Itsukushima/Miyajima 厳島/宮島

Itsukushima/Miyajima 厳島/宮島

A beautiful trip to an island off the coast of Hiroshima and a visit of its incessant deer and beautiful shrines on the edge of the sea.

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Temples and Conversations with Monks in Chiang Mai

Temples and Conversations with Monks in Chiang Mai

We had a day and a half in Chiang Mai. (Two days for me since I would leave the tour and go back to Seoul after the rest of my tour group continued on their way to Bangkok). After checking into our hotel (Chiang Mai Gate Hotel, across from which we had our laundry done [...]

Wat Rong Khun วัดร่องขุ่น The White Temple

Wat Rong Khun วัดร่องขุ่น The White Temple

Leaving the boat family and after a night in a border city of Thailand we headed towards Chiang Mai. On the way we stopped at the White Temple in Chiang Rai. A beautiful intricate temple created by Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple opened in 1997 and isn't expected to be completed until 2070. Chalermchai [...]

Wat Xieng Thong ວັດຊຽງທອງ

Wat Xieng Thong ວັດຊຽງທອງ

There are a lot of temples in Luang Prabang to check out but with our dwindling time I only had time to visit one, so I picked the one our local guide and CEO both suggested. Wat Xieng Thong opened in 1560 and during the monarchy times of Laos this temple is where the crowing ceremonies [...]

Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace Museum

After our journey to the waterfall we returned to downtown Luang Prabang and split up to do some touristy things, like visit the Royal Palace also known as the National Museum. The museum grounds are big with a variety of things to see depending on when you go. I spent the majority of my time [...]

That Luang ທາດຫຼວງ

That Luang ທາດຫຼວງ

That Luang is a golden stupa also known as the Great Stupa. It was built in 1566 of three levels that represent levels in Buddhism with over 1000 pounds of gold leaf covering it. Outside people with small wooden cages will try to sell you birds. It is considered good luck to let them go. [...]

Seokguram Grotto 석굴암

Seokguram Grotto 석굴암

After our scavenger hunt at Bulguksa we grabbed lunch near the bus stop in the little town, picking a shop filled with other people close to our bus stop that served donkatsu. After our quick lunch we waited at the bus stop for the only bus going further up the mountain to the Seokguram Grotto. [...]