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7 Most Historic Places In Asia To Visit In 2020

For history buffs, there’s really no other continent in the world like Asia. The entire continent is full of rich cultural delights and insights into ancient traditions, centuries-old dynasties, and some of the most awe-inspiring monuments in the world.

From the Great Wall of China all the way over to the Taj Mahal, Asia is brimming with stunning historical landmarks that act as an intriguing insight into what each respective country has been through over the past few thousand years.

However, we’re looking to take you on a journey to the lesser-known historic places in Asia. You know, the ones that aren’t packed with tourists. Forget about the Taj Mahal (actually, don’t, you should still definitely visit it) and consider planning a trip to one of the top historic places to visit in Asia in 2020.

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1. Tiger’s Nest Temple – Bhutan

1,300 years ago, a guru by the name of Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Legend says that, upon finding the perfect cave, he meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to cleanse the space of the current Tiger’s Nest Temple. 

Today, it’s one of the most historic places in Asia, and because there are virtually no tourists in Bhutan, you’ll have the place nearly all to yourself.

2. Plain of Jars – Laos

Europe has Stonehenge and America has unexplainable crop fields. Asia’s claim to fame in terms of mysterious landmarks is the Plain of Jars in Laos. You’ll find this unexplainable archaeological site on the Xieng Khouang Plateau where you can see stone urns up to three metres tall.

If you’re super into historic places, then this is the place for you as it provides insight into prehistoric Southeast Asian culture. Historians believe that the urns were used for some prehistoric burial practices.

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3. Rice Terraces of Banaue – Phillippines

Skip the tourist-filled rice terraces of Bali and head straight for the Phillippines, one of Asia’s hottest travel destinations for 2020. The handmade rice terraces in the tiny town of Banaue are truly impressive.

Radiating rich green colours, it’s no wonder that this place was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can look at pictures all you want but you’ll only truly get to experience the rich beauty of these rice fields in person.

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4. Ayutthaya – Thailand

If you’re looking for historical landmarks, then you’ll find that nearly every town in Thailand has something to offer you. However, tucked away just north of Bangkok is where you’ll find one of the richest cultural sites in the country.

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and went on to serve as the richest trading centre in Asia throughout the 16th century. Monasteries, pagodas, and the remains of temples are scattered throughout the town now, a rich reminder of what once was.

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5. The Harmandir Sahib – India 

The Harmandir Sahib is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and stands magnificently on the riverbanks of Punjab, India. The temple was completed in 1589 and is one of the most spiritual places in all of Asia. They even encourage visitors to participate in daily spiritual activities.

Not only does the Golden Temple make for an intriguing cultural visit, but it’s architecturally impressive as well. It gets its name from the fact that the entire upper half is inlaid with copper covered in real gold.

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6. Angkor Wat – Cambodia

As one of the most famous sites in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is usually at the top of any backpacker’s bucket list. As a defining feature of Cambodian culture, Angkor Wat is the ideal historical landmark for those wishing to learn more about Khmer architecture.

Angkor Wat is actually fairly spacious. This means that if you’re not trying to snap a shot of the sunrise, you shouldn’t feel too crowded.

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7. Temples of Ancient Bagan – Myanmar

Despite being a fairly touristy history place in Asia, you simply can’t pass up the opportunity to visit the temples of ancient Bagan. From the 9th to 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of Pagan Kingdom. The ornate temples are expressive of that rich cultural history.

Head here early to snap a photo of the sunrise. Then, watch the hot air balloons begin to dot the skyline. You might have to fight other tourists for the perfect, clean shot, but it’s well worth the trouble.

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Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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