1. Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand
This is the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the holiest of all temples in Thailand. The name only indicates the central image’s colour—the statue is actually made of a single piece of jadeite. Only the King is allowed to touch the Buddha image, and he does so three times a year to change its clothes depending on the season. The temple complex is located within Bangkok’s Grand Palace grounds and features reflective tiles, towering chedis, and many exotic statues. Another Bangkok icon, the Reclining Buddha, is located just down the street. It’s no wonder it made it on our list of the world’s most beautiful temples!