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Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) , Korea is located in busy Seoul. It is a wonderfully preserved (and rebuilt) palace originally built centuries ago. During certain times they have traditional colourful Korean military guards with swords and halberds, guarding the decorative Gwanghwamun … Continue reading

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Hanging Rock New Year’s Day Horse Races

photo from Herald Sun Newspaper   Hanging Rock is a large geological formation in central Victoria, Australia about 70kms North-East of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges, made famous by the book and movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Each year on … Continue reading

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Chinese Temple in China town in Padang, Indonesia (Kampung Cina)

The capital of West Sumatra, Padang, like most cities in Asia, has an old China Town quarter or Kampung Cina reflecting the culture of the Chinese diaspora who arrived on Indonesian shores. Though, much of it was destroyed in the … Continue reading

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Trekking in the Harau Valley, West Sumatra

The Harau Valley is an incredibly beautiful spot with verdant green padi and sheer cliffs rising above halfway between Pekanbaru and Bukitinggi in West Sumatra, Indonesia. (Though you can reach it via the city of Padang also) The actual valley … Continue reading

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Masjid Agung Pondok Indah

Masjid Agung Pondok Raya has a blue triangle shaped roof that sets it apart from other Indonesian Mosques, however, it does not appear to be particularly large, beautiful or special from the outside. I visited this mosque one day during … Continue reading

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Bangkok Floating Market : Taling Chan

Not the colourful, famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, which I personally think is a terrible tourist trap and several hours drive from Bangkok, but Taling Chan Floating Market, in Chak Pra, just over the river from Bangkok. It was set up … Continue reading

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Train Travel: Jakarta to Bandung

The train trip Jakarta to Bandung is worth taking just for the sake of it, though a number of Indonesians use it to commute as a traffic free alternative to taking the toll way. The trip itself is 3 and … Continue reading

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Jakarta’s Grand Mosque; Istiqlal Masjid

                                                                                                  photo from National Geographic Istiqlal Mosque or Istiqlal Masjid is a grand building designed to house about 70,000 worshippers, though some, including the official Indonesia’s tourism board says that is it up to 100,000 people. Reportedly the largest mosque … Continue reading

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