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Travel Photo Thursday — Apr. 17/14 — Chiang Mai’s Buddhist Culture

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Destinations, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to the 173rd week of Travel Photo Thursday. The semester is half over, and this week I am preparing my 200+ students for their midterm exams next week. I have no idea where the weeks have gone, and I am sure that the rest of the semester will pass in the same whirlwind fashion. This week I’m bringing you back to Chiang Mai and a sampling of the many photos I have taken in and around the city’s numerous Buddhist temples. Did you know that Chiang Mai boasts more than 300 temples?

 

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A statue at the base of the stupa at Wat Lok Molee. The white strings you see are used in numerous ceremonies such as holiday prayers and house blessings. The belief is that the strings transfer the blessings to each of  the participants. After the ceremony they will be cut into small pieces, and attached to visitors wrists to bring good luck. 

 

Buddhist Statue at Wat Lok Molee

 

 

Buddhist blessing string waiting to be hung…

 

Buddhist Blessing String

 

 

Buddhist water libation vessels used in blessings…

 

Buddhist Water Libation Vessels

 

 

Monk bowls at Wat Phan Tao…

 

Monk Bowls at Wat Phan Tao

 

Monks praying at Wat Chedi Luang on ordination day…

 

Monks Praying at Wat Chedi Luang

 

 

Temple bell at Wat Phan Tao…

 

Temple Bell at Wat Phan Tao

 

 

Lighting the candles on Macha Bukha Day at Wat Phan Tao…

Macha Bukha Day celebrates the day when 1,250 monks spontaneously came together to pay homage to the historical Buddha. 

 

Lighting the Candles on Macha Bukha Day

 

Preparing to honor the Buddha on Macha Bukha Day at Wat Phan Tao…

 

Makha Bukha Day, Wat Phan Tao

 

 

Travelers Tip 

The monks are very welcoming, and entrance to all of Chiang Mai’s temples is free. However, you will numerous donation boxes throughout the temple complexes. To give or not to give is your choice. Temples are usually open from sunset. Many close at 6pm. However, some of the bigger temples, like Wat Chedi Luang, usually stay open into the evening. Do dress appropriately. Women should cover their shoulders and knees. Men must wear shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering. 

The date of Macha Bucha day is based on the lunar calendar, usually in January or February. If you want to experience this celebration, be sure to check the date well in advance. 

 

 

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Egyptian Technology for #FriFotos

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured | 14 comments

This weeks #FriFotos theme is technology…

While cars and crazy traffic might be the norm in Cairo, the low tech camel still plays an important role in Egyptian transportation. Of course, the best place to find one would be at  Egypt’s Barqash Camel Market!

Egypt's Barqash Camel Market

The world is still wondering what technology was used in building these ancient wonders in Giza…

Egypt's Great Pyramids in Giza

 

 

Contributing to #FriFotos, and Friday Postcards at Walking on Travels.

 

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Travel Photo Thursday — Apr. 10/14 — Flower Blossom Time in Korea

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 77 comments

Welcome to our 172nd week of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I told you that spring had arrived in Korea. Well, Mother Nature is being fickle. This week the temperatures have taken a dive in the morning and evening. Of course, the afternoons are toasty warm, so impossible to know what to wear on the morning commute to work. However, that hasn’t stopped the cherry blossoms and magnolias from gracing us with their beauty. I wandered with my camera last weekend, and got some nice shots for Travel Photo Thursday.

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Along the river…

 

Cherry Blossoms in Korea 2014

 

The deep pink blossoms are not that common in Daejeon…

 

In the Pink

Looking gorgeous against the blue sky…

Blossoms Overhead

Blossom whimsy…

Blossom Whimsy

 

 

Cherry Blossom Magic in Korea

 

Cherry Blossoms in the Wind

 

Many of the blossoms were starting to fall…

 

Blossoms on the Path

 

Cherry blossoms are not the only blossoms spreading their beauty in Korea. There’s the magnolia, which peaks before the cherry blossoms…

 

Magnolia in Daejeon

 

Lilacs, my favorite, are not that common in Korea. However, I saw quite a few small trees on Saturday. Give it a couple more years and the smell lilac will be wafting through the spring air.

 

Lilacs in Daejeon

 

 

And, the city will soon be blanketed in azalea’s, my all time favorite! 

 

The First Azela Blossoms of Spring

Travelers Tip

You’re probably wondering, when is the best time to see the cherryy blossoms in Korea? Well, that used to be very easy to predict. However, like most of the world, Korea’s weather has changed. This year we started seeing blossoms in mid March, and news sources say that they peaked last Saturday, April 6th (a full week earlier than usual, or so the Korean Herald tells us.)

I would say, (to be on the safe side), that you should be here by the last week in March. Of course, you can always start googling for predictions next February! :)

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