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Grand Bazaar
#About the Huge and Exciting Istanbul Market

With more than 3,000 stores, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşi) is one of the largest markets in the world, and definitely the largest covered market in the world. The Grand Bazaar, founded by the Sultan Mehmet II between 1445-1461, is also one of the oldest indoor markets in Europe.

It is large, fascinating and you can spend long days in it. From clothes, jewelry, pottery, spices, carpets, oriental decorations, second-hand shoes to cafes, restaurants and tea buffets - this market, also known as the "covered market," offers just everything.

The market attracts about a quarter of a million people every day and has 10 mosques. In fact, the large bazaar extends from west to east, over 60 streets. It is an independent urban district, stretching from the Beyazit Mosque to the mosque of Nuruosmaniye. The quarter is also named after the market "Kapalıçarşı."



#History of the Big Bazaar and What is Here

In the days of Byzantium, the bazaar served as a center for popular commerce. Somewhere in 1453, Mehmet II, known as Mehmet the Conqueror, established the first and smallest bazaar, as a popular market.

In the 16th century it was significantly expanded, by Suleiman the First. Since then it has grown steadily, taking over the whole area, so much so that the neighborhood was named after it.

In the 20th century, when popular tourism broke out and became a huge economic and cultural phenomenon, the same vibrant but local market developed. Gradually it became the vast, tourist-rich bazaar.

In the center of the bazaar you will find the center of the carpets and antiques (IC Bedester). On one side is a marble fountain and on the other is an entrance gate with the symbol of the Byzantine Empire. If you pass through it, the gate will lead you to the silver and gold area.

And in general, the big bazaar of today, with its thousands of shops, is divided into different areas. These are "guilds" of professionals and businesses. There are areas of jewelry, other antiques, carpets, clothing, fabrics, household equipment, leather goods, ornaments and more.

There are also countless Oriental souvenir shops, ceramic tiles and Turkish-style pottery, as well as souvenirs for tourists and gifts from Turkish specialties and sweets.

There are countless popular restaurants in the market, coffee shops that sip authentic Turkish tea or coffee and food and drink stalls, where it is fun to savor local Turkish street food.


#Tips

Do you hate crowds? -? Come here in the mornings, when the market is empty. Then you can also enjoy opening prices, for the first sale of the day, when vendors are more generous.

The market is huge. Set aside time and get out when you feel dizzy.

You should check the goods carefully.

Bargaining in the bazaar is legitimate and recommended.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/C4dIfhBacU4


#In the Morning:

https://youtu.be/Upycqau-hUw


#Bloggers:

https://youtu.be/MtEaYaJDKXs


With tour guide:

סיור מודרך? - לחצו על הכפתור הצף...

https://youtu.be/wdN1qihg-CI
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Strait
#The Strait that Separates Asia and Europe

The Bosphorus Strait, is the name of the strait that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Black Sea. Istanbul is actually built along the strait beaches, which for 30 kilometers separates between Asia and Europe, letting the city enjoy both world.

One side is the Asian side, and the other side is the European side - There are not many places like this, and no place like here will physically illustrate the role that Istanbul's culture and geography has played in the history of the two continents.

The Bosphorus beaches are a mixture of contrasts, between modesty and luxury, between past and present. One on side there are many simple fishing villages, and next door a big and modern hotel. You will see the large palaces and nearby ancient fortress, usually in ruins.

Many say that a visit to Istanbul is not complete without sailing on the Bosphorus. While sailing, you can enjoy the open and fresh air, with the wonderful view. While on the river you can see the Bosphorus banks filled with villas and expensive houses, some new and modern, some old and grand. You can see a large portion of the city from here, including some of the beautiful mosques.

Notice the two fortresses on either side of the strait. These protection fortresses are called Andulo Hissari and Rumi, and they were built to collect tax from all that passed through the straits. They are worth visiting and exploring, as well as seeing the wonderful views of the surroundings and impressive city.



#Tips

The best way to see the strait is from a boat sailing from Port Aminono, and sails from one beach to the next, between Asia and Europe.

There are also boats that sail with a breakfast from the Galata Bridge area. These boats stop in different and interesting places, where you can go doing from the boat, and then sail away again.



Sailing the Bosphorus Strait:

https://youtu.be/MkLnUR0OsUQ


Fast Forwarding:

https://youtu.be/JMczEw7DrR0


Bosphorus cruise? - Press the floating button ...

https://youtu.be/_-9czmaiCEM
Damnoen Saduak
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
#About Bangkok's Famous Floating Market

Many around the world are familiar with the famous photos of wooden boats, full of fruits and vegetables, with women selling merchandise, wearing straw circular hats. Here, early in the morning, dozens of vendors arrive to sell their merchandise on small boats, as they wear dark clothes, and on their heads traditional straw hats, showing off their products.

Floating markets are definitely an impressive sight, they are fun to visit, as well as to take photos. Almost all tourists who arrive in Thailand visit a floating market, mostly for the first time in their lives.

In the canal system that surrounds Bangkok, there are a few floating markets, or by their Thai names, Thalat Nam. These markets are usually very colorful, full of life, have great energies, and delicious fruits and vegetables that are grown close by.

The most famous floating market in Thailand and maybe the world is the Damnoen Saduak. Although it is one market or many in Thailand, it is an all-time tourist favorite. Here you can walk on foot near the boats, or ride on a canoe between the boats filled with fruits and food. From the boats you can smell, taste, buy, and enjoy tastes and scenes that will never end - all while riding in a relaxing canoe. This is a real Thai experience.

The market is located about 100 kilometers south of the center of Bangkok. The way here is a nice ride through rural Thailand, very different than the urban capital.



#History of the Market

The Damnoen Saduak Market is located in an area full of canals dug by local villages in 1866. Digging these canals was done by direct order of King Rama IV, who was advised to connect the two large rivers in the area.

There are about 200 canals, that were a big part of carrying the water. On these canals are a few floating markets, only some of these are for outsiders, but most are for residents of certain villages.

If you rent a boat in the market, try going to one of the side canals in the area. This way you can discover the special lifestyle of the residents who leave near the water. If before you saw the wonderful agricultural produce, here you can see the origins of what is sold in the markets, and how they are grown in such fertile soil.



#Tips

Come here early - if you arrive before 10:00 am, you won't suffer from the massive amounts of tourists that come here.

Bargain, vendors here mean business. Prices here are usually higher, for the tourists. If you couldn't get the price you wanted, move on to another stall.

You can get here by minibus that leaves from Khao San. You can buy tickets at travel agencies around the city.

Wanna try a local non-tourist market? - In a market named "Bang Nampeung" you will meet the real Thailand.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RX6EoEZjYaw



Sailing on the Boats:

https://youtu.be/sTmmEj_27xE?t=4s
Disneyland Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
#About Hong Kong's Kingdom of Fairytales and Legends

Disneyland Hong Kong is a popular amusement park, that opened in 2005 and is located on Lantau Island. The park cost $2 billion to build, and was built on 1,300 square meters that were dried from water.

As is Disney's trademark, Disneyland Hong Kong gives a feeling of a visit to a faraway fantasy land, that Walt Disney designed when he was still alive. Here in Hong Kong, there is also a section for Tomorrowland.

The amusement park here is small and modest compared to other typical parks. Families with small children can enjoy a great day here, like millions of visitors each year.


Disneyland Hong Kong belongs to the Disney Company, and its location in Hong Kong made it necessary for the park to embrace the culture around it. In order to avoid cultural resistance, like what happened in EuroDisney in Paris, characters were added from local stories and legends. The design of the park is in the Feng Shui essence, which is the distancing of bad spirits. While designing the park, the entrance was also moved, so as not to let the Ch'i escape the park.



#What Will You See Here?

You can meet Disney's favorite characters and enjoy attractions and fun rides. Everything here is themed with fairytales and Disney's fantasies, next to experiences from the future, and the Chinese culture.

From the entrance, you will be accompanied by Mickey Mouse to the known rides in the park. In addition, you can see here incredible parades of characters from Disney's stories, and from local Chinese legends.

The four main areas of the park are Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street.

All the main areas in the park are; Main Street, the United States, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.

Near the souvenir shops and restaurants in the park, you will find the Disney Resort, that includes hotels, entertainment centers, and different sportings facilities.


#Tips

Most of the attractions here are suited more and are meant for kids.

It is recommended to order tickets in advance, at discount prices and without waiting in line - for one, two, or three days.

Try coming here on a sunny day!

Arrive at the park by 10:00 am, with the park's opening. The place gets crowded very fast.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0QEx9bRdJxo


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/yF0zs3JL58U

Must See

Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
#About the Museum that Deals with Space and Astronomy

The Hong Kong Space Museum is an experiential museum that fits families and children that are curious and inquisitive, and always thirsty for more knowledge. There are a lot of things to do with the science and technology, from a variety of angles and fields, with a focus on exhibits, that provide information and research in the fields of astronomy and space.

In the few exhibit halls, the planetarium, and movie theater at the museum, you will see a variety of different fascinating displays, movies, and be able to experience different things. All through meeting and seeing hundreds of subjects like space, computers, robotics, communication, energy, and physics.

In the museum, with the dome-shaped like an egg, you can learn and research the world of astronomy. In the planetarium, you will get to experience interesting views of the solar systems and the stars in the galaxy of the Milky Way. There are also models of the solar system, a space shuttle, and information displays of the Chinese space program.

One of the special experiences here is the simulation of walking on the moon. With a system of springs that are tied to a person's body, here you can experience your body weight on the moon, only 1/6 of your body weight on Earth.

Another great experience is the solar telescope in the Solar Hall. From here you can observe the sun.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/F6pRNQAKozo
Acropolis
Acropolis
#About the Acropolis Above the City

You are in one of the most impressive and famous sites in the world, and without a doubt one of the more exciting remains left from the ancient world - the Acropolis. Here, standing tall above the city is a complex for 2,500 years old, full of glory and splendor of the ancient temples.

The name Acropolis means in Greek the Upper City. This is a reinforced hilled that was common in ancient Greece at the time. Actually, the Acropolis was originally used as residential areas for the residents of Athens. Its height and steep cliffs made the Acropolis into a perfect fortress, and protected the citizens against invaders. On the hills the kings would built their castles, and around them lived the commoners. Only when Athens' population grew, slowly people started moving to the foothills of the Acropolis, slowly making it the new religious center of the city. So at the Acropolis, more temples were built for the city.

This is exactly the area you are looking at now - a collection of temples and royal buildings from ancient Athens, where part of the buildings were built during the Roman period, like the library of of Emperor Hadrianus, that was built on the northern side of the Acropolis, in 132 BC

The meaning of the word Acropolis in Greek is - Above the city. See in Guidol's photos, how much the Acropolis of Athens really exemplifies these words.



#Tips

The entrance ticket into the Acropolis, beyond entrance into all the sites at the location, also a few other sites in the area, like the Ancient Agora, the Museum of Archeology of Kerameikos, and more.

Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month. During tourist season (July-September), entrance is actually free on the second Sunday of each month. Additionally, between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free on every Sunday of the month.

Especially during the sunset, and 159 meters above sea level, the Acropolis is a great view point for the city of Athens, that will be laid out right in front of you.




A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/yXAI1-zSYbs
The Kowloon Peninsula
Kowloon Peninsula
#About the Peninsula with the Elephant Trunk

The Kowloon Peninsula is located north of Hong Kong Island and is the largest peninsula in China. It came under Hong Kong rule in 1860, and today is a main commercial center.

In Kowloon, there is an abundance in stores, restaurants, luxury hotels, entertainment centers and vibrant shopping malls, like Nathan Road, the famous shopping street in Hong Kong. Most things are concentrated in Tsim Sha Tsui (meaning elephant trunk), located on the southern edge of Kowloon and is a main tourist attraction.

Especially popular is the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade, on the edge of Victoria Bay. Many believe it is the best vantage point on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. This magnificent promenade stretches along Victoria Harbor, on the side of the Kowloon Peninsula.

The Star Ferry connects Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, which leaves the pier on the promenade and heads for one of the docks at Victoria Harbor. This shuttle is an attraction in itself. On the cruise, you can see the magnificent Kowloon skyline on the one hand and Hong Kong on the other.



#About the Nine Dragon Legend

The name Kowloon, means nine dragons, was given the peninsula in the 13th century. According to legend, this happened after Di Ping, the Emperor of the Song Dynasty, escaped from China. It was the Mongols that swept China from the north and made him flee quickly.

At the same time, the Emperor spend some time on the peninsula. Legend tells that he looked around and saw 8 mountain ranges. It is traditional to believe in China that inside mountains lays a dragon. Since the Emperor himself is considered a dragon, there were 9 dragons, and since the southern part of the peninsula has been named so, Kowloon, nine dragons.


#Tips

The cost of a ferry to Kowloon is really cheap.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GO7TY4OTEgI
Ocean Park
Ocean Park
#About the Amusement Park with the World's Largest Aquarium

Ocean Park in Hong Kong is an entertainment complex, the largest in south and east Asia. This is a huge and wonderful park, that is a wonderful entertaining complex in Hong Kong, for families and children. Children and adults will enjoy the experience alike.

Ocean Park is located on the side of a hill, on the southern side of Hong Kong. A cable railway connects both parts of the park.

Ocean Park is considered the large amusement park on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, an amusement park with many exciting rides, some real beath-stoppers. In addition to the many roller coasters and water rides, you will find the large aquarium.

The large amusement park is the size of 650,000 square meters. It is divided into two sections. First, the largest aquarium in the world, that hosts dolphin and sea lion shows, with rides and varied activities. Next to it, the second section the amusement park full of different things, offering many rides.


#What Will You See Here?

In the two mains parts, Ocean Park offers many activities and different experiences. There are tastes from different "worlds," a world for young children for example, and a peek into Chinese history during different periods.

In the younger part of the park, for small children, you can watch panda bears, crocodiles, different birds, and butterflies. There are dolphin and sea lion feedings, a pagoda with goldfish, a butterfly house, sea lion shows and a shark tank. At the same time, there are also many rides and activities for young children, game stalls, art corners, and magic shows.

In the second and more challenging section, there are many extreme activities, like dropping elevators, roller coasters and whitewater rafting. There are also rides for those who like the middle ground, less frightening, like the Ferris wheel and long cable car.

In the amusement and ride areas, there are nice and well-maintained gardens. A great escalator takes you up from level to level, and special vehicles for children provide a driving experience and a little action. The highlight has to be gondola-like cable car, that in a few minutes will take up to the top of the hill and to the large aquarium.

In the Chinese World in the park, there are wonderful shows that include traditional dances, acrobatics, and juggling.



#Tips

Order your tickets in advance and you can simply skip the line.

To avoid the tourist crowds, try coming to Ocean Park right at opening hours.

For a combination with Victoria's Peak, try leaving at 3:00 pm to the cable car station, and go to to the wonderful "Peak" view towards the amazing city, before and during the sunset.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NOQS9g1k0hg?t=1m22s


Great Attractions for Kids

https://youtu.be/zjdf5IAxmOM


Peak Circle Walk
Peak Circle Walk
#About the Great Walking Trail at the Peak

At Victoria Peak there are walking trails. The nicer of the trails is the Peak Circle Walk that goes around the peak and gives a chance to enjoy the air from the peak and the beautiful view below.

The trail, about 3.5 kilometers, is called the Peak Circle Walk, and it ends at the shopping center at the top of the mountain called the "Gallery."

While walking you can be impressed by the green surroundings, where the rich of Hong Kong live and enjoy walking in real nature, seconds from one of the most crowded and inhabited cities in the world.


#Tips

If you go on the walk about half an hour before the sun sets in the opposite direction (start at Harlech Road and not Lugard Road), you can enjoy the view of the southern side of the island in the afternoon sun. The surprise will come with the sunset, where you will see the wonderful Hong Kong view in the twilight, and the lights turning on across the big city, preparing for darkness.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/tozzAjXY3mQ


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/hD66g45Aea8
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
#About the Museum that Specializes in Tea

The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a museum that specializes in everything having to do with tea, the traditional Chinese ceremony that accompanies it and the tools for making tea. Here you can learn about the history and literary side of tea in the Chinese culture.

The museum is located in an elegant colonial villa, located inside the Hong Kong Park. The villa was built in 1840, and was used in the past as the office of the general of the British forces in Hong Kong. In 1984 the building officially became a museum.

The museum exhibits the evolution of tea, ceremonies and cultural ties and research having to do with teas. There is an impressive display here of varied tea instruments, including ancient ceramic pots that were used by historical Chinese dynasties. You can even see pre-historic tools, that possibly were used to create the drink.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Gg8ueDbFyUE



A Guide:

https://youtu.be/zCnCx2rX6FQ



History of the Museum:

https://youtu.be/Lnw4CgqmKZ4
Hong Kong Park
#About the Park that Was a British Base in the Heart of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Park is located at the center of Hong Kong, and is a big royal park, whose size is over 32 square kilometers. This park, established in 1991, offers a great combination between colonial buildings that were used by the British army, and modern designs and structures that you can see across in the city, in the many skyscrapers.

The massive nature park, provides a green breathing space in the city, there are waterfalls and fish ponds, a Tai Chi garden, vegetarian restaurants, many children's playgrounds, big bird cages, and an athletics center.





A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/CDvGgyiP94Q


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/zYaOw0D_WcY
Tian Tan Buddha
#About the Largest Buddha Statue in the World

The Great Buddha statue, or the exact name "Tian Tan Buddha," is located on Lantau Island. It is a huge bronze statue of Buddha, situated on a hilltop on the island. Until a few years ago the Buddha was the largest sitting Buddha in the world, and is today one of the largest Buddhas in the world.

The sculpture, which weighs about 250 tons, was built in China, with the contribution of believers from all over the world. The Buddha is shown sitting comfortably on the lotus leaves in the center of a three-story building.

From a religious point of view, Buddha Tian Tan symbolizes the harmonious interaction of the triangle of man, religion and nature.

The statue, completed in 1993, was erected near the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Almost from the very first moment it has become a favorite tourist attraction, attracting tourists from around the world, mainly because of its impressive size and location.

The statue was moved to the island, broken into 102 parts. After being built here to a height of 34 meters, it has become one of the largest and most impressive of its kind.

The sight of the great Buddha statue is very impressive, but no less impressive is the view from it, when you look out over the huge forest surrounding the island.


#Tips

Ferry to the island - take a ferry from Pier 7 at the Outlying Islands pier in Central. From the pier on the island itself there is a bus to Buddha.

To the statue arrive many tourists from all over the world, arriving by bus or cable car and after climbing 268 steps.

Entrance to the Buddha statue is free.

Entrance to the exhibition under the Buddha has a small fee.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oebopaol9zM


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/zHDdfc8AWLA
Wat Traimit
#About the Temple that Hid the Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit is not considered a big and fancy temple in Bangkok. What attracts visitors here is mostly the impressive statue, made out of pure gold, of Buddha. The temple, nicknamed the "Golden Buddha Temple," has the statue which is 3 meters tall and weighs 5.5 tons.

The beautiful statue is sitting in the lotus position, relaxed, and many come here to see it. The location of the temple, on Yaowarat street on the edge of China Town, has become one of the tourist sites in this area, loved by many.

The estimated age of the golden Buddha is about 800 years. For hundreds of years this Buddha was hidden in a layer of plaster, making it very large, but less attractive for thieves. It seems the plaster was added around the 18th century, around the War with Burma. After the war the plaster was never removed, and it may be hard to believe, but the Buddha was forgotten.

Only 200 years later, when the statue was removed in 1955 to its current temple, Wat Traimit, it fell from a crane, and cracked. To the eyes of all the beholders an amazing treasure appeared. The treasure was discovered.

Besides the large and impressive Buddha, it's nice to walk around the relaxing garden around the temple.



#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here dressed modestly.

Try getting here earlier in the morning to avoid the big tourist crowds. Later on you can continue to walk around China Town.

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Seeing the Buddha is free, and entering the museum costs 40 Baht.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/q6oD_YhEGxQ
Wat Phra Kaew
# About the Sacred Emerald Temple

The Temple of the Emerald, in Thai Wat Phra Kaew, or Phra Kaew, is considered to be the most sacred place in Thailand. It was built in the 18th century by King Rama I, and is a great example of the beauty of religious Thai archeology.

The temple, which is part of the Royal Palace in Bangkok, includes about 100 buildings with bright colors and golden-colored roofs. Its white color and its increasingly convergent corridors symbolize the center of the world, the holiest place according to Buddhist belief.

In the center of this temple is the most beloved Buddha statue in the kingdom, the Emerald Buddha. There is also a collection of beautiful and impressive Thai art objects. The walls of the temple depict the stories of the Jakata, which depict the Buddha's different life cycles.



#The Emerald or The Emerald Statue

In the Emerald Temple is the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha statue in Thailand. It is a small statue, about 70 centimeters high, of Buddha. It is kept in a glass case on a high altar above the heads of the worshipers. Worshipers flock here in droves to see it and pray, with what the Thais believe, is the treasure of the king's magic.

Although it is called the Emerald Buddha, in fact the statue is not made of emerald, but of jade.

In any case, this image of the Buddha, which many see as the sacred mascot and symbol of the magical power of the King of Thailand, symbolizes the power and independence of the Kingdom of Thailand, along with the good fortune of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Since it was first discovered in 1464, when lightning struck a stupa, a type of pagoda, and split it in two, the statue underwent many transformations. By the time it reached its present residence, the statue had wandered and was a symbol of the transformation of all Siam, the ancient name of today's Thailand. Somewhere in 1551, during the history and regional wars, the Emerald Buddha was taken from here to Laos. In 1778 it was re-captured and returned to Siam.

The statue's high status and its immense national and religious significance in Thailand is shown by the fact that it is the king himself who replaces the Buddha's robes every season. This happens three times a year, at the beginning of the three seasons of the cellular year - the hot, cold and rainy seasons.



#Getting around the Emerald Temple

Three important buildings of the temple complex are the golden stupa with the relics of the Buddha, the Phra Mondop, with the central library of Scripture Buddha in Thailand, and the Royal Pantheon, houses the statues of the Chakri dynasty kings.

Note also the miniature model of the temple of Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, built in Cambodia by the king of Siam, Rama IV. The famous temple was built when the Thai Empire ruled Cambodia. Viewing the model illustrates the power of one of the wonders of the ancient world of Southeast Asia.

In the northwest corner of the complex you will see the royal mausoleum. Where the ash jars of the royal family of the dead, who have died over the generations, are kept. Entry is forbidden to the general public, but also from the outside you can be impressed by the splendor of the kings of Siam here.



#Tips

Make sure you arrive modestly dressed. Do not come in shorts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops or strapless.

Do not listen to the drivers outside if they say the place is closed. Their reasoning is difficult to understand, and you have opening hours.

After passing through the palace compound from Emerald Temple to the palace itself, you will not be able to go back to the temple.

At the entrance to the temple, one must take off his shoes and the photograph is forbidden.

Women should not touch the monks.

The ticket price is about 200 baht.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MqF7ysFnz3s
Wat Pho
#About the Temple of the Laying Buddha in Bangkok

Wat Pho Temple, mainly known as the Laying Buddha Temple, is the oldest and biggest of all the temples in Bangkok.

At Wat Pho you can see the statue of the Laying Buddha, its length is 46 meters, and the height is 15 meters. In the statue Buddha is laying down and is covered in gold, while his massive feet are covered with drawings and pearls. Not only his feet, but also his eyes are decorated with pearls.

Many visitors are certain that in the statue Buddha is sleeping, but the truth is that he is in the nirvana position, or as it is called in Buddhism, Nibbana, this is the largest laying Buddha statue in Thailand.

This is not the only Buddha here. The Laying Buddha Temple has the largest number of Buddha statues in Thailand. In the Temple are over 1,000 statues. Most of these were brought from the ruins of temples from Thailand's former capital.

This is also the oldest temple among all of Thailand. It is older than the city itself, and was first built over 200 years before Bangkok became the capital city. During the period of King Rama I the temple was almost completely rebuilt. This is when Bangkok became the capital of Siam, the empire that will eventually become Thailand.



#What is the Laying Buddha - Courtesy of the Eureka Encyclopedia

The Laying Buddha is a huge statue, its length is 46 meters and the height is 15 meters. It is covered in gold and its legs are decorated with pearls. Around the statue are 108 bowls that represent the 108 characteristics of one who is meant to be Buddhist. It's tradition to put coins into them, one for each bowl!

Wat Pho, where the Buddha lays, is the largest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This is also the oldest temple in the city, and many tourists come here to see the big and majestic statue.

Notice the large granites in the inner courts of the temple. These were imported to Thailand in ancient times, to counterweigh Chinese ships, that came empty to Thailand. When the boats sailed stocked with merchandise to China, the granite pills were left in Bangkok and throughout the years have become statues. Some are different yoga positions, and some are of former warriors and philosophers. One of them is said to represent Marco Polo.



#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here dressed modestly, not shorts or tank tops.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rifGqCrxSKw
Wat Arun
#About the Thai Temple of Dawn

One of the most beautiful scenes, which will stay in your memory for a long time after your visit, is the sight of Wat Arun at sunset.

Wat Arun is also called the Temple of Dawn. It is dedicated to the Hindu god of the dawn, the god Aruna. The height of the Prang, the central pagoda of the temple, built in the Cameri style, is 79 meters. It is decorated with ceramic pieces and white marble.

The temple was built on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river that divides Bangkok. On the other side of the river, right across from Wat Arun is Wat Po and the King's palace. Try and find a good viewpoint from the eastern bank of the river, and stay for the sunset to get one of the most romantic and impressive views in Bangkok.

This is an impressive Temple, it is special and had become a main symbol of the city, known all over the world, more so than the King's palace. Next to the temple of the Laying Buddha, and the Emerald Temple, it is considered a part of a triangle of holiness in Bangkok.



#The Temple of Dawn's Architecture

The most prominent and famous element in Wat Arun is the central fringe. Prang is a Cambodian-style tower and here you can see what it is like in the Japanese pagoda.

The central Prang height of the temple is 79 meters. This prominent pagoda is decorated with porcelain tiles and colorful fragments of Chinese porcelain. This Prang symbolizes "Mount Marrow," the mythological mountain that appears in Indian cosmology. Its two terraces lead to a steep, exteriors that allow you to ascend and overlook the river area.

Around the high Prang are the four smaller, smaller Prangs. They are dedicated to the spirit god "Cow Pai." These Prang decorations are made of shells and porcelain pieces that were once a counterweight of ships that arrived in Bangkok from China.

The Prangs are surrounded by figures of Chinese soldiers and ancient animals. Notice the demons, the green and the white on the entrance. The white demon is called "sahasatjeh" and the green is "tasakanat." Both are taken from the Ramayana, the mythical epic that is written as a song, describing the deeds of God and King Rama. Incidentally, the first version of this epic is considered to be the earliest poetry composed and heard in the world.

On the other balcony, you can see the four statues of Hindu god Indra, riding on Arawan, the elephant from mythology.

Above the roof at the front of the Accreditation Hall next to the Prangs, you will see a pointed turret decorated with colored ceramics with plaster elements that are also floating. In front of the building are two statues of demons guarding it. Within the hall itself you will be able to see the image of the Buddha Narrator. Tradition tells us that this statue was designed by King Rama II.

The six Prangs, the stylish pavilions by the river, were built in Chinese style, made of green granite stone.



#Wat Arun's History

Arun Temple was built in 1809, in the days of the Kingdom of Ithaya. The builder of the Buddhist temple was General Thaksin, who became king after the fall of Tylahia. Originally it was called Wat Makok, which means "The Temple of Olives."

When Thonburi was the capital of Thailand, King Taskin changed the name of the temple to Wat Chang. For a while, there was an emerald Buddha statue, the one that in 1784 was moved to Phra Kaew.

In the 19th century, the temple was renamed again by King Rama II, who also enlarged the central Prang and restored the Temple. King Rama III and his successor, Rama IV, who also gave the temple its present name, continued with the work.



#Tips

Make sure to arrive in modest dressing.

As a part of the canal tours of the channels behind Wat Arun, or at a stop on a longtail boat ride, you can go from the Tha Tien Pier.

A boat ride costs 3 Baht, and entrance into the temple is 30 Baht.

The temple is open daily between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Try getting to the temple are sunset, and enjoy the beautiful Bangkok view.

Don't listen to taxi drivers who tell you the temple is closed, they are trying to drive you somewhere else.



The Temple of Dawn at Dawn:

https://youtu.be/HGcxNbNyhds



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BxHguEz0_w0
Galata Tower
#About the Ancient Tower with Pencil Top and Panoramic View

In the center of the new city, on the northern bank of the Golden Horn and in the heart of the commercial center, market and port of Constantinople, stands the Galata Tower (Galata Külesi), identified by its pointed dome, which resembles the point of a pencil.

It is only 62 meters high, but the Galata Tower is still one of the most prominent buildings on the northern skyline of Istanbul. You can go up and view from the balcony at the base of the dome, the Golden Horn, the old city and the magnificent view of Istanbul. The magnificent view offers 360 degrees to the city and its surroundings and is especially beautiful in the afternoon and evening.

In addition to the observation point, there is also a restaurant and a nightclub at the top of the Galata Tower. So what became a viewpoint at the Galata, became a clear observation point for tourists who were amazed by the view of Istanbul.

The tower is located in the medieval Genoa neighborhood. It is an area in a city that was once known as a difficult and poor area, with quite a bit of crime and violence. Today, it has undergone significant change and is considered one of Istanbul's entertainment attractions.


#History of the tower

The Galata Tower was originally built in the Byzantine period, as part of the fortifications of the city. It was destroyed later, rebuilt and destroyed several times, including during the Ottoman Empire period.

The next significant time it was rebuilt was in the 14th century. This construction, in 1348, was in the hands of Italians. It was then built in the heart of the merchants' colony that was here. They came here from Genoa, Italy, and the tower served as the northernmost defensive site on the walls of the city.

During the Ottoman period, the tower was used for various purposes, including a warning observation of fires during certain periods, during the days of Sultan Suleiman as a prison, and in the 16th century during the reign of Murad III as a star observatory.

In the modern era, the tower has ceased to be relevant to the city's security. In the 1960's, the Galata Tower became a tourist center, and in 1990 it was renovated and opened to the general public. Today it is especially known for its pointed shape and its balcony, which has a great view of the Old City and the Golden Horn, the magnificent bay that emerges from the Bosporus.


#Was Flight Born in Galata?

Local history tells us that from the Galata Tower, an Ottoman scientist called Ahmet Chalabi jumped off somewhere in the 17th century and began to fly out of the tower using artificial wings. According to legend, he flapped his wings until he could fly and reach the other side of the Bosphorus Strait.

It is not clear how true these legends are, but history backs up some of them. Zaraphan Ahmet Chalabi was indeed a scientist from the Ottoman Empire of the early 17th century, who lived during the reign of Sultan Murad IV. He was doing his experiments on the flight right here. At one point, the adventurous pilot tried to fly from this tower toward the Oscoder. He did use artificial wings. Some report that he failed and was forced to land an emergency landing, while others say he reached to the other side of the Bosphorus.

In any case, the Sultan appreciated the achievement of the Turkish Icarus, and awarded him a large money prize. Under the influence of clerics and an attempt to prevent others from imitating the bold pilot, he exiled the pilot to Algeria.

It is possible, then, that the Ottoman scientist who preceded the Wright Brothers and even the Mongolians in the study of aviation, succeeded in flying with his muscles and wings made from the feathers of an eagle, to a considerable distance.

The evidence for this appears in a book by historian and traveler named Evia Chalabi, a man who is skeptical about his descriptions, especially because he tends to exaggerate and give details that have no factual support. But the Turks believe in the matter and the name of their aviation pioneer is now called the Zaraphan airport in Istanbul. Much respect!



#Tips

It is worth visiting the tower in the afternoon or evening.



#A Visit:

https://youtu.be/EdPZvWKzUaI



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/WopUYO2hbRU


Saint John's Cathedral
#About the Missionary Cathedral of Hong Kong

Saint John's Cathedral is among the most ancient Anglican churches in Asia. It is built in the shape of a cross and is located inside a small tropical garden, among the city skyscrapers in Hong Kong's Finance District.

The cathedral, built in 1847, is considered one of the most ancient gothic Victorian buildings in Hong Kong. Even in an international context, the Saint John's Cathedral is a nice place to pass a Sunday morning. At the end of this spiritual visit, this is a great starting point for the rest of your day in Hong Kong and the area. This is because of the location of the church, near the Peak Tram that travels to Victoria Peak.



#Tips

Try coming to the cathedral on Sundays. The Anglican ceremony takes place at 11:40 am.

The cathedral is open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm for prayer and meditation.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/w4UxSOONtB0?t=10s


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/Fxn9PEtpyI4
Kowloon Park
#About the Park that Was Once a Poor Neighborhood

Kowloon Park, a nice and popular public park, is much loved by both locals and tourists alike.

There are many attractions to enjoy here. With the great Hong Kong weather, locals and tourists in town can enjoy the activities and nature.

In the park, designed in a traditional Chinese way, are many attractions for all ages. You can find here areas with amazing views, many kinds of flowers, trees, lawns, and birds. There is a small lake, a bird watching station, a playground, a maze, playing areas, cute Japanese gardens, statues, greenhouses and more.

In Kowloon Park, located in an area where once a poor neighborhood used to be, today offers visitors an experience of walking around different gardens.

In the park, there are many ways to be active, starting from walking and running trails, to a sports center that includes basketball and squash courts, ping-pong tables, a gym, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.



#Tips

Opening hours every day of the week at 5:00 am to midnight.

Every Sunday between 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the statue garden you can see an incredible Kung Fu performance - for free!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/V8y2OajFvI4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/Jt67euxmFVU?t=1m10s
Victoria Peak
#About the Popular Vantage Point of Hong Kong

One of the most visited destinations in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, known as Tai Ping Shan, or simply "The Peak," a green peak 544 meters above the city. It has a spectacular view point, allowing you to view from above the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong, the vast cluster of towers, the sea surrounding the island and the South China Sea.

This is a place from which you can see the contrasts in this interesting city. The place, once an exclusive residence for the wealthy Europeans of the city, is today the city's most famous observation point, offering a two-way view. From one side of the observation deck you can see the skyscrapers of this modern city all the way to the harbor, while the other side is dominated by nature, as the southern Chinese Sea spreads over some of its 263 islands.

The vantage point at the top is the highest and best point to view on Hong Kong Island. This is a place that should not be missed and the feeling here is like on the roof of the world. If you arrive before sunset, you will also benefit from the observation in the dark, which is wonderful and from which even those who are less connected to urban landscapes are impressed.

At the summit itself stands the Peak Tower building, a unique building offering the best view below. It also has restaurants, souvenir shops and a bustling video arcade.


#What Do you See from Here?


As you ascend to the summit with the tram, you can enjoy watching the spectacular scenery of Hong Kong as a whole. From here you can view from above on Hong Kong at 360 degrees.

From here you'll see the famous Victoria Harbor, the bay, the Kowloon Peninsula and the green areas of the new territories. Next are Lamma Island and the island of Lantau. On clear days you can see from here for dozens of kilometers, to all sides.

The Hong Kong skyline from this angle is breathtaking and shows an incomparable image in the world. During the night, Hong Kong covers a colorful blanket of lights that reflects on the water and offers a spectacular view.

On the hill, on the first floor of the tower, is the Madame Tussauds Museum with over 100 wax dolls.

The experience here is complemented by Ripley's Believe It or Not, the experiential simulator on floors 2 and 3, souvenir shops, restaurants and a small shopping center.

Hiking lovers can find a few hiking trails around the green grove.


#Tips

It is worth it to get to the top about an hour before sunset and enjoy the view during the day, and also during sunset and at night, when the skyscrapers of Hong Kong are illuminated by a colorful and wonderful light.

Dinner in front of the spectacular scenery is a romantic pleasure and a special experience!

It has to be produced in Tram - about 8 minutes of an unforgettable experience. This is a scenic hike from the Garden Road to the Victoria Summit. Take the 100-year-old Peak Tram, which leaves Garden Road and rises above 370 meters and 40 degrees uphill.

Hiking - Recommended an hour before sunset. Earning the changing landscape from daytime to sunset and evening. The climb is not very difficult, although it also has a 7-minute staircase.

For a free view, head to the Peak Galeria Shopping Center and reach the free observation area.





A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/aiyJ16t-hS4


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/XQbv6-VpcvI
Pak Khlong Talat
#About Bangkok's Flower Market

Pak Khlong Talat is open 24 hours a day, and in this covered market, you can see an unimaginable number and colors of flowers, in bouquets, decorations, or in any form. This market is a wonderful destination, vibrant and popular for photos in the city.

The origin of the market's name means, "Market of the meeting canals," is near the Chao Phraya River.

This is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in the Bangkok area, and Thailand's most important source of fresh flowers. Here you can see rare and flower-based works of art, such as flower sculptures and animal models made of flowers.

Besides flowers, you can find at the market an endless supply of accessories for flowers and flower bouquets. There are varieties of vases, ribbons, and other decorations. Flower enthusiasts can also find here many things to bring home.

The high peaking hours of the market are during the nights and early mornings. During the evenings boats come to the river and dock on the pier near the market, and unload the supply of flowers from near and far. From all around Thailand, hundreds of trucks arrive, that unload their flower supplies. In a short amount of time, many of these flowers are sold in big bundles that will be distributed to flower stores, temples that will sell flowers to followers, and hotels and businesses around Bangkok.



#What will you see at the Flower Market?

The huge flower market in front of you is actually a collection of five different and adjacent markets, creating a colorful celebration of colors, shapes and smells. In the market, which covers a wide area, you will see a huge selection of varieties of flowers and plants, along with bouquets, necklaces and very beautiful flower decorations.

Amongst the hundreds of stalls crowded with flowers in the market, you'll see quite a few stalls that offer flower arrangements for special events, such as weddings and birthdays, and flower arrangements for various festive and ritual purposes. An in-depth look will show you women sitting in the market stalls themselves and making bouquets of flowers and prayer beads, decorations and animals from flowers, beautiful flower chains and more. Pay attention to the patience with which they do their jobs and the fact that many of them have babies children,and that they sit there hours on end each day waiting on their moms.

Along with the flower sellers in the colorful market, you can also see vegetable stalls, fruit and spices and even tiny restaurants, one or two tables serving market workers and visitors.



#Flowers in the Market

In Bangkok's Flower Market you will see a wide variety of flowers and beautiful local flowers. You will see endless varieties of flower grown here, like lotus, jasmine, roses, and gerberas. There are also imported flowers sold here, like irises and tulips.

But without a doubt, the king of this market is the orchid. This is the most popular flower in the market. See here the dozens of orchid varieties, sticking out in all sorts of places with different sizes and colors. If you are an orchid fan, you will feel in heaven here. When you are surrounded by all the colors and sizes possible, you will definitely take photos and treasure these memories.



#History of the Flower Market

Bangkok's Flower Market is over 200 years old. This was originally a fish market for fish and seafood. During the second half of the 20th century the market turned into the flower market you see today, when bit by bit more flowers were brought and sold here. The success has been so big, that more and more merchants come here. Slowly flowers became the main symbol of this market, and this became the flower market for all of Thailand.



#Tips

A special visit to this market is after midnight, when vendors receive their supplies and the market is in full force, but very different than during the day. Most of the big deals happen here between the hours 2 am and 6 am.

If you decide to visit here, visit early in the morning. If you come here before 10 am, then you won't suffer from the large amounts of tourists and crowds.

Bargain - Vendors here mean business. The prices here are usually high, because of the popularity among tourists. Make sure to bargain for a good price, and if you didn't get what you were looking for, move one to the next stall.



A Closer Look at the Bangkok Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/wlwCMCCPI2s



A Day In Bangkok's Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/ydZzI4paxOw
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