We started our day be hoping on the train and going to see Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, about 20 minutes outside of Kyoto. This Shrine is known for its Senbon Torii, or Shrine Gates. The shrine is considered the head shrine of the 30,000 Inari-sha shrines within Japan. It is located at the food of Mt Inari, which is the southern tip of a mountain range. Continue reading “A Temple and a Forest “
We spent the day touring Kyoto and some of its beautiful temples. Kyoto is known for its temples because there are so many of them! There are 14 major temples to see, and countless other small temples in the city. It was a hard choice to decide which ones are to visit, but we tried to choose ones that were different from each other. Continue reading “Kyoto Temples and Tea “
We took a day trip out of Kyoto to Nara City. It was an hour train ride from Kyoto and Nara City on the JR train. We were amazed at how easy it was to use the train! The trains were very timely, and ran frequently between all the places we wanted to go; unlike in China, or at airports, there is no security theater before one can board. Nara City is home to numerous UNESCO world heritage sites due to its history as Japan’s capital from 710 to 782; it was called Heijokyo during the time.
In the center of the City is Nara Park. Nara Park is home to 4 of the world heritage sites as well as an estimated 1200 wild deer! Continue reading “Nara Park and Temples “
Ubud is a city on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is known for Hindu arts and for the surrounding rice fields. We spent one day meandering through the city. It was much bigger then we expected, and quite busy, but it was easy to walk around and everyone was very friendly.
We started our second day in Singapore in Little India. This part of town was not quite what we expected it to be. We were expecting a tourist location teeming with shops and restaurants. It was more of a local area with a few shops for everyday needs than tourist items.
We walked around and saw the outside of the Hindu Temple: Sri Veermakaliamman Temple. It was beautiful and reminded us of the Hindu Temple in Chennai, India. Continue reading “Singapore Day 2: Little India and Chinatown “
In the morning we went to the famous Potala Palace. This was the home of the Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959. It was originally built in the 7th century but remained mostly in ruins until the 5th Dalai Lama rebuilt the palace in the 17th century. Since the 17th century the palace has had additions and been maintained very well. The palace is built of wood and stone and divided into two parts. The white part is where the Dalai Lama lived, and had the offices for Buddhist and political affairs. The red portion of the building is halls, chapels, and libraries. Continue reading “Potala Palace and Sera Monastery “
We arrived in Lhasa at 5pm and our tour guide took us straight to the hotel. We ate dinner at the hotel after checking in from their balcony with a view. It was a stunning view of Potala Palace. It felt unbelievable that we were actually eating dinner in Lhasa, Tibet!