Asia castles- 5 most beautiful castles in Asia

Asia is full with wonderful castles that are maybe not much popular like European but they are equal wonderful and fantastic. We made a list of 5 beautiful Asia castles. From Japan to China from Central Asia to Middle East we have some outstanding buildings. We dont have much space or time for all of them but we have for best five in our opinion.

Himeji Castle, Japan

Dating from 1333, Himeji castle is probably the most famous castle in Asia and this is because it is the largest and the most beautiful Japanese castle. Despite the bombing at the end of the Second World War, which took place in the nearby city and the earthquake Great Hanshin in 1995, the castle was preserved in outstanding condition until our days and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Fort San Domingo Taiwan

Also known as Hongmao Castle, Fort San Domingo might not be the prettiest castle in the world, but its rich history makes it one of the most fascinating. Originally a wooden fort built by the Spanish in 1629, the fort was also occupied by the Dutch and, after the Second Opium War, the British. The Victorian house pictured below was once a British Consular Residence, but today acts as a museum giving an insight into the site’s storied past.

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Angkor Wat Cambodia

The following temple ruins are located in Siem Reap Province, most within the boundaries of the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap City. The temple sites with the Angkor Archaeological Park represent the ruins of the ancient Angkorian capital cities of the Khmer Empire (9th-13th century AD) and include the most famous Khmer temples including Angkor Wat and Bayon

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Janjira, India

Murud-Janjira Fort is situated on an oval-shaped rock off the Arabian Sea coast near the port town of Murud, 165 km (103 mi) south of Mumbai. Janjira is considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty.

Murud Janjira Fort View from ferry point in Rajapuri

The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is about 40 feet (12 m) away from it. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape.

 Entry Gate into Murud Janjira Fort. Accessible by Ferry

The fort has 26 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many cannons of native and European make rusting on the bastions. Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday was a full-fledged living fort with all the necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, two small 60-foot-deep (18 m) natural fresh water lakes, etc. On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws.

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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto is one of Japan’s principal historic castles; indeed, it is considered a National Treasure of Japan. Because of its black exterior, the castle is commonly known as the ‘Crow Castle.’ Matsumoto Castle resides in Nagano Prefecture, an easy train ride from Tokyo proper, and is a hirajiro, or flatland castle, which distinguishes it from many others that were strategically constructed on hills or surrounded by rivers. Built in the late 16th century, the fortress consisted of a series of moats, a complex system of walls, and gatehouses. The castle was created during the Sengoku period, a time of considerable social upheaval in Japan. In the late 1800s, it was sold at auction for the purpose of redevelopment. A local high school principal spearheaded the renovation efforts and raised funds to carry them out.

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