When we think of architecture in Asia, the first things that often come to mind are old monuments and temples, which is understandable—after all, the continent is decked with some of the world’s oldest structures.
However, in the last few decades, we’ve erected awe-inspiring architectural wonders across the region—buildings that shine in their own magnificence and serve as symbols of modernization. These unique and modern structures are exemplary examples of contemporary methods of construction, and they represent sights to behold that you shouldn’t miss in your life.
Here, we’ll bring you closer to these one-of-a-kind structures and give you five more reasons to travel Asia.
- Henderson Waves, Singapore
Certainly one of the most, if not the most, beautiful bridge in the world, the Henderson Waves of Singapore is an architectural structure that impresses people with its appearance and the view it provides. Also known as the highest pedestrian bridge, its 274-metre long body is made of wood and steel, which combines in a way that mimics the look of the waves.
- Banpo Bridge, Seoul
Another spectacular bridge, Banpo Bridge in Seoul beautifully hovers over the Han River while connecting the districts of Yongsan and Seocho. Visit Banpo Bridge at dusk and witness a dazzling show of water, lights and music that is the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain.
- Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
This 7,400-acre Thai masterpiece is truly massive, and even more remarkable for having been built with a low energy consumption design. The airport’s roof is designed to allow natural light to stream in, reducing usage of artificial lighting. Made from laminated steel and glass, it also insulates the interiors of the building against solar heat, reducing air-conditioning costs without compromising passengers’ comfort.
- ArtScience Museum, Singapore
ArtScience Museum’s magnificence comes from both its exhibits and architectural structure. The latter is because of the building’s unique structure, which was specifically designed to represent Singaporeans’ welcoming hands. The building can be viewed as a combination of two hands or ten fingers.
- Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Towering at 1,483 feet, these skyscrapers are the tallest twin buildings in the world—so tall, in fact, that it’s visible from practically any point in Kuala Lumpur. The aesthetic design, which is inspired by Islamic art, gives honour to the country’s Muslim heritage. If you’re not afraid of heights, head up to the glass sky bridge on the 41st floor of the towers, which connects the two building, for a panoramic view of the entire city.
These are just five of the so many impressive modern architectures of Asia—iconic structures that represent Asian talents and innovations in the world of architecture.