Creativity, individualistic and artsy atmosphere brim in the narrow lanes of Tianzifang (田子坊). Built in traditional shikumen architecture, the neighborhood in the French Concession exudes a charming nostalgia and it is the perfect place to get lost in the small lanes. Continue reading
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a temple in Ayutthaya built in 1630 built by King Prasat Thong. Like many of the other temples in Ayutthaya, it was looted by the Burmese in the 1760’s. Although in ruins too, I do find the extent of destruction is less and it feels more complete as compared to other temple ruins such as Wat Mahathat.
When I walked into Cafe Gerbeaud, I was instantly mesmerized by its sheer opulence where green marbled tables, sophisticated wooden chairs, shimmering lime-green ceiling and gorgeous chandeliers make up an evocative scene.
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet was originally a temple built in 1448 by King Boromatrailokanat, enshrining a 16 m tall Buddha statue made of gold. When the Burmese invaded the Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1766, the temple could not escape its fate of being ransacked. Continue reading
Elizabeth Square (Erzsébet tér) is right in the heart of Budapest city that’s a hip hang out place for both locals and visitors. It is especially vibrant at night where people just enjoy the night by the glowing Ferris wheel or sit by the pools with a beer in their hand. Continue reading
Wat Pho in Bangkok enshrines the giant golden Reclining Buddha, at 43 m long and 15 m high. The temple was originally a learning center for traditional Thai medicine, which was later expanded and the Reclining Buddha was built by King Rama I in 1767. Continue reading
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 which was once the residence of the previous Kings of Thailand. The Grand Palace today houses government offices and is an important venue for official ceremonies. With more than 200 years of history, new buildings were added and new architectural ideas were incorporated, resulting in a complex of buildings with eclectic architectural styles. Continue reading
Wat Phra Kaew is THE iconic temple in Bangkok that enshrines a 66 cm tall jadeite Buddha statue, and hence also the name “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”. Thailand is a country with a long history of Buddhism with the earliest signs of Buddhism as early as the 5th century.
These rusty metal shoes on the Danube bank near the parliament building in Budapest is a memorial to the holocaust victims of World War II. The memorial is more subtle as opposed to others with intense visual statement that depict skinny malnourished bodies overlaying on top of each other, yet the story behind the shoes is just as horrifying. Continue reading
Shanghai has many water towns in the vicinity. Qibao Water Town is one of the closest ones and easily accessible by MRT. If you don’t have a whole day to spare to go to the bigger ones that are further away, visiting Qibao Water Town that’s just 30 minutes away would not be a bad idea. Continue reading