Travelogue

UNESCO Heritage Site

Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath is one of the oldest religeous sites in Kathmandu Valley, founded in the 5th century.

Swayambhunath (13)

The Buddha eyes (wisdom eyes) on the stupa has been symbolic to Nepal. I skew the image to provide a flatten view of potential look if we are starring at eye level.

Swayambhunath (8)

To foreign tourist, this temple complex is better known as the Monkey Temple.

Swayambhunath (2)

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Impressions of Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the gateway into Nepal.

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square Kathmandu (1)

The capital has over 1 million inhabitants.

Kathmandu (14)

Lots of people.

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square Kathmandu (2)

Lots of pigeons.

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Patan (City of Fine Arts)

Patan Durbar Square is another complex enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage site (as one of the seven monument zones in Kathmandu Valley).

Patan (7)

It is only few kilometres from Kathmandu. If you negotiate with the taxi driver, the fare is around Rs300.

Patan (6)

Entrance fee is Rs500 but you will be rewarded with some beautiful handicrafts and architectures.

Patan (2)

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Candi Prambanan

If Borobudur is the famous Buddhist temple, then Prambanan has to be the famous Hindu temple near Yogyakarta.

Candi Prambanan (1)

The center tower is 154 feet tall, it could be the highest ancient Hindu temple.

Candi Prambanan (5)

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Reliefs @ Borobudur

There are 1,460 narrative reliefs in Candi Borobudur, which makes it the most complete ‘story telling’ walls about the life of Buddha.

Borobudur reliefs (4)

The story starts from gallery 1 (east gate), and begins with the birth of Buddha; and the story ends at gallery 4 illustrating Buddha giving his first sermon.

Borobudur reliefs (5)

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Day Trip to Melaka

We brought friends to Melaka old town for a short visit this morning. The French tourists were intrigued by the bound feet culture in Chinese tradition.

Wah Aik shoemaker

We began our visit by stopping over at St. Peter’s Church (1710).

St Peter's Church Melaka

And walked over to the nearby Kampung Morten.

Villa Sentosa

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George Town and Air Itam

Here were some quick snapshots while bringing friends for a quick visit to George Town. The memorable part was getting to listen to the impromptu jamming session, East meeting West.

George Town (4)

We started our day at Chowrasta Market.

Chowrasta Market (1)

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