Guandu is a ‘refurbished’ old town about 10KM from Kunming city centre.
If you have half day to spare in Kunming city, taking a short trip to Guandu could be a good option to consume few hours.
Guandu reserved few temples dated back to Dang Dynasty.
Since 2008, Sao Lin Temple has acquired few temples in Guandu as ‘branch’ temple. You can see monks practicing martial arts in these temples.
I know the existing of a place called Batu Gajah, literally means Elephant Stone. You can see the signboard turning to this town from the North-South Highway (E1) in Peninsular Malaysia.
On my way back to Kuala Lumpur, I decided to clear the doubt once for all. What is this stone anyway? We passed by the famous Kellie Castle and dropped by Clearwater Sanctuary.
One can play golf or fishing at Clearwater.
When we started circulating the town, we saw some interesting heritage buildings.
There are easily over 20 buildings that are over century old, and still occupied by local residence.
The 2 traditional Malay houses are actually residence of the railway station master, still in used and owned by railway company.
Want to see the elephant stone? Read on …
The shape of tongkonan is so unique that it becomes of the icons of Tana Toraja.
The number of buffalo horns represent the number of buffalos the family had slaughtered. The jaws of the pigs were hang on the side of the house.
The detailed artworks are intricate and symbolic for the Torajan culture.
Both Kete Kesu and Palawa have some traditional villages that are near to Rantepao.
As the nearest site to Rantepao town center, Kete Kesu has few interesting objects to offer.
Ignore the dogs, the good stuff are behind the padi fields. The tongkonan houses. Tongkonan houses shape like the horns of a buffalo or a boat. They are the places for community folks to gather, as well storage for the harvest. I will show you more about the construction of tongkonan in other post.
Behind the tongkonan houses are the hanging grave.
I travelled 10 hours bus ride from Makassar, just to see the unique Torajan burial culture.
Since early 2013, some things were going at the back lane parallel to Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid.
Some things interesting were brewing, and known the the locals.
When the local newspaper the scheme, the activities at the back alley was revealed.
We walked across the street from Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda to Ngahtatgyi Paya. This temple houses an impressive seated Buddha image.
It could be the most elaborate and beautiful status in the country. Take a closer look at the semi-precious stones and gems on the statue.
The roof and backdrop were made out of beautifully carved wood.
After a millennium, only thousands of stone stupa and temples surviving the harsh environment on the Bagan plain. The bamboo and wood houses built during the hay days have been long gone.
Minnanthu Village is a farming village nearby New Bagan that still maintains the way of life for centuries.