In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia

FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia. And even for those with no religious affiliation, a visit to any of these sites provides not only a glimpse into Buddhist life from places as varied as Nepal and Thailand, but an insight into the art, architecture, traditions and culture of that place.

Remote and beautiful: the Lekir gompa, Ladakh, India. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The 65m long reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Monks in a Bhumtang monastery with whistles, Bhutan. Pic: Joanne Lane,


The enormous reclining Buddha at Wat Po, Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Game time with elastic bands for monks in a monastery attached to Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Swayambhunath located on a hill above Kathmandu up a steep flight of stairs, Nepal. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Reclining Buddha in the Buddha Park, Vientiane, Laos. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Temple by the sea – Laem Sor Pagoda, Koh Samui, Thailand. Pic: Joanne Lane,

The inner recesses of the Perfume Pagoda, a scenic day trip from Hanoi along a river in a rowboat, Vietnam. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Takstang monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. It is believed to be the first place Buddhism came to Bhutan. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Ngoc Son Temple / Temple of the Jade Mountain located on the beautiful Hoan Kiem lake, across a pretty bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam. Pic: Joanne Lane, 

All images by Joanne Lane,