13 May, 2017 in Yangon

The number one highlight of Yangon in Burma is the Shwedagon Pagoda. Digs in the area suggest that this worship site dates back as far as 6-10th century BC. This (possibly) 3000 years old Pagoda is the most sacred place in Burma, and includes various relics linked with important Buddhist figures. It’s also a place for families […]

29 Apr, 2017 in Sapporo

My trip last summer to Sapporo was completely unplanned. I was originally planning to tour the Nagoya area following a conference, but the scorching heat of 35-38c had me looking for cooler alternatives, and Hokkaido seemed like a good alternative. And so, when I arrived in Sapporo, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. […]

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 […]

19 Apr, 2017 in Yangon

When visiting Yangon I stayed at the very hectic China Town area. Bustling local life, filled with street stalls and grungy eateries up till the very late hours, with some very diverse populations of both Burmese, Chinese, Napalese, Indians, and other origins I wasn’t really able to make out. To my great surprise, very close […]

5 May, 2016 in Moscow
Novodevichy Convent - Moscow (1)

On a gloomy weekend day, I headed over to the Novodevichy Convent to visit one of the most well-known church-convent in Moscow. Founded in the 16th Century by the tsar it combines religious worship and solitude with fortifications to guard the area against invaders. It is now a UNESCO heritage site for its fine architecture and decorative details. […]

2 Sep, 2014 in Kyoto
Kiyumizu Dera  Kyoto (15)

To continue my Kyoto temple run, I went up the mountain to visit the lovely Kiyumizu Dera temple. To get to this temple you’ll go through some wonderful yet highly commercialized Japanese old-style shopping streets offering some of the local snacks and cuisine. Once you enter the temple complex and arrive at the temple top, […]

27 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
Union Station Los Angeles (2)

At the heart of Los Angeles is Union Station, surrounded by a variety of culturally themed neighborhoods. You’ve got your China Town, your Little Tokyo, and closest by is the Mexican area. While walking through those neighborhood I came across a local Mexican God worship festival with lots of music, dancing and food, which I […]

13 Mar, 2014 in Kamakura
Engakuji Temple Kamakura Japan (30)

One of the largest Zen Buddhist temples in Japan and situated in a gorgeous forested area in the lovely Kamakura, a day trip from Tokyo, is the Engaku-ji Temple. The temple dates back to the 13th century and is a gorgeous example of Japanese Zen tranquil atmosphere. Even though I failed to visit during the […]

9 Mar, 2014 in Beijing
Tianning Temple Tower  Beijing (3)

A couple of blocks south from the White Cloud Temple in Beijing is the Tainning Temple which is most famous for its huge 12th century pagoda, which at the time would have enabled visitors to see very far away into Beijing and the imperial city. Unlike White Cloud, this is a very quiet and humble […]

27 Feb, 2014 in Beijing
Baiyun Guan White Cloud Temple  Beijing (1)

Lots of religious worship sites around Beijing. I previously visited a Confucian temple and a large Buddhist temple next to it – Yonghegong. While Cloud Temple is a good example of a Daoist temple in Beijing. Dating back to the 8th century Tang dynasty. Daoism was promoted as the Tangs extended influence in an attempt […]

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