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The Beauty of Hanging Temple

Updated on January 5, 2014

You wouldn't believe with this place. I want to share something about beautiful and interesting place located in China. This is wonders which made by human by combining the beautiful of the natural conditions and magnificent building. No one ever thought about this place, because it’s so wonderful and amazing. If we want to take a look inside, it’s more beautiful. That's why many people want to see this place in person.

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A little history of hanging temple

In my mind, this would be a great hub if I want to share this to the people in the world. This time I’ll talk about hanging temple or many people also like to say “hanging monastery”. This temple is located in Mount Henshang, it’s about five kilometers to the south from Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province, China. This magnificent temple was built on the Jinlong Valley at the foot of of Henshang Mountain, it’s about 80 kilometers away from Datong City or it will take you two hours from Datong to this temple.  Mount of Henshang also known as the North Mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains in China. Based on the history this temple was built at the end of the Northern Wei Dynast, it’s about six century, in 491. It has survived more than 1400 years ago. This amazing temple was built by a monk Liao Ran.  After periodically destroyed and rebuilt again, this temple become a rare high altitude building in China (high building on cliff and for its location on a sheer precipice).  The buildings were restored in 1900. Before this, big restoration has been done in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).

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This temple is influenced by Taoism. But actually we can found three elements inside hanging temple, like: Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian. Hanging temple is a wooden temple clinging to the cliff side. From the pictures we can see that this temple appeared to defy gravity which is supported by a few wooden posts. From the landscape, it’s good combination of man made and natural designs. That’s why many people from around the world come and visit. Hanging temple was also known as one of the historical sites and tourist attraction in Datong area. Most of people want to see the architecture and the history at the same time. The visitors were amazed by the wonders of the hanging temple. The tourist came from different part of the world. Hanging temple is open every day from 8:00am to 6:00 pm.

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Why this temple looks so wonderful, because this temple was hung on the crag at the slope of Mountain. Another reason make this place totally amazing is the whole building sticks to the cliff. What will you say if you saw a building stand vertically to the cliff? Personally I want to say “Wow”. Still from the pictures, we can see the temple is under the crags with grey tiles and red walls. This temple created a line from the south of the cliff to the north. What can we see in hanging temple? There are more than 40 different rooms interconnected through walkways and pillars. Pavilions and rooms in this temple are divided to three groups. There's a plank on the road cliff, it said "people are more creative than nature". I don't know, what does it mean? I thought this quotes want to remind me about how man can combine a great design with nature. It's like impossible for the people to make this one at that time, because this temple was designed skillfully with good construction.

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Actually this place is more beautiful than I thought. Why I said so, because we can see beautiful scenery along the highest place. This is like a great adventure for most of tourists. From this place we can climb the top of mountain by using a stairs over there. This adventure is really pumping our adrenaline. We can see clear water from the river and small water fall. I thought this is the best place for photographer in taking beautiful picture from this place. There are many beautiful objects over there. We follow the beauty of the crack in the cave while walking down the trail step made by the stone inside the cave. I got the pictures below from one blog. But I am not try to edit the source of these pictures. I post this naturally.

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This is enjoyable experience and totally thrilling. I hope this place become a good alternative for travelling place. If you have a plan to visit China, don’t forget to take a look this temple.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, vellur for coming and sharing your opinion about this topic. take care!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      This place is amazing! A great place to visit, thank you for sharing. Enjoyed reading and voted up.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, foysal8900. Good to see you here. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care :-)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, my uncle (Micky Dee). You are one of my inspiration. From your hub, I got many ideas for my traveling topic. The world has many secret and this is our duty to reveal all the miracle of the world. Take care! Cheers...

      Your nephew,

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Amazing! All these "Frank Lloyd Wrights" were in China long before Frank was around. Maybe this was inspiration for Wright with his combination of home and Earth! God bless you nephew! Extraordinary!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, KoffeeKlatch Gals. Thanks for dropping by and always give your vote to this hub. I believe you'll have a chance to visit this place someday and see all the miracle of architecture in person. Cheers.....

      Your best friend, prasetio

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Prasetio, the hanging temple is a wonderful work of art and an architecural miracle. Wonderful pictures. I can only dream about visiting it someday. Rated up and awesome.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Darski for giving your compliment to this hub and rated this up. I am glad you enjoy all informations about hanging temple. I hope this hub useful for us...amen

      Love and peace,

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      What an awesome hub, I love this, so many differnt ideas in the world, and such beauty and perfection. I rate this up up up love & peace darski

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, ImChemist. Nice to see you again. I hope you can visit this place in person someday. Thanks for giving your vote. Cheers... Best, prasetio:)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Tony0724 for coming to this hub and give your appreciation about hanging temple. I agree with you, we can find spiritually environment at this place. God bless you, my friend. ~prasetio

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your amazing hub that i rated useful.

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      What a beautiful place. I have no doubt that spirituality just radiates in that environment. Two big thumbs up on this one !

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Nell. I hope you always enjoy my hub about traveling topic. The earth has big secret and this is one of the secret and how man can combine the natural source with beautiful creation like this building. Thanks for give your vote to this hub. God bless you. Cheers...

      Prasetio,

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Katie. Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you enjoy this information. You are right about this place. Personally, I can't say anything every time I saw all the pictures again. I hope you can visit this place someday..amen. Take care!

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Hello, hello. My friend, thank you very much for coming to this hub. I hope my review useful for us. Hanging temple is totally amazing and beautiful. God bless you. ~prasetio:)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, soniafernandez. Nice to see you here. I am glad you enjoy my review about hanging temple. You can visit the exactly place of hanging temple inside this hub. Please read carefully and find the location through the map above. I hope this help you and you will enjoy your vocation over there.

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, saveascj. I hope we can be a good friend here. Take care and success for you...

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, agusfanani. Nice to see you again. I always wait your coming to know your opinion about my hub and your comment always nice to hear. Thanks for always support my hub and give your vote to this hub. God will repay your kindness, my friend. Take care!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, rebekahELLE for your compliment to this hub. I am glad this as the perfect hub to end your day. I hope hanging temple as the alternative for top traveling destination in China and you can put this place in your traveling place. Sorry for late to reply your comment. Cheers... ~prasetio

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, prasetio, this is amazing! How on earth did they do that? I wish people would make these sort of buildings these days, you always show us such great sites around the world, rated up! beautiful! cheers nell

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW Pras, You've done it again, this is a beautiful display of all natures glory and beauty. I love this magical beauty of hanging temple. The pictures are amazing and just amazing. :) Katie

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Prasetio, this is phenominal. Thank you for showing these masterpieces of hanging temples.

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      soniafernandez 6 years ago from Bangalore

      ITs gorgeous!!!!!Now you have me counting days till i can visit, what are the other nature and getaway spots you would recommend in China, where in China is this place?

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      saveascj 6 years ago from LA

      thx for visiting my hub, :)

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Prasetio30, I've read another great hub you post here. This is so amazing and those pictures are so extraordinary. Thank you Pras, I find it awesome and rate it up !.

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Prasetio, this is beautiful. It must be an amazing experience to visit the Hanging Temple! These images are breathtaking. I love to see what interesting topic you have found to share with your writings! This is the perfect hub to end my day. Thank you!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, Sol i April. I hope you enjoy this hub and give you other alternative for travel destination. Take care!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, CMHypno for coming to this hub. I agree with you about this place. But you can visit hanging temple someday. God bless you!

      Prasetio,

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, LeisureLife. Nice to see you here. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks,thougtforce for coming and rated up. I am glad you enjoy this information though you don't come and visit this hub in person. I hope you always entertained with all my hub. Have a great day!

      Prasetio,

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Ingenira for dropping by. I really appreciate your comment. I hope you can visit this place someday. God bless you!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Fossillady. I hope you always entertained with all information here and we stay keep in touch in sharing beautiful hub. Cheers.... ~prasetio

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      Sol i April 6 years ago

      Like the photos in your blog. Makes me want to resign from my job and work. Thumbs up!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      What an amazing temple, prasetio, but perhaps not for those who have a problem with heights! Great hub as always.

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      LeisureLife 6 years ago from USA

      Wow. That was incredible.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      You do find the most fantastic wonders in the world and this is just breathtaking! What an interesting place to visit. I don’t have plans to visit China but I am glad to visit this place with the aid of your wonderful hub! Thank you for this great hub. Rated Up!

      Tina

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Amazing architecture. They reminded me of some Chinese kungfu or classic movie. Truly awesome place.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Pras, You never cease to amaze me with your interesting wonders of the world! Thank you for sharing as always!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, acaetnna. You always accepted here. You can visit my hub anytime you want. I hope you always entertained with all topics from my hub and we can keep in touch in sharing useful information. I know some of us scary with heights, at least you still enjoy with hanging temple information. Cheers.....

      Your best friend, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Peggy W for dropping by and vote this up. Your comment really appreciated. I am glad you still enjoy to read this hub though you didn't come to see this place in person. I hope you always entertained with all information inside my hub. God bless you too. Cheers.....

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Another amazing hub from you my friend and the pictures are totally exquisite. The hanging temple is simply amazing but there is no way I could possibly visit this myself because I hate heights. So Prasetio you have shown me here, so beautifully, what I am missing. Thank you as always.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! You have done it again...presenting us with beautiful and amazing things. The beauty of these hanging temples is incredible, but for once, I think I will enjoy them via your hub instead of wishing to walk those pathways high up a mountain. If I was younger...then perhaps maybe! All kinds of buttons being pushed on this hub, Prasetio. You are an amazing person! Bless you my friend.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, amillar. Thanks for dropping and always support my hub. Your vote really appreciated. I hope you entertained with this information. God bless you.

      Best, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, jojokaya. Nice to see you again. I hope this hub useful for you. Take care!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, Amber Allen. I am glad you enjoy reading this information. You are absolutely right about this building look to be defying the laws of gravity. That's made this building get much attention by the tourist from all over the world. I know this is looks terrible for walking along the highest place like this one. Thank you very much. Have a great day. Cheers.... ~prasetio:)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Russel-D for coming and share your thought about China. I thought you have a lot of experience with this country. At least this is one of pride of China. They can made it as good civilization. I hope we can learn something from this building. God bless you! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Alicia. Nice to see you again. I am so happy you entertained with this information. I thought not all of us enjoy with the hanging walkways. This is very challenging. But I hope you can visit Hanging Temple someday. Take care!

      Love and peace,

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      amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Another very interesting article. Up and beautiful.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      Beautiful hub. Its amazing place to visit.

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago

      Hi Prasetio

      What amazing places you bring to our attention with your hubs. These hanging temples look to be defying the laws of gravity. As I don't like heights I'm not sure how I would cope being there.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

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      Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Having been there and also astounded by what the Chinese built with nothing but hand labor and mules....it was once more amazing to see what people with a purpose can accomplish, throughout the ancient world all along the trade route from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.What they built with their armies, ours with our armies are willing to destroy. A strange world in which we live. David Russell

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You’ve created another fascinating hub, prasetio, with lovely photographs. It’s so much fun to explore the world by reading your hubs! I would love to visit and photograph the Hanging Temple, although I think I would feel uncomfortable walking along the hanging walkways.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, drbj. Thank you very much for dropping by. Your comment really appreciated and I am glad to know that you want to see this place in person. I agree with you about narrow and primitive walkways, it looks so scary. God bless you.

      Your best friend, prasetio

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      The Hanging Temple, is an amazing place, prasetio. I would love to see it in person but I don't think I would try walking on those narrow and primitive walkways.

      Thanks for these fantastic photos and your well-written, descriptive hub.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, Audrey. Thanks for dropping by and share your thought about this amazing place. Take care! Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio:)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Ruby. Thank you so much for coming to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you. Cheers.... ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you very much, Justom for your compliment to this hub. I hope you always enjoy all my hubs about traveling. I promise to give you about the most beautiful place in the world. Take care!

      Your best friend, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, BkCreative for share your experience during your trip on China. Great Wall is awesome and both of these building shown how they need a hard work to achieve something and these all useful for many people. We can learn from this spirit. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Pamela. Thanks for dropping by and give your nice comment about this place. This place totally amazing and it's located in beautiful mountain. The scenery supporting this place as one of top travel destination in China. Your vote really appreciated. God bless you!

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Mentalist acer. I really appreciate your coming and nice comment too. Best, prasetio

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Sunnie Day. I hope you can visit this place someday. I agree with you, this was great combination between creative imagination and natural wonders. Thank you very much. God bless you!

      Prasetio,

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Lovely pictures, Prasetio - what a fascinating place!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very, very beautiful. I particularly love the waterfalls. Thank's for another grand tour.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, dahoglund. I hope you enjoy this information. You are absolutely right about this place. We can saw how this building as one of the great architect in the highest place in China. Thanks for rated up this hub. Take care! ~prasetio

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Another wonderful trip brought to us by Prasetio. I'm not sure that I've ever heard of this place, so again you've shown us another of the beautiful places on this planet and I thank you for that. Prasetio, you are amazing! Peace!! Tom

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, VioletSun for coming to this hub and rated up. My friend, Marie. You don't have to go to this temple, but you can enjoy all informations and stunning picture here. Cheers..... ~prasetio:)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow! I was surprised at how mountainous China was when I was in Beijing and traveled to see the Great Wall.

      How amazing and enterprising - you live amid mountains so you build amid mountains, and keep your temples safe. Awesome!

      Rated up and - whew!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I would absolutely love to go see these Hanging Temples. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking the architecture is so unique as well. Voted/rated awesome.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This Hanging Temples are breathtakingly beautiful Prasetio.;)

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Beautiful Hub Prasetio..that would be one place to visit for sure! I think the creation of something with nature only adds to its beauty.

      Sunnie

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It is a work of art as well as architecture. I find it interesting how a attitude toward life is expressed in the kind of buildings that are created. I vote up,awesome and beautiful.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Pras, I may never get to visit the hanging temple, but, I can enjoy reading and looking at the photos from my side of the fence.

      Beautiful photos and good descriptions. Rated up! :)