Finding Peace in Taipei’s Temples

Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, is buzzing with activity and has a ton of sights to see and things to experience. Undoubtedly, the city’s top draw is its ubiquitous temples. Most temples are either hidden in plain sight or tucked away in quaint alleys, historical blocks, or even between towering buildings. It will be hard to…

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In and Around Andong in Autumn

Mistaken Names & Towns I’ve wanted to experience a temple stay program for a very long time. So, last year, I was very excited when my Korean friend gifted us a couples’ stay at a temple of our choice. We chose Woljeongsa Temple (월정사 전나무숲) in Gangwon Province. Woljeongsa Temple lies in Odaesan National Park (오대산국립공원) — a popular fall viewing…

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The Journey to East Java

Early Morning Train Ride Our hotel in Yogyakarta was about 15 minutes away from the railway station. The entrance to the station was buzzing with foreign tourists, their guides, and few locals. There’s a ticket and passport check at the entrance, but surprisingly the security check isn’t very strict. It’s preferable to carry only a…

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Getting Touristy in Yogyakarta

Graharu Boutique Hotel Our boutique hotel, in Borobudur, was pretty charming in daylight. It had looked very different on the previous night and the wee hours of the morning — before our sunrise visit to Borobudur Temple. The manager was disappointed that we were rushing to Yogyakarta after spending only a couple hours in the hotel.…

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