In pictures: Asia’s most ancient structures

YOU won’t travel far in Asia without bumping into a crumbling ruin, temple, city or landmark built by a civilization that no longer exists. While many of these have been abandoned and are in want of some repair, with nature at times already taking over, some have been restored to something of their former glory. From the regal grandeur of Cambodia’s Angkor temples and the ancient cities of Sri Lanka to China’s terracotta warriors or India’s Taj Mahal, these sights hold incredible religious and cultural value.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma (6-10th Century). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

A man contemplates the Golden Temple at sunset (16th Century), India. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Taj Mahal, India (17th Century). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Art work in the ancient city of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka (c. 477 – 495 AD). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Bagan temple zone, Burma (11-13th Century). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Takstang monastery, Bhutan (17th Century). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet (original in 637 AD and reconstructed in the 17th Century). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

 

Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an, China (210–209 BC). Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Laos, 500 BC – 500 AD. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

My Son, Vietnam, 7-13th Century.  Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

This is by no means a definitive list, so feel free to add more in the comments below.

All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com