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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 32764 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-02-10 05:07:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-10 05:07:46 [post_content] => FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia. And even for those with no religious affiliation, a visit to any of these sites provides not only a glimpse into Buddhist life from places as varied as Nepal and Thailand, but an insight into the art, architecture, traditions and culture of that place. [caption id="attachment_32765" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Remote and beautiful: the Lekir gompa, Ladakh, India. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_32770" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="The 65m long reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_32771" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Monks in a Bhumtang monastery with whistles, Bhutan. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_32772" align="aligncenter" width="585" caption="The enormous reclining Buddha at Wat Po, Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_32766" align="aligncenter" width="585" caption="Game time with elastic bands for monks in a monastery attached to Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_32774" align="aligncenter" width="436" caption="Swayambhunath located on a hill above Kathmandu up a steep flight of stairs, Nepal. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_32778" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Reclining Buddha in the Buddha Park, Vientiane, Laos. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_32769" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Temple by the sea - Laem Sor Pagoda, Koh Samui, Thailand. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_32773" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="The inner recesses of the Perfume Pagoda, a scenic day trip from Hanoi along a river in a rowboat, Vietnam. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] t [caption id="attachment_32775" align="aligncenter" width="585" caption="Takstang monastery also known as the Tiger's Nest, is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. It is believed to be the first place Buddhism came to Bhutan. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_32776" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Ngoc Son Temple / Temple of the Jade Mountain located on the beautiful Hoan Kiem lake, across a pretty bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com "][/caption] All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com [post_title] => In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia [post_excerpt] => FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => in-pictures-the-buddhas-temples-and-monasteries-of-asia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-10 05:07:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-10 05:07:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=32764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia
February 10, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia.

Picture of the Day: A snowy day in Shimla, India

Picture of the Day: A snowy day in Shimla, India
January 20, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

A monkey sits on a railing and looks skywards in snow-covered Shimla, India, Saturday. The northern Indian hill town has been covered in a blanket of snow after it received its first heavy snowfall of the season Friday night. (AP Photo)

5 affordable Asian honeymoon adventures

5 affordable Asian honeymoon adventures
December 8, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THERE’S so much pressure when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination – after all, it is only made out to be the biggest trip of your life. Your honeymoon is supposed to be your chance to get away from the stress of wedding planning and social obligations and simply connect and unwind as a…>

Top travel moments of 2013

Top travel moments of 2013
December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM the anniversary of the Everest climb to airways that charge per weight, the release of films that put tourism on the map and lots of travel awards, 2013 has brought a range of tourism experiences to the Asia-Pacific region.  January Qantas Airways passengers between Cairns and Port Moresby watched a large python clinging to…>

Fantastic destinations to consider in 2014

Fantastic destinations to consider in 2014
November 28, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

EVEN if you’ve been almost everywhere in Asia, there is always more to see and hidden gems to discover. From China to India, Australia and New Zealand, this list could take you to a riverside town, a sandy beach, crumbling ruins or to meet wildlife in the Asia-Pacific region in the new year. Happy travelling. Fenghuang,…>

Holy cow: India’s most sacred sites

Holy cow: India’s most sacred sites
September 20, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Indian sub-continent is the birthplace of several world religions and home to numerous holy places for Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs and others. Whether you have a religious inclination or not, these impressive cities, caves, temples and monuments with their age-old architecture, origins and traditions will help you touch some of the spirituality so…>

In pictures: India’s beautiful forts, palaces and havelis

In pictures: India’s beautiful forts, palaces and havelis
September 4, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE forts, palaces and havelis of India are like something out of Arabian Nights. Complete with camels wandering nearby, the encroaching desert sands, women in brilliant saris and the smell of spices in the bazaars, they are a huge attraction for tourists visiting states such as Rajasthan and Gujurat. Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan The Jaisalmer fort…>

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Vientiane, , Laos

Settha Palace Hotel

Old World Charm

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Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Province, Laos

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