Category Archives: Asia

The Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Palace The Grand Palace in Bangkok was once the official residence of the Kings of Siam and is an impressive walled compound nearby the temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. The Palace is made up of numerous buildings, pavilions, gardens and courtyards and can take […]

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The Temple of Dawn

  Wat Arun – ‘the Temple of Dawn’ First stop, Bangkok and the Temple of Dawn. It sounds a bit like an Indiana Jones movie title, no? After leaving some big changes back home in New York, we arrived in Thailand (two days later, two missed flights connections and sans two lost bags) and set out to […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

The vermilion tori tunnel gates of Fushimi Inari are one of the most frequently photographed sites of Kyoto and make for a hauntingly beautiful path of orange and black. Fushimi Inari shrine sits at the base of a mountain 223 meters above sea level, and the winding tori gates straddle a meandering upward path that takes approximately 2 to […]

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Donating a Torii Gate at Fushimi Inari

Behind Fushimi Inari shrine’s main grounds lies the entrance to the torii gate covered hiking trail. Have you ever wondered what the bright orange gates symbolize? Inari, the Shinto god to whom the site is dedicated, is the patron of business as well as the god of rice. Traditionally worshiped by Japanese merchants and manufacturers, Inari has dozens […]

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