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Posts Tagged ‘Buddhism’

Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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Video Spotlight: 5 Days in Tibet

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 24 August 2012

Tibet is the mythical country of the world’s highest plateau, a dream destination of many travellers. 5 Days in Tibet by James Spradlin takes you through its capital city of Lhasa, mountains, lakes and Buddhist temples to reveal beauty and serenity, but also the everyday reality of the place. This video is more than merely pretty imagery of an exotic place. It transfers emotions, hints at stories, makes your mind wander.

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Luang Prabang, Laos P.D.R. – Please Don’t Rush

  • Cindy Fan
  • 15 February 2012

Time is such a precious commodity these days; we’ve been led to believe that if we don’t maximise our scant vacation time by hitting all the major tourist must-dos, we’ve somehow failed. But travelling and living in Laos has taught me that slowing down adds richness to your experience – like seeing the world vividly in Technicolor.

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The Inside Word… on Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Cindy Fan
  • 23 January 2012

Phnom Penh demands your attention from the moment you arrive. Vibrant, exciting and utterly unpredictable are just a few words to describe Cambodia’s capital. It’s a city of stark contrasts: slick SUVs share the road with old-world cyclos; visitors can relax in a posh cafe and think they are in Paris, or join the locals at a pop-up stall selling fried noodles.

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Finding Peace on the Sacred Grounds of Wat Phou, Laos

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 9 December 2011

Nestled in the foothills of the Phu Pasak mountain range of southern Laos, the ancient ruins of Wat Phou, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site, have a special atmosphere to them, inspiring serenity and bliss in those who walk the sacred grounds. In addition to the site’s clear historical appeal, a trip to the ruins is essential for anyone with spiritual inclinations: the calm surroundings, the inherent mysticism and few visitors make it a great place to meditate.

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Video Spotlight: Floating Lanterns of Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Paul Tavner
  • 4 December 2011

This footage captures the moment hundreds of sky lanterns are released into the skies above Chiang Mai, Thailand. The ultralight paper body fills with hot gas and sends each lantern soaring skyward, the suspended flame propelling its glowing form into the night.

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Photo of the Week: Tshechu Dancers, Bhutan

  • Dawa Choden (Photo)
  • 27 November 2011

The whirling silks of this Tshechu dancer’s costume blossom into an impressive shape as he loses himself in the rhythm of the traditional Cham (or Tscham) dance as part of the Lhuntse Tshechu, an annual festival held in northeastern Bhutan. These masked dancers perform to a musical accompaniment provided by brother monks or other locals.

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whl.travel Welcomes Travellers to the Mystical Culture and Highlands of Tibet

  • whl travel
  • 28 October 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE. Perched on the roof of the world is the astounding region of Tibet, one of those lands that most people only dream of visiting. whl.travel has partnered with Tibet Travel Professionals, which has been organising complete Tibet travel packages for foreign visitors since 2005, to ensure a memorable and hassle-free trip to this ancient realm.

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Photo of the Week: Evening Aarti Ceremony at Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, India

  • Yogita Ranapaheli (Photo and Text)
  • 26 June 2011

The picture here is of an evening Aarti performance at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India. While many ghats performs this grand prayer ceremony, the one held at Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the largest and best known. Here, five young, extremely talented Hindu priests preform the highly choreographed ritual with super agility and dexterity.

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Photo of the Week: Making of the Prayer Wheel, Sikkim, India

  • Yogita Ranapaheli (photo and text)
  • 12 June 2011

One of the main features of Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim is the prayer wheel, found in lines on monastery premises. Pilgrims turn these wheels, for it is believed that a prayer is released with every rotation of the wheel. The picture here is of one such wheel in the making. The artist is painting the prayer ‘om mani padme hum’ on it, which is a very popular Buddhist mantra said to increase the effect of a prayer.

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