5 Most famous Hindu Temples in South East Asia


Hinduism is not just part of India, It spread into many neighboring countries over the period of time. Here we profile five of the most famous Hindu temples in South East Asia outside India.


Angkor Wat before sunset, Cambodia.

The meaning of “Angkor Wat” is the capital temple. It was built in the early 12th century in Cambodia by the King Suryavarman II of Khmer kingdom and it took 27 years to complete the construction. It was earlier called “Varah Vishnu-lok”. This Hindu temple was initially dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Starting in the 14th century, it started hosting Buddhist cultures too. Angkor Wat contains two plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple. It is built in such a way to represent Mount Meru, home of ‘devas’ in the Hindu mythology.

Read more about it here: http://www.newsgram.com/angkor-wat-history-behind-cambodian-hindu-temple/




The Prambanan temple, situated in Central Java, Indonesia is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and was built in 850 CE. It is also one of the biggest hindu temples in Southeast Asia.

The temple is composed of 8 main shrines called ‘gopuras’ towering 47-metre-high (154 ft). They are further surrounded by 250 smaller gopuras. The walls of the temple are covered with beautiful hand carved art and all the carvings narrate stories of incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the Ramayana, adventures of Lord Hanuman and other Hindu legends. This temple attracts many visitors from across the world.

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