Asia


Walking along the Divanyolu Cadessi street in the old town of Istanbul, towards the Great Bazaar we will observe that there are several enclosures attached to mosques or ancient buildings that are Ottoman cemeteries with its curious tombstones engraved and crowned by different types of turbans and hats all surrounded by the vegetation. It can look like slightly macabre saying it like that but the certain thing is that in Istanbul,...

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Mandalay, located 715 km in northernYangon is Burma’s second largest city with a population of over 1 million inhabitants. Although its name evokes in us the idea of ancient kingdoms, the city only dates from 1857 when the penultimate Burmese king Mindon moved the capital here and also where the English at the same time sent into exile the last of the Burmese kings, Thibau in 1885, beginning the stage of British colonialism that...

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I’ve mentioned in previous posts, talking about Burma and Buddhism is almost inevitable as Buddhism is an integral part of Burmese culture. The Burmese have been and still are a very religious people and it is almost impossible to separate Buddhism from other aspects of their life. Since centuries ago, specifically in 1057 its main promoter, King Anawratha adopted Buddhism and became the official religion of the state, started a...

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His huge golden dome was visible from the distance, and once there we discovered that it was not only a stupa over, but a large complex which access through a covered passage that was quite lively, with craft stalls and religious articles. Shwezigon is another of the important temples in Bagan, very different from those already mentioned of Manuha or Ananda Paya. It is located between the town of Wetkyi-in and Nyaung U and is the main...

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Kakku is about three hours drive from Inle Lake in Shan State hills on the eastern shore of the lake. You do not get here by chance, since it is quite far from the tourist routes.  To be able to visit first you have to stop at the “traveler control center” office and to do some paperwork in Taunggyi, the capital of the state. Once it is done, we will be accompanied by a guide of ethnic Pa-o, the community that manages the foreigners...

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It is difficult to make a selection of the temples in Bagan as they all have special characteristics that make them unique, and therefore I shall not be very objective if I choose one instead of another, so I have decided to write about those who have some curious story behind or that have more special features or art forms of construction. This is the case of Mon’s King Manuha temple. This temple does not draw much attention...

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Before the fall of Bagan, the capital came to own about 5000 temples, of which there are currently around 2000 census, among the most popular to the less known temples. Many remain, and you only have to climb to the terrace of any of them to see the landscape sprinkled with buildings, mostly red brick and stone. Ananda Temple was the first one we visited, and we dedicated to it  more time because it is considered a masterpiece of the...

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We woke up at dawn to head to the Ayeyarwadi river where we would take a boat from Mandalay to the ancient capital of Bagan, an essential point in the visit of the country as Bagan, with its temples and pagodas dating back more than 1,500 years old is certainly perhaps the most fascinating site for the visitor and one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, as notorious as the complex of temples of Angkor. The truth is...

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