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Asia's Greatest Ruins - The World's Greatest Attractions

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Published on Jan 21, 2011

Take a tour of Asia's Greatest Ruins -- part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

I'd like to show you Asia's Greatest Ruins:

Angkor Wat, in Cambodia is the primary temple complex in the ruins of the world's largest pre-industrial city. Dating to the 12th century, this enchanting site has been bedecked with ancient statues and stone structures. Buddhist statues are found in abundance owing to Theravada Buddhism; the dominant religion since here the 13th century.

The Great Wall of China is an enduring symbol of strength and a wonder of the world. Erected on the orders of China's first emperor, the oldest part of the site dates to approximately 2500 years ago. Spanning over miles of Chinese hills, it is arguably the most recognized international symbol of the country, visible even from space.

The capital of one of Thailand's central provinces, Ayutthaya, is believed to have been founded in the mid 14th century. Having prospered magnificently until the 18th century, it was one of the most affluent and productive cities in all of Asia. Thai Ayutthaya Style Art is reflected in the architecture of the city with excellent craftsmanship and artistry which can be seen in the ruins even today.

An enormous army of over 8,000 warriors, 100 chariots, 500 horses and 100 cavalry horses can be found in the Shaanxi province of China. These are the Terracotta Warriors, which according to archaeologists were sculpted around the 3th century BC. Forming only a part of an enormous grave complex the site is still under excavation with some areas open to the public.

The largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur Temple, is an enormous complex covered with religious reliefs and statues. Built in the 8th and 9th century A.D, the structure was constructed in the pattern of a mandala. Adorning it are various symbols of the nature of the mind and of the universe, which echo some of the core concepts of Buddhism.

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