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Lak Muang Shrine – City Pillar Shrine, Bangkok

Aug 1st, 2010 // Destination: Bangkok
In 1782, King Rama I was crowned as the first monarch of the Chakri dynasty. Having moved his capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in Thailand, he ordered the ceremony to raise the traditional City Pillar on Sunday, April 21, 1782 at 6:45 am. The City Pillar (Lak Muang Shrine): Made from laburnum wood and decorated with heartwood, it is a decreed 108 inches above ground and another 79 inches buried in... 
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Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Jul 16th, 2010 // Destination: Seoul
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces. The premises were destroyed by fire... 

Beijing’s Amusement Parks, Carnival Season with Free Beer

Jul 9th, 2010 // Destination: Beijing
Beijing (China) has welcomed the season of revelry with its amusement parks firing up their summer carnivals. Shijingshan Amusement Park and Beijing Happy Valley both launched their carnival season on Saturday. The fun will last until the end of August. Dancers perform during the gala at Shijingshan amusement park on Saturday. A spokeswoman for Shijingshan Amusement Park, surnamed Lu, said the... 

National Museum of Tokyo

Jul 7th, 2010 // Destination: Tokyo
National Museum, Tokyo (Local Name: Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) The National Museum of Tokyo houses more than 100,000 works of Japanese, Chinese and Indian art, including more than 100 of Japan’s National Treasures. Its main building comprises 25 exhibition galleries (of which 20 are normally open to the public). It was built between 1932 and 1938 to replace the Imperial Museum, which was seriously... 

Tourism in New Delhi

Jul 7th, 2010 // Destination: New Delhi
New Delhi Lotus Tourism in New Delhi comprises all the major historical places and monuments that are the relics of the past dynasties. These include the famous monuments like Red Fort and Qutb Minar, and a large number of forts, palaces and tombs built by the erstwhile rulers. The Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rajpath, India gate, Connaught Place, and the parliament House are some of the modern buildings... 

Chitralada Palace

Jul 7th, 2010 // Destination: Bangkok
Chitralada Palace Once King Chulalongkorn’s summer residence, Chitralada Palace stands in about 1 sq. km (247 acres) of grounds incorporating several artificial lakes. At each corner of the park is a fountain adorned with Late Baroque figures drawn from mythology, evidence of the cultivated taste of Thailand’s rulers. Chitralada in Bangkok, Thailand is hardly a typical royal residence;...