Celebrate the life of Buddha at these stunning temples in Asia; Lainey Loh; Travel Wire Asia

Laos – Town of Luang Prabang

EVERY YEAR, thousands of Buddhist devotees travel to some of the most stunning sacred sites to meditate and pray in conjunction with Wesak (or Vesak).

Thousands of others, albeit non-religious, flock to the same destinations to marvel at the beauty of the place of worship. And they are truly sights to behold.

For the uninitiated, Wesak is a festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death of Gautama Buddha. For Buddhists, it is the holiest day of the year.

It is traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia and the Philippines.

In China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, it is simply known as “Buddha’s Birthday”.

Sometimes, different countries celebrate Wesak on different dates.

For example, this year, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia will observe it on May 29, while South Korea has celebrated it on May 3.

Whether you’re a devout Buddhist or a curious traveler, here are some of the most majestic spiritual places in Asia.

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