Hoan Kiem Lake

One of the key features of Hanoi is Hoan Kiem Lake. A large body of water in the centre of the city with a small temple in the middle. Meaning Lake of the Returned Sword or Lake of the Restored Sword, it’s a fresh water lake in the historic centre of Hanoi. Near the northernContinue reading “Hoan Kiem Lake”

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple dates back to 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Beneath the imposing gopura are huge wooden doors. Their massive size is quite deliberate, designed to remind the worshippers of their insignificance in comparison to the divine. Devotees believe that ringing the bells on the doors will bring good luck.Continue reading “Sri Mariamman Temple”

Sri Veeramakaliamman

Singapore is home to endless architectural and cultural delights and the area known as Little India is no exception. We’re heading to one of the most historic, colourful temples in the area – Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. The temple, found onSerangoon Road is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. The incredibly ornate entrance is knownContinue reading “Sri Veeramakaliamman”

Glittering glorious temple

Next on our tourist hit list is the shimmering, glittering glory of The Temple of the Golden Pavillion. This beautiful slice of golden glory is known as Kinkaku-ji meaning the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion” but it is officially named Rokuon-ji “Deer Garden Temple” It is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto and is aContinue reading “Glittering glorious temple”

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a brightly coloured, busy temple in the heart of Kyoto’s tourist district. It’s one of the most visited temples in the city so prepare for crowds! This orange and green beacon of worship is thronged with visitors who swarm up its steps from the neighbouring shopping streets. Over 1200 years have passedContinue reading “Kiyomizu-dera Temple”

Purification and Ema

Heading back in the Senso-ji temple grounds for one final snoot around we find more delightful details. A Tori gate leads the way to Asakusa Shrine also known as Sanja-sama “Shrine of the Three gods”. The shrine honours the three men who founded the Sensō-ji. Another of my favourite new photo subjects are the multitudeContinue reading “Purification and Ema”