Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

Also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion – for obvious reasons.  The present pavilion is a modern one, dating from the 1950s, after the previous structure was burned down by a crazed monk.  However, there has been a temple on the site since the 14th century AD.

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Prambanan, Indonesia

Prambanan temples, Indonesia

Prambanan is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South East Asia.  Built over a thousand years ago, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is located near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta.

Unfortunately a 2006 earthquake caused major damage to the site rendering much of it unstable and off-limit to visitors.