Photo of the Week: Prayer

IMG_5642Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai was the capital on the once mighty Kingdom of Siam, which flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries. This prosperous period is considered the golden age of Thai civilization.  Today, all that remains of the kingdom is the 45 sq km historical park that contains the ruins of ancient sites. 

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Yangon: Temples

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Yangon is filled with hundreds of pagodas and other religious monuments, and you could spend days exploring them. But this was the first leg of our trip and we didn’t want to get temple-fatigue, so we only visited a few.  The following are some of our favorite religious shrines found around the city:

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Photo of the Week: Stone Face

IMG_4352Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom, also known as the “Great City” was the last capital of the Khmer empire.  The city was founded by Jayavarman VII, one of Angkor’s greatest kings who came to power in 1181 AD, ruling his city of over a million people. The spectacular Bayon temple was built at the heart of the ancient capital as the official Buddhist temple.

Pictured above are the distinctive stone faces atop the towers of the temple.  The serene smiling face of the bodhisattva faces outward, keeping a sharp watch at each compass point. After almost a thousand years, these stone carvings are still awe-inspiring to look at.

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Day 4: On the Road in In Dain

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We were fortunate to be visiting In Dain during a festival. People traveled from villages all over the Inle lake  region to congregate at the temple. Women got dressed up in their finest garb; men set up the family shrine and sat back and had drinks with their friends; while kids ran around in excitement.  The mood was festive.  As the afternoon approached, the sound of the drums got louder.  Monks from all around came and joined the procession going from the top of the temple down to the market area.  As they walked by, bowls of alms filled with rice are offered to the Buddhist monks, some of whom are quite young.