22 Feb, 2019 in Sokcho

During the last autumn, I went to South Korea to get a bit of real autumn feeling with some colors. Of all the places I visited, the nicest autumn colors were at the lovely Seoraksan National Park. I was originally planning to take the lift up to the mountains and hike a bit, but it was […]

13 Feb, 2019 in Danang

To me, the top attraction while visiting Danang at the center of Vietnam, were the marble mountains. About 20 min down south are five marble and limestone hills rising out of nowhere. Offering grand views of Danang and the central Vietnam coastline, you can hike all over the mountains, going up to mountain top to […]

26 Apr, 2017 in Yangon

During my first night in Burma, I landed in Yangon and made my way to the hotel in China Town, put down my stuff and went out for a first walk in the way. The first ‘attraction’ I visited in Yangon a few minutes walk away from my hotel was the night lit Sule Pagoda, a […]

20 Oct, 2014 in Nara, Visions
Ancient capital Nara Japan (2)

This post concludes my visit to the lovely city of Nara – the ancient capital city of Japan, an hour south from Kyoto and east to Osaka. Temples, shrines, huge seated Buddhas, museums, Japanese gardens, and most importantly – deer, you will not be disappointed.   My posts on Nara: …

17 Jun, 2014 in Guangdong
Nanhai Baofeng Temple at Xiqiao Mountain FoShan Big Buddha Guangdong (2)

Just when I think I’ve seen all of the best that this region around Hong Kong has to offer something comes along that blows my mind. Near Foshan in Guangdong province is one of the most spectacular big Buddhas I’ve seen. Sure, we have our own in Hong Kong at Lantau island, but this one […]

10 Feb, 2014 in Kamakura
Great Buddha -Kotokuin Temple - Kamakura (6)

Continuing the temple tour of the magical Kamakura area, a daytrip from Tokyo, is Japan’s second tallest Buddha statue at the Kotoku-in Temple. A somewhat humble temple compared to others in the area (e.g. Hasedera or Tsurugaoka Hachimangu), it still attracts attention due to this large statue, constructed mid 13th century. You can even go […]

6 Jul, 2013 in Shanghai
ZhouZhuang watertown - Shanghai-089

Quite a few things to see when visiting the gorgeous watertown of Zhou Zhuang between Suzhou and Shanghai, but of all the local attractions the most impressive is perhaps the Quanfu Temple dedicated to Buddhism. It dates back to the Song dynasty (1086) and has recently gone through some impressive reconstruction.   …

22 Dec, 2008 in Korea
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Seorak-san National Park (설악산국립공원) is in the east side of South Korea in Gangwon province. I spent the night at the local 5 stars hotel resort and woke up to take a quick hike up to the local Gondola, which goes up to one of the mountains. …

7 May, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan
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347 is a special number, Buddha knows why, so Tainan decided 347 years for Koxinga’s conquest of Taiwan is a good occasion for a grand event to celebrate freeing the island from the Dutch. Koxinga, otherwise known as Cheng Kung (/Gong) is an extremely important figure in Tainan, almost if not already at the position […]

29 Apr, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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This, I wasn’t expecting. Big Buddha up on the mountains I’ve seen before in Thailand and HK, and since the Taiwanese I asked didn’t seem to think much of it, I didn’t think it would be anything special. Fo-Guang-Shan with the tall Buddha, surrounded by thousands of tiny golden Buddhas and just next to …

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