Asia is the most diverse continent on the planet, home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world and hence, lots and lots of amazing places representative of both history and modernity.
We’ve put together a list of 5 places in Asia you should go visit ASAP.
Kyoto used to be the capital city of Japan for more than one thousand years. Today, it is a prime example of tradition colliding with the modern world. The city holds exceptional historical value with the existence of numerous shrines, temples, gardens and imperial palaces there. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining and geisha.
Fushimi Inari shrine, Ryoanji temple (famous for its Zen rock garden), Philosopher’s Walk (cherry trees lined mile-long pathway), Golden Pavilion and the Kyoto International Manga Museum are some of the absolute must-see places in Kyoto you just cannot miss.
Jeju Island, South Korea
Jeju is full of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is famous for its beautiful resorts, coastlines dotted with waterfalls and the longest lava tube in the world. You can hike up the dormant volcano Hallasan, stroll the Olle walking trails and visit the 7 Nymphs Bridge. There is even a Jeju Folk Village Museum to see. If that’s not all, you can kick back and relax at Jeju Waterworld.
Capital of the most populous country in the world, Beijing used to be the seat of Ming and Qing dynasty. It is the political, educational and cultural center of the country. Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, and Temple of Heaven Park are some of the sites no trip to Beijing can be complete without.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Karnataka, India. Undulating terrain, giant boulders and unearthly landscapes are hallmarks of this magnificent place. Hampi-Vijayanagar was India’s richest city in the medieval era. It is an important religious centre where you can find marvels of Hindu temple architecture. Nandi statue, Achyutaraya temple, Virupaksha temple and Vittala temple are some of the important sites in this place.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. You can find beautiful sandy beaches, a world-class nightlife, UNESCO recognized architecture and a pulsating cultural scene. For art and history lovers, Tel Aviv offers many museums. You can hike the Israel national Trail, visit the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, Ben-Gurion House, stopover at the ancient port of Jaffa, drive through Ramat Gan Safari or relax at the Meir Park.