Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The Strangest Places of Worship

16 Nov 2018 Sanctum Bristol

People from all around the World, in the past, spent a lot of time worshiping gods. Today, things are not much changed especially in the parts of the World where some of the most imposing temples exist. A lot of these temples today are turned into tourist attractions and some are still only used for praying. Southern Asia is the region of the World where people still maintain their religious beliefs on a level it was hundreds of years ago.

Here’s a list of temples that some of the most amazing and which people still visit to pay tribute to their gods.

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

This temple is one of the most extraordinary in the world by its looks. Made in silver white color it looks simply gracious. However, the owner and designer, Chalermchai, say that the temple is not yet finished and it will take around 90 more years for this task. It was opened in 1997 for visitors and it is a Buddhist temple.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

Shwegadon literally means golden while pagoda means temple. So the name of this place is Golden Temple. The name couldn’t be more appropriate. The whole place is covered in gold, and believers still go inside and place golden leaves on the walls to contribute. It was build somewhere around 2500BC which makes it a true legend.

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

If you want to learn about Buddhism and the teaching of Buddha, but you don’t like classic textbooks, this is the place for you. The whole temple has 504 statues of Buddha and over 2 miles of hallways and chambers you can learn all about Buddha’s teachings. The interesting part is that the temple was completely abandoned more than 100 years ago and no one exactly knows why.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The largest temple in the world is the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Each year millions of tourists come to visit this temple as it is a true world historic legacy. It’s almost impossible to visit every part of it in one visit. One reason is the size of the temple, and another is the weather condition that’s often not in favor of tourists and worshipers.

What to do and how to spend the most quality time in these temples?

All these temples we mentioned as part of the most amazing temples in the world are located near the Equator and the weather can often be very heavy and hard for tourists and worshipers. Near the equator, all year round the weather is hot and most of the time is very humid.

This makes breathing very heavy and people tend to get tired very fast. That’s why you need to take some precautions to help yourself during the visit to these places. The first thing that’s probably most important is to drink a lot of water. Humid weather makes you sweat and get dehydrated. That’s why you need to hydrate regularly. Another thing that’s also important is to wear light clothes. You need to let your body breathe but remember that you’re visiting religious monuments and places where people go to worship. Be careful not insult anyone by getting to undressed. Some temples have a strict policy of dressing, so if you need to wear long pants that will cover even your ankles, make sure they are made of cotton and other materials that will prevent overheating of your organism.

Another thing that can really help in the battle with humidity is the dehumidifier. This is a job for the people running and maintaining the temples. An ordinary dehumidifier in some of the most frequent areas can help people catch a breath and get some rest. For worshipers and people that spend a lot of time praying or meditating in these temples, a dehumidifier can be a true lifesaver.

A lot of people feel unworthy and can’t spend enough time meditating just because the humidity is unbearable. There are lots of cases in which people’s devotion cost them their lives, so a simple apparatus like a dehumidifier can really get the things going in the right direction.

Conclusion

Some of the strangest places to worship are also some of the most popular places. Millions of people visit them and testify for the wild past and the glorious days these temples have seen over the years or the originality and high consciousness for spirituality. People feel like a part of a different world in these temples. If only we could have them closer to us and be able to spend more time inside them, that would be great. However, if you have a chance for visiting them, don’t miss it. Just, as we said, be prepared for the harsh weather conditions.

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