Whether you're a 9-5 corporate guy or a graduate fresh out of university, there will be times when you become overwhelmed and lose your sense of direction in life. Perhaps it is time for a short escape to these tranquil religious places around the world to help you find your inner peace.
You don't have to be a believer of any faith, as many of these places simply offer a quiet and serene location for you to recharge. So head on to Ctrip to book your tickets now for a tranquil getaway of self-reflection.
KLIA - Yangon International Airport
Price before cashback: 555MYR | Price after cashback: 551MYR
The Shwedagon Pagoda, also know as Great Dragon Pagoda or Golden Pagoda, is Myanmar's most iconic attraction. As the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country, this 99m tall religious monument imposes itself on Yangon's skyline and is said to house relics of 4 Buddhas. A serene place with sublime beauty, visitors of all faiths will surely find peace within the Shwedagon Pagoda.
St Basil's Cathedral
KLIA - Domodedovo International Airport
Price before cashback: 5149MYR | Price after cashback: 5113MYR
The St Basil's Cathedral has sat in Moscow's famous Red Square since it was first constructed in 1560. Officially called "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat", it possesses a stunning colour scheme which glows in green, blue, and red when lighted at night. Now a museum, the cathedral's flawless beauty can be found on the back of postcards throughout the world.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
KLIA - Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Price before cashback: 4651MYR | Price after cashback: 4618MYR
Colloquially known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles found on the interior walls, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. Despite being a massive tourist attraction, it is still being used as a mosque, where worshippers can spend time praying within the compound when it is closed for daily prayers.
Yong He Lamasery
KLIA - Beijing Capital International Airport
Price before cashback: 1629MYR | Price after cashback: 1617MYR
Image credit: Jeremy Reding | flickr.com
The Yong He lamasery - a monastery for teachers of the Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism - has quite a bit of history behind it, having served as the residence of China's Emperor Yong Zheng before it was converted into a lamasery in 1744, during the Qing Dynasty. Currently, it is the most perfectly preserved lamasery in China. Within the hallowed walls, visitors can find hundreds of statues of Buddhas and Arhats and can even purchase incense for offering.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
KLIA - Abu Dhabi International Airport
Price before cashback: 4915MYR | Price after cashback: 4880MYR
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, with an area of more than 12 hectares. It is the country's grand mosque, being used for Friday prayers and also during Eid prayers, for which it can attract over 41,000 people. It also houses a library with an impressive collection of Islamic books, covering topics like the sciences and calligraphy for scholars.
KLIA - Japan Haneda Airport
Price before cashback: 2671MYR | Price after cashback: 2652MYR
Also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, the Sensoji Temple has a long history dating back to 645. A shopping street connects the temple's imposing outer gate, named Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) and the inner Hozomon Gate. Within the compound, there is a main hall where festivities are held throughout the year. Being one of Japan's most colourful temples, this Buddhist religious site is a popular site with many visitors.
Delhi Indira Ghandi International Airport
Price before cashback: 1415MYR | Price after cashback: 1405MYR
The lotus is the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. Hence, constructed in the shape of the lotus flower - also its namesake - this temple embraces visitors of any faith. Made of pure white marble, the Lotus Temple also features 9 pools which, when floodlit in the evening, turn into mesmerising water spectacles.
Amritsar Raja Sansi Airport
Price before cashback: 1580MYR | Price after cashback: 1569MYR
The Golden Temple is the holiest place in Sikhism, and represents human brotherhood and equality. It is a welcoming place where everyone, regardless of faith, caste, or race can find solace and peace. This is also exemplified in the four entrances to the complex, which signifies that people from all walks of life are equally welcome.
These are the 8 religious places you should definitely visit with Ctrip for a getaway to find your inner peace! Also, save more and receive cashback if you make your purchase through ShopBack Malaysia. As we draw closer to the second half of the year, make sure you don't shortchange yourself by missing out on these incredibly tranquil religious places!
* All images taken from pixabay.com unless otherwise stated. Prices are estimated based on the travel dates between April 22 2017 and April 29 2017 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.