Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Today, she's traveling through Asia to get a glimpse of their beautiful landmarks and we're traveling with her! From the Taj Mahal to the Burj Khalifa, can you identify these Asian landmarks from a picture?
If you look all over the Asian continent, one would find tons and tons of landmarks to visit. While some of them would be relatively new, there are many that have been around for centuries. Do you know them?
One of the oldest Asian landmarks is Petra. Found in Jordan, Petra is an ancient city that you've might've caught glimpses of in films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and The Mummy Returns. While this landmark serves as the backdrop for many films, there are tons of others that deserve the recognition.
Who could forget the Great Wall of China, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World? At over 10,000 feet long, it is one of the most well-known Asian landmarks. There's also the Taj Mahal in the neighboring country of India. This landmark is a mausoleum that was built by an emperor for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Around the continent, you'd also find the Burj Khalifa and Angkor Wat. With all these popular Asian landmarks, could you name them from a picture?
Let's find out if your score will leave you standing as tall as the Burj Khalifa!
It is a mausoleum that is the home of Shah Jahan’s dead wife’s tomb-Mumtaz Mahal. This ivory masterpiece, located in India on the bank of the Yumana River, also contains several rooms, including a guesthouse, a mosque and the burial grounds of Taj and his wife.
Angkor Thom means ‘great city’ and refers to the capital city that was active during the Khmer Hindu- Buddhist empire in the eleventh century. It housed many high-ranking members, such as priests and kings and contained many temples and administrative buildings.
This is a statue of Amida Buddha who was the supreme Buddhist in Eastern Asia Buddhism. The once gold statue was situated inside the Kotokuin temple in Kamakura City, until a 1942 tsunami destroyed its housing. It now stands on the grounds.
This Kyoto temple located in Eastern Japan was established in 778 and is known for the picturesque view seen from its huge 42-feet high veranda and the 139 trees that surrounded it. Kiyomizu means ‘Pure Water Temple’ and refers to the mystical Otowa Waterfall streaming under the veranda. Residents believe it has the power to heal people and to transform lives.
Burji Al Arab is situated on an artificial island 280 meters from sea and it is the third tallest hotel worldwide, standing at a height of 210 meters. It has been referred to “The World’s Only 7-Star Hotel’ no doubt due to its impressive features, such as its gold staircases and the luxurious suites that can be rented for $24,000 per night.
This masterpiece was completed in 2012 after four years and was constructed by the Japanese firm, Nikken Sekkei. It has a base structure similar to a tripod, is earthquake proof and can accommodate up to 2,000 people that come by to visit the restaurant and café or simply enjoy the scenic view.
Also known as Wat Arun, this beautiful temple was erected more than 300 years ago, but the central prang and the four surrounding towers weren't developed until the 19th century. It is the feature of many legends and was named after the Indian God of Dawn called Aruna, hence the name Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). The central and tallest prang is almost 80 meters in height and illustrates the legendary center of the universe- Mount Meru.
The Palace of Natural Arts, as it is commonly called, is a multi-colored limestone cave in Guilin, China and has attracted countless visitors for thousands of years. The 240-meter cave was rediscovered by refugees seeking protection from Japan during World War II, but it is believed to have been formed due to water erosion.
This is a shrine situated at the bottom of the mountain Inari, the Shinto god of rice that the structure was named after. This memorial holds a vital part of Japanese history, as it contains over 10,000 Torri gates - structures placed at the entrances of the shrines that are revered by organizations giving thanks and seeking good fortune.
The Summer Palace has a name that justifies its numerous lakes and gardens. It is a well-preserved tourist attraction that is the epitome of Chinese horticulture and has been credited as The Museum of Royal Gardens. It was first built in 1750 and served as the home of the royal family during the Qing Dynasty. It was destroyed by war in 1860 and subsequently restored in 1886.
These twin towers are found in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Construction was completed in 1999, after a six-year period. The Petronas Towers have 88 floors and stand at 452 meters high. This renowned tourist attraction is also home to some of the most successful companies in the world, such as Petronas, Microsoft, Al Jazeera, Boeing, and Bloomberg.
The Hagia Sophia is a famous structure that had served many religions before it became a museum. It was constructed in 537 BC and is more than 1400 years old. It is beautifully designed with a vast dome, held upright by four big spherical piers and 40 windows that allow sunlight to illuminate the gold mosaics.
This Salt Lake is bordered by Israel and Palestine, and it is the lowest elevation on land. It is roughly 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, which makes it impossible for any animal to flourish in its waters, hence the name, the Dead Sea. The dead sea attracts tourists worldwide, and its salty nature makes it very easy for humans to float in it.
Also called the Western Wall, this 57-meter wall is considered to be one of the holiest and most ancient places in the world. It is the only remnant of Temple Mount, which is highly regarded by both Catholics and Muslims. When the Romans destroyed the sacred temple, it was called The Wailing Wall to signify the grief that the Jewish people suffered because of its loss.
Over thousands of years, the erosion taking place due to the ocean's tide formed the unique formation that presently houses the Tanah Lot in Bali. This sacred temple is located along the coast of Beraban and is thought to have been discovered by a Hindu named Dang Hyang Nirartha. He believed it was the ideal location to honor the sea gods of Balinese culture.
These six islands are part of the Krabi province in Thailand, with Kho Phi Phi Don being the largest. The other islands, such as Phi Phi Lee, are more like rock formations and are not as advanced, but are still enjoyed by tourists for water sports and, their striking features.
Formerly known as Jag Niwas, it looks much like a white ship floating on the waters of Udaipur. This luxurious hotel was built on the orders of the royal Maharana Jagat Singh II between 1743-1746, with the intentions of using it as a winter palace. It has white marble walls in its 83 rooms and also has terraces, gardens, and courtyards along the four acres that it covers.
This was a Greek city from 10th century Turkey that was along the coast of Ionia and was part of the Ionian league's twelve cities. However, in AD 17, an earthquake destroyed Ephesus, but it was later rebuilt and expanded by the Roman emperor, Tiberius. Ephesus had many impressive features such as a theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 and a library called the Library of Celsus.
Mount Fuji of Honshu island stands at 12,389 feet and is the highest peak in Japan. It has three volcanos within its depths, namely Fuji at the top, Kofuji in the middle and Komitake at the bottom. Mount Fuji is a beautiful volcano enclosed by five lake. It has eight peaks in the main crater that attract approximately 200,000 climbers per year-the highest number for any mountain worldwide.
This 250 acres of beautiful vegetation in central Singapore is an international icon that attracted over 19 million people in 2015. It has 18 massive artificial supertrees that provide shade from the sun's rays during the day and are illuminated in the night with various colors.
Also referred to as Lal Qila, originally "Qila-a-Mubarak," meaning "Blessed Fort," is a monolith which was constructed in 1638 and ascends 33 meters, or 108 feet, over Old Delhi. The menhir comprises of red stone and marble and was constructed under the hand of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, and was built on the Yamuna River Bank. It currently serves as a world heritage site.
This 1397 tourist destination is responsible for drawing in a plethora of visitors to Japan yearly. Natively, it is known as Kinkaku-Ji and serves as a Zen Buddhist sanctuary located in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is one of the 17 locations which constitute the historical monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
This fantastic resort is situated at the top of Palm Jumeirah which is located in the United Arab Emirates. This exquisite resort is filled with distinct Arabian characteristics, as well as an Atlantis-based theme. On Sept. 15, 2008, it opened its doors as a partnership between Kerzner International Holding Limited, Istithmar.
This primitive hilltop castle is based in Himeji, Hyogo, which was previously stationed at the sovereign point of the Himalaya Hill. From inception, it has managed to attract the most tourist traffic within that region and has undergone many renovations. It has 86 sophisticated buildings and advanced security systems.
Angkor Wat is an enormous cenotaphic structure and was primarily created with the intention of referencing the Hindu Deities under the rule of the Khmer Empire. Since its birth, it has gone through some spiritual changes deviating strongly from its original purpose.
Currently located in Selcuk, Turkey, this antiquated relic was originally built in Ephesus, Anatolia, to honor Julius Caesar. It was constructed by Gaius Julius Aquila and is said to be one of the most revered structures in the Roman Empire, ranking third in Primitive Society.
This water supply, based in Nepal's Manang District, was considered to be the highest lake globally and is supposed to be the most visited hiking spot, according to data collected by enthusiasts. Due to this sensation, many camping bases and hiking trails have been established along the line of the lake.
Previously referred to as Amer Palace, this is a town located in the capital of Rajasthan in India.. The fort looks like a magical castle when it reflects into the Maota Lake nearby.
This Itsukushima sanctuary, famous for its floating tori gate, is situated in the Japanese city of Hatsukashi. This shrine, which is more than 1400 years old, has been worshipped by many who believe it has strong spiritual powers.
This is a massive primitive residential structure, which has been modified into a museum. Located in Istanbul, Turkey, it was previously named "The New Palace," and has undergone many transitional periods throughout its lifespan, due to disasters, such as earthquakes and fires.
Established on January 1, 1984, Kenting National Park is located on the Hengchun Peninsula at the southern tip of the island of Taiwan, making it Taiwan's oldest and southernmost national park. At a size of approximately 128.6 square miles, it is known for its tropical climate, beautiful white-sand beaches, coral reefs, caves and its rich variety of flora and fauna.
The Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship that opened its doors in December 1986. Characterized by its flower-like shape, the building is composed of 27 self-supporting marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.
Situated in the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is this captivating theme park that attracts thousands of visitors daily. It has many themed areas such as The Sleeping Beauty Castle, which is the only Disney Castle to showcase a real mountain in the backdrop and the Jungle River Cruise, where staff communicate to guests in three languages.
Prambanan, also known as Rara Jonggrang, is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia. The compound, which was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991, is located approximately 17 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.
The official name of this island is Ko Tapu (meaning ‘nail' or ‘spike'), but it received its James Bond title after it was used as a setting for the 1974 James Bond movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun." It is believed that this island was formed over 200 million years ago during the Permian period.
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth's highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, with the borders of China and Nepal running across its summit.
The Grand Palace is a building complex in Bangkok, Thailand used as an official residence for the Monarchy of Thailand since 1782. The palace's construction began on May 6, 1782, on the order of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, when he moved the capital city to Bangkok from Thonburi.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque as it is sometimes called was made between 1609-1616 during the reign of Ahmed I. Although it is ancient architecture, the 141-foot structure is still used by Muslims for prayer. Workers remained diligent during the development of this mosque, which is made evident by the blue hand-painted tiles inside, the reason for its name- Blue Mosque. It is located in Istanbul, Turkey.
Borobudur or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, and the world's largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome and decorated with hundreds of statues of Buddha.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in the Denizli Province of south-western Turkey, known for its hot springs and enormous white terraces of travertine- a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water. This World Heritage site is Turkey's most visited attraction with over 2 million visitors per year.
The capital city of the Makkah region of Saudi Arabia is known as Mecca. It is a historic city that millions of tourists visit, particularly during Dhu al-Hijjah, the Muslim lunar month. This is in no doubt because this town is where Muhammed, the founder of Islam, was born and first shared the Quran with his people. The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Holy Kaaba is found here and is the most significant mosque in the world.
One of the world's most ancient and most extensive array of sculptures is the terracotta army of the Qin Shi Huang dynasty, which features over 8,000 human-sized statues. It is the most massive mausoleum ever discovered and has statues no more than 190 cm. It was made over 2,000 years ago and serves as proof of the Huang's military and the advanced empire that once existed under his rule.
This river runs through India and Bangladesh, starting from the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, to the Bay of Bengal. It is the third largest river worldwide but is also the fifth most polluted river. The basin of the Ganges river is very fertile and is frequently used by millions of people to irrigate crops.
The Burj Khalifa is a 2,717-foot-long skyscraper in Dubai that was completed in 2010, after only four years of construction. Dubai's intention to create history was achieved, as the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world - nearly twice the height of the Empire State Building and three times the height of the Eiffel Tower.
The White Temple of Thailand, formally known as Wat Rong Khun, is a majestic structure in the Chiang Rai Province, that was envisioned and put into fruition by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Charlermchai, who was an artist well known for his religious paintings, used asbestos as the main construction material, giving the building its lily-white appearance.
This 1994 Shangai TV Tower stands at over 1,500 feet high and was recognized as China’s tallest structure from 1994 until 2007. The tower has eleven spheres of various sizes including the Space Module.
After its completion in the late 12th century, this temple, initially called Rajavihara, was later named Ta Prohm. Although it was built in the early centuries, it was not discovered until the 20th century.
Petra is located in southern Jordan and is also referred to as Rose City. This city goes back to 300 BC but was unknown to the rest of the world until its rediscovery in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss traveler.
Fourteen million visitors flock the streets of China yearly to visit this famous palace and the 9,999 rooms in it. This would not have been the case all these years ago because it was occupied only by royalty and ordinary folk were forbidden to visit- hence its name.