It’s amazing to think how incredibly rich Asia is when it comes to traditions, cuisines and natural wonders!
As travellers, we can get a glimpse of each city’s culture and history by visiting temples, historic monuments, or nature attractions—all of which hold an unquestionably unique story. Here are six such landmarks in Asia worth exploring.
Read on to check out some of the best stays in Asia with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts as you explore the landmarks. Be rewarded with triple Wyndham Rewards points and earn up to 30,000 points (equivalent to redeeming four free nights at one of Wyndham’s thousands of hotels worldwide) and truly have the Best. Trip. Ever.
1. Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest lake and one of its most popular tourist attractions, and it’s evident why it commands such attention. The scenic views are second to none, the local markets just add that much unique character to it, and it’s rich in aboriginal culture too!
You can pretty much visit all the sight-seeing spots in a clockwise direction, circling around the lake. Cycling is a popular way to do your tour, even if you have kiddos tagging along. Tandem bicycles and smaller bicycles for children are available for rent, allowing the entire family to pedal leisurely along the lake for the best views.
There are statues like the Nine Frogs Stack, places like the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Kalapaw Thao Tribe Performance Centres, and of course the most famous Sun Moon Lake Ropeway.
Wenwu Temple is a must must-visit spot when visiting Sun Moon Lake. It’s not until you’re standing in its iconic orange-roofed compounds, staring past the two vermillion lion statues to the lake, do you really get to see what makes Sun Moon Lake so magical. Tour bus crowds are common, especially considering how Wenwu Temple is where people go to seek help for both civil and marriage affairs.
Sun Moon Lake is most notably the grounds where the indigenous Thao tribe first settled on. Within the Sun Moon Lake vicinity lies Zhulu Market, where you can get a taste of authentic Thao cuisine through its many restaurants and specialty shops.
There’s so much to see, do and eat at Sun Moon Lake, one day is far from enough. We’d recommend to spend at least two nights in Sun Moon Lake, just so you get to enjoy two sunrises over the water. Spring, summer and autumn are good seasons to visit.
Where to stay: Wyndham Sun Moon Lake
Day trips to Sun Moon Lake aren’t recommended, considering how it’s quite the journey there. It is about a 4h journey from Taipei city via car or public transport, or a 1.5h journey from Taichung city.
If you really want to reach the lake in the morning to catch the first light, it’s best to stay nearby. Wyndham Sun Moon Lake is just minutes away from Wenwu Temple, as well as other attractions like the Nine Frogs Stack and Sun Moon Lake Ropeway.
Expect state-of-the-art facilities like outdoor pools and spas, stylish bars and restaurants, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Taiwan’s central mountain range.
It is also a family-friendly accommodation choice, with amenities like a children’s pool and a play area for the little ones.
2. Kuala Lumpur Brickfields, Malaysia
Malaysia is steeped in rich cultural heritage, and we’re featuring a vibrant area in the highly accessible capital Kuala Lumpur - Brickfields. Once a locomotive depot, Brickfields has since transformed into a lively district teeming with cultural diversity. Often referred to as the Little India of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find shops offering a variety of Indian clothes, jewellery, cuisine and more.
Brickfields is also a multi-faith centre of worship for residents, even though it has been home to generations of Indians. You will find Hindu temples, Chinese temples, churches and mosques within the same area. In the distance, there’s the Petronas Twin Towers towering over all of them.
Most of these places of worship are located along the same crescent-shaped stretch of road. It’s no wonder the road is called Jalan Berhala, or Shrine Road in English.
Among the Chinese temples, Thean Hou Temple is probably the most famous temple in the city. While most Chinese temples have their own distinctive styles, Thean Hou Temple’s design pulls inspiration from Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and even contemporary architecture.
When it comes to Brickfields, you can’t not talk about its variety of Indian food available. There’s not many that rival the unique menu of Indian Spice Village–here, you’ll get to try fried mutton brains and quail briyani. Just be sure to go in a group: the portions served are astoundingly large!
Where to stay: Days Hotels And Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL
The Days Hotels And Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL is your gateway to Kuala Lumpur, with the city centre and attractions located within 10 to 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel.
Kuala Lumpur is quite infamous for its traffic jams, which is why you’d want to stay as close to the temple as possible. For that, we recommend Days Hotels and Suites by Wyndham Fraser Business Park KL, which is just a 15-minute drive away.
Its convenient location also means you’re just a stone's throw from most of Kuala Lumpur’s biggest attractions. Just head on down to the transit station from the hotel, and you’re off to KL Sentral, the Petronas Twin Towers and beyond.
3. Hokkaido Shrine, Japan
Most tourists visit Hokkaido Shrine for the glorious sakura blooms in spring, and the all-white snow in winter, but what makes Hokkaido Shrine truly significant is that it’s the final resting place of four important gods.
These deities protect and guide the people of the land, which is why you’d often see crowds on New Year’s Day, or weddings being held here.
Hokkaido Shrine also houses three other shrines, besides the main one: Kaitaku, Korei and Hotaki. From where it’s situated within Maruyama Park, it’s only a short 15-minute walk away from the Maruyama Koen station. That makes it incredibly accessible to visit multiple shrines during one trip.
Beyond shrines, there are also little food stalls within the premises selling freshly made speciality treats. One of which is the hangansama, a sweet bun, and another is the fukukashiwa, an oak-leaf-shaped sable cookie.
The most popular rest stop in this area is the Rokkatei, a tea shop that sells hangansama and fukukashiwa, among other delights.
Where to stay: Wyndham Garden Sapporo Odori
Just a quick 15-minute drive away from Hokkaido Shrine is Wyndham Garden Sapporo Odori, a classy and modern hotel in the heart of Sapporo. It’s also conveniently located near the Sapporo Clock Tower, Hoheikyo Hot Spring and the Maruyama Zoo.
While it’s within the city, it’s also just a short distance from the ski resorts up north! If you’re there in winter, you’ve got to complete the trip with a few rides down the slopes.
4. Manjanggul Lava Tubes, Jeju Island, South Korea
It’s pretty zen-like when you consider how Jeju Island is actually a volcanic island. The lush greenery, the volcanic rocks and the sound of the ocean crashing all around you form a pretty spiritual symphony unique to Jeju Island.
Hidden beneath the surface of Jeju Island is the intricate maze that forms Jeju’s famous Manjanggul Lava Tubes. These tubes were formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed through them. Taking a hike through the tunnels feels humbling, especially when you compare the size of a human to these underground caverns.
Whether you are an avid hiker, a geography enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape from bustling cities, the island has you covered.
Jeju Island is a treasure trove of things to see and do - nature trails in Hallasan National Park and Seongsan Ilchulbong, and unique experiences like horseback riding at Jeju Horse Riding Park.
One unique sight you should catch is the unusual black sand of Samyang Beach. The shiny black sand is the product of volcanic activity of Hallasan, and its therapeutic qualities often result in sights of people burying themselves in the sand.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham Jeju Hamdeok
Not sure where to stay on Jeju Island, why not Ramada by Wyndham Jeju Hamdeok? It’s just minutes away from Jeju International Airport, faces the ocean and is close to Samyang Beach.
The roof garden features not just your usual bar and jacuzzi, but even barbeque facilities if you’d like to get that KBBQ vibe under the stars. Freshly grilled meat, crisp Korean beer and breathtaking views, what’s more to want?
5. Makati in Metro Manila, The Philippines
Manila has a captivating blend of historical heritage, modern urbanity and vibrant local culture that makes it a dynamic metropolis. Its authentic and eclectic Asian experience has kept travellers visiting the city, with many sprouting new and cool neighbourhoods.
Makati’s Poblacion neighbourhood is certainly one you should check out. Located in the heart of Metro Manila, the area made it to Time Out’s World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods list in 2021.
It’s charm? A quintessential Metro Manila neighbourhood but located away from the traffic jam and hustle and bustle of central Manila. The former red-light district has been transformed to an area with an eclectic mix of F&B establishments, bars and curated shops.
Must-try restaurant? Lampara that serves modern Filipino cuisine spotlighting local flavours with flavourful twists you never expected. Many diners rave about their drinks - an extensive list for you to pair with the food.
With new and exciting establishments sprouting in the area, Poblacion retains the authentic Manila vibe with architecture and a heritage zone intact - making it an interesting neighbourhood with a mix of the new and old. If you are interested to learn more about the history of the area, there are discovery tours and heritage tours for visitors to sign up.
Where to stay: TRYP By Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila
Situated along the glistening Manila Bay is TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila. This coastal hotel offers the perfect mix of private retreats and connectivity, as well as a gorgeous view of the waterfront.
The hotel is approximately 15 minutes away by car from Poblacion, Makati, making it a convenient accommodation choice to access the trendy neighbourhood.
6. Civic District, Singapore
Singapore’s Civic District is a historical and cultural centrepiece of Singapore, and home to architectural wonders, museums and religious sites.
Chinatown is in the heart of the Civic District, with the oldest Hindu temple, Sri Mariammam Temple located along South Bridge Road. It dates back to 1827 and was dedicated to the Hindu goddess of Rain. You’ll often see tourists standing by the door, peeking in to see the processions, but you don’t have to watch from the outside. Visitors are welcome to enter!
Visitors can see priests performing rituals or chanting prayers while worshippers take turns stepping forward to present offerings to their deities. The temple is more than just a place of worship. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see wedding ceremonies or cultural events too!
However, the temple is just the tip of the iceberg for what is a diverse and colourful civic district. Within this area, you can explore hills of Fort Canning Park, the National Museum of Singapore, and the Peranakan Museum.
At the National Museum, you’ll get to learn about Singapore’s religious diversity over the centuries–from our colonial years to our modern age.
The Peranakan Museum is the best place to learn about Singapore’s oft-overlooked heritage of unique culture, which mixes elements of Chinese and Malay traditions.
Where to stay: Peninsula Excelsior Singapore, a Wyndham Hotel
Singapore’s robust public transport system means pretty much everything and everywhere is well connected. You could, even, very easily walk to the temple if you so desire.
This hotel is perfect for both locals looking for a staycation or travellers exploring the lion city. With panoramic views overlooking the Singapore River and Marina Bay from the hotel’s two swimming pools, it really transports you into another mind space.
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