• Temple of Stratum Bodhisattva and Temple of Relatives
    Asia,  Blog,  Travelogue,  Vietnam

    The Pagoda of the Celestial Lady

    Thien Mu Pagoda, also called the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, is a must for all those who visit the imperial city of Hue. Garden behind the temple with bonsai trees For reasons best known to us, we chose to walk the distance from town. While I would ordinarily walk around 7 kms without too much of a hassle, so long as it’s an easy walk, this proved to be a bit tedious for other reasons. It was drizzling and chilly, like it had been all that week, both in Hanoi, and now in Hue. Except for the Huong river, or the Perfume river as it is famously known as,…

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    A royal visit

    It’s not every day that you gets to visit a palace. So, when you visit Phnom Penh in Cambodia, a tour of the Royal Palace is an absolute must. Oudong, about 40 kilometers from Phnom Penh used to be the capital of Cambodia. It was here that the kings had their royal residence, for more than 250 years. However, in 1865, King Narodam I decided that Phnom Penh would be the capital of the country. He relocated in 1865 and went about recruiting the best to construct the Royal Palace. Among them was the architect Neak Okhna Tepnimith Mak whose brief was simple – design a palace that was, well,…

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    Peace in Siem Reap

    Most visitors to Siem Reap make Pub Street their focal point. With the Old Market close by, this area is teeming with people, both local and tourists. However, look above, beyond the roofs, and chances are you’ll spot a pagoda towering over all of them. This is the Preah Prom Rath pagoda. Situated next to the river, Wat Preah Prom Rath is bang in the center of this area. And it’s a beautiful place to visit, sit around, and generally soak in the calm atmosphere. History has it that it was founded more than 500 years ago by a monk who landed ashore from his sinking boat. However, the complex…