor Wat is a small town in Cambodia. While visiting Angkor Wat, travelers have to stay at this little town and one can find numerous hotels for families in Siem Reap.
Museum of the Terracotta Army, China
Consisting of a humongous collection of terracotta warriors and horses, the Terracotta Army Museum is one of the most visited destination in China. About an hour’s drive from Xi’an, this museum houses one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world.
It is a collection of sculptures representing Qin Shi Huang’s army (the first emperor of the unified dynasty of Imperial China). Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this museum is a must-see for every traveler and explore the richness of the Chinese culture.
No trip to Asia is complete without witnessing a magical sunrise in Bagan. A small village in Myanmar, along the Irrawaddy River, Bagan is one the most visited historic sites and is a photographer’s paradise. It is home to more than 2,500 monuments including ancient temples and over 100 square kilometers of conservation area.
When in Bagan, a hot air balloon ride while watching the sun glide its way down the horizon is highly recommended! Famous for its rooftop views of endless temples and pagodas, Bagan has a little something for everyone. From romantic getaways to strenuous adventures, a trip to Bayan is a traveler’s delight.
All the four landmarks mentioned above are truly magnificent and larger than life. These mega structures will leave you awestruck, taking you back in time. Each monument represents the significant cultural peculiarity of these Asian countries. They reflect the beauty of an era bygone and give you glimpse in the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people who lived and reigned over these lands.
Amidst a thousand other reasons why you ought to embark upon a trip to Asia, a visit to these historic monuments is truly a must. Its grandeur and majesty is sight worth seeing. The experience you get while travelling to these countries is a memory to be cherished for a lifetime.