Friday, March 27, 2009

South East Asia - UNESCO World Heritage Site on Banknotes

There are many famous UNESCO world heritage sites in South East Asia. Interestingly, most of these world heritage sites were used as a feature in their country banknotes. As we all known, one of the famous heritage sites in South East Asia is Angkor Wat which is located at Cambodia and many of its unique sculptures from this ancient remains have been depicted on Cambodian banknotes.

The theme of a banknote very much depends on its country historical, cultural or technological development. For those countries which are rich with historical elements, it is always easy to find such beautiful and unique piece of architectural element depicted on the banknote.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The reverse of 2001 Combodia 50000 Riels note features the whole scene of Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is considered one of the most important historical and archaeological site in South East Asia. This archaeological site has magnificent remains of the different capitals of Khemer Empire which is one famous from 9th to 15th century. Angkor Wat Temple and Bayon Temple are among the famous historical strucutures that decorated with counrtless of unique sculptures.

Temple of Preah Vihear, Cambodia

The obverse of 2008 Cambodia 2000 Riels note features the Temple of Preah Vihear

The Temple of Preah Vihear is a unique architectural complex of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases on an 800 metre long axis together with the decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment. It is another masterpiece of Khemer architectural which is well preserved today.

Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

The reverse of 1992 Indonesia 10000 Rupiah note depicts the Borobudur Temple

Located in central Java, the Borobudur Temple is one of the famous Buddhist Monument from the 8th and 9th century. The construction of this Buddhist Monement was divided into three tiers. The bottom layer consists of a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the middle tier is the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and finally the top tier is a monumental stupa. The surrounding walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs.

Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

The reverse of 1979 Indonesia 10000 Rupiah note depicts the Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple is the largest temple compound that dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. It was built in the 10th century. The three majors temples arising from this archaeological compound were decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana. It is meant to dedicate to the three great Hindu divinities namely Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

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