List Of 15 Mystical Places In Asia You Should Visit:
#1 Mount Kailash – Tibet
Mount Kailash is located in Burang County, in the far southwestern Tibet. The name derives from the word “kelāsa,” that means “crystal.”
Buddhists have named Mount Kailash Garu Rimpoche, meaning “precious jewel of snow” and a gigantic mandala. Also, Hindus pay reverence to Mount Kailash as a throne of Lord Shiva (often called the Lord of Destruction) and the ultimate pilgrimage site on Earth.
Some believe that Mount Kailash is the Axis Mundi aka the world axis, cosmic axis, the center of the world, world pillar, or the world tree.
#2 Taktsang Palphug Monastery – Bhutan
Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery, a remarkable Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex.
It is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan, in a dramatic setting, precariously perched on a high cliff at about 3,000 feet (about 914 meters) above Paro valley, and 10,240 feet (about 3121 meters) above the sea level.
Legend says that Guru Rinpoche—also known as Guru Padmasambhava—arrived in Bhutan by flying on the back of a tigress. He visited several caves and cliff sides in order to meditate and subdue local demons.
#3 Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Angkor Wat, meaning “City of Temples,” spreads across over 248 square miles (400 square kilometers). It is said to be the largest religious monument in the world. In 1992, the Angkor ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage.
Although it was originally built for Hindu followers, the temple’s religious practices shifted to Buddhism short after its construction, in the late 12th century.
#4 Batu Caves – Selangor, Malaysia
Batu Caves is a limestone hill in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia which has a series of cave temples and caves. Some claims date the limestone as hundreds of millions of years old.
The cave is the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Also, the cave is dedicated to Lord Murugan (the Hindu god of war) and is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India.
#5 Mustang Caves – Nepal
Mustang Caves of Nepal represent a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang District of Nepal.
In 2007, an archaeologist discovered a collection of 8,000 documents in Mustang’s caves. Most pages date to the 15th century and cover topics ranging from Tibetan Buddhist doctrine to legal matters.
In 2010, a team of archaeologists and mountaineers uncovered 27 human remains in 2 biggest caves near Samdzong. The skeletons, dating from the third to the eighth centuries, had cut marks on the bones.
#6 Fengdu (Ghost City) – China
Fengdu Ghost City is a large complex of temples, shrines, and monasteries located on the Ming mountain, in Fengdu County, China, that are dedicated to the afterlife.
It attracts tourists from all over the world and many visitors are from within China as it is the place to learn about Chinese ghost culture and the afterlife.
#7 Tianmen Mountain, China
Tianmen Mountain, located in central China’s Hunan Province, has been called “one of the most beautiful mountains in the world” by many tourists who have been there. A myth states that Tianmen Mountain was once home to Unicorns.
In addition, a large temple is located on the summit with footpath or chairlift access.
#8 Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China
Occupying an area of 3,529,412 square yards (about 2,700,000 square meters), the Temple of Heaven is approximately four times larger than the Forbidden City.
It is built for prayers to reach Heaven and its architecture has amazing details.
#9 Crystal Mosque – Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
The mosque took about 2 years to be built, from 2006 until 2008, and was only opened to the public on February 8, 2008, by the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.
Its modern and sleek look reflects off the water and the mosque is commonly illuminated from the inside, that makes its glass domes shine.
#10 The Leshan Giant Buddha – Leshan, China
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 feet) tall stone statue, that was built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya – a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology.
In 1996, the remarkable Leshan Giant Buddha was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Mount Emei.
#11 Bodhi Tree – India
The Bodhi Tree, also known as the Bo Tree, is a direct descendent of the tree under which Shakyamuni Gautama attained enlightenment.
In the present day, this tree is a frequent place for pilgrims to visit, being the most important of the four holy sites for Buddhist practitioners.
#12 Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar
The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda and the Great Dagon Pagoda, is a gilded stupa which is located in Yangon, Myanmar. Locally known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, the Golden Pagoda sits atop of a hill and is 99 meters high.
#13 Kota Kinabalu City Mosque – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the 2nd main mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The mosque was built in 2000, and it can hold 12,000 worshippers at once.
#14 Phraya Nakhon Cave – Thailand
Phraya Nakhon Cave is located in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
The Kuha Karuhas pavilion, inside the cave, was built by King Chulalongkorn in 1890, when he visited the place and fell in love with its amazing beauty.
#15 Phnom Kulen – Cambodia
Sitting about 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) from Siem Reap town, Phnom Kulen (meaning “Mountain of Lychees”) is considered Cambodia’s most sacred mountain.
Phnom Kulen is a mountain range and a part of Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It has a big symbolic importance for Cambodia as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire.