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Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple
#About the Oldest Temple in Tokyo

Although it looks entirely new, the Sensoji Temple, or Senso-ji Temple, is the oldest temple in all of Tokyo. It was restored after its destruction in World War II, and the Japanese are proud of it and of its past, which symbolizes their resilience to the historical difficulties they have experienced.

Legend has it that two brothers built it, in 645. After returning the statue of the goddess of mercy to the river, Bosato Kannon, they found themselves fishing the statue out of the river over and over again. A landlord who heard about it told the brothers excitedly about Buddha and they became dedicated Buddhists. The three built the temple and erected the statue of the Goddess, the one that the brothers kept fishing out of the river.

By the way, the three temple builders are buried today in the temple of Asakusa, which is named after them, "Hall of the Three Gods."

The current building at Sansoji Temple, in the Asakusa Quarter, is a reconstruction of the ancient temple, established here in the 7th century CE, also known as Asakusa Kannon, which was destroyed in World War II. Today, after a renovation that brought it back to its glory days, the 1,400-year-old temple stands on its original hill.



#What is in the Temple

At the entrance to the temple you will see the gate of Kaminarimon, named for the local god of thunder. It is a large red gate, adorned with figures of the god of thunder.

In the courtyard of the compound look for the large incense vase, which stands outside. This vase has, according to belief, medicinal properties. Buddhist believe that the smell of incense is the air the gods breathed. Here you can see how using only hands, the Japanese lead the smell of incense towards their bodies. They aim at the diseased or painful area and hope for healing.

The main interest in the temple is the prediction of the future. For a small fee, you will be allowed pull a stick that looks like a long chopstick, with a prophecy that appears on it as a small painting. The painting on the stick can be compared to the painting on one of the wooden drawers in the temple. In the drawer there will be an explanation waiting for you, or a kind of prophecy about the fate that awaits you. A booklet with English translation can be obtained from the local monks in the compound. Those who have received a pink fate come out smiling and those who do not - tend to tie the prophecy to special threads that are waiting for this purpose nearby.

Next to the temple you will see Nakamise Street, where there are a variety of colorful stalls and shops where you can buy souvenirs and Japanese snacks.



#Tips

The entrance is free, both to Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it.

Opening hours - Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/fcZ6VF22tr8
Wat Saket
Wat Saket
#About the Artificial Hill with the Temple

Until the 1960's, the Golden Mount in Wat Saket was the highest place in Bangkok. It is an artificial hill 78 meters high above which stands a spiky golden turret. Faith says that the remains of the Buddha are preserved here.

The temple and the hill are popular tourist attractions and symbols of Bangkok. The climb to the top of the hill is considered here as "tum bon," a Buddhist practice for the accumulation of good deeds. These give the believer credit points that will help them be born again into an incarnation. This is one of the reasons that Wat Saket, known here as the "Golden Hill Temple," is a pilgrimage destination for many Buddhists in Thailand and in Bangkok itself.

From the top of the hill you can see the view of old Bangkok. There are lots of bells in the temple, with wonderful sounds, which you are welcome to ring. There are also wonderful gardens, with flowers of many colors and species, beautiful waterfalls and monks walking down the paths and down the stairs, in a calm manner. The atmosphere here is spiritual and somewhat mysterious, perhaps because visitors know that the ground of the artificial hill contains the ashes of 60,000 dead people.



#About the Temple

The Golden Hill Temple, or Wat Saket, is a Buddhist Temple from the Ayutthaya period. Back then it was called Wat Saka. It began when King Rama III decided to build a big building. But the building was destroyed during construction due to the soft earth it was built on, and the remains were abandoned, what led to its nickname being the "hill."

The temple was renovated by the king of Thailand when Bangkok became the capital of the kingdom. This is also when its name was changed to Wat Saket. During the reign of Rama IV the building construction on the hill began. The construction was completed only during the reign of King Rama V. This is also when the Buddha remains were brought here.

In the early 20th-century cement walls were built that surround the royal hill, to protect and strengthen the temple.

Every November there is a ceremony here in candlelight on the top of the hill.



#Tips

Come here dressed modestly, and not wearing shorts and tank tops.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Tlhu7swjejA



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/ljkIjqwnkTo



A Tour:

https://youtu.be/dfUhGM8do3k
Toshogu Shrine
Toshogu Shrine
#About the Ancient Temple

Toshogu Shrine is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. It is a temple built in 1627, in honor of Tokugawa Shogunate, and renovated in 1651.

The main fame of the Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the first Shogunate, comes from its central gate, called Karamon. You will find, among other things, a huge traditional lamp, one of the largest lamps in Japan and the magnificent dragon engravings.

During its years of existence, the Toshogu Shrine has survived a variety of disasters, such as earthquakes, fires and wars.



A Closer Look at the Toshogu Shrine:

https://youtu.be/n6HOH_IggDQ?t=2m31s



The Shrine's Prayer:

https://youtu.be/JaSMMfpRX4I
Meiji Jingu
Meiji Jingu
#About the Shrine in Tokyo

Meiji Shrine in the Harajuku quarter in the center of Tokyo is the Shinto Temple, the common religion in Japan. It is a national symbol established in 1920 and named after Emperor Meiji, the Japanese emperor of the 19th century who is considered the modern father of Japan.

The Shrine of Meiji, known and famous for its New Year's Day celebrations, is an active and vibrant temple. In particular, you can see it on Sundays, when masses of people visit the 1,000-acre compound.

The temple serves for quite a few traditional wedding ceremonies, in the Japanese style. If you see a ceremony while you are here, you will enjoy seeing family relatives in a traditional kimonos, and the men in Western suits.

The temple complex includes beautiful gardens, which blossom in June, during the season of the iris. In fact, the temple is located in Yoyogi Park in the young and colorful Harajuku district. It is said here that the rich vegetation is based on excellent contributions by pilgrims to the most important temple in Japan for Shinto believers.

Even if you do not believe, before entering the Temple, cleanse yourself on the beautiful trough in front of the entrance. Rub some water on your hands and rinse your mouth with the metal cups. Now you are pure, and ready to enter into the Shine.

At the entrance to the temple itself there are special tables at which the Japanese throw a coin, for donations. They then clap hands to draw the attention of the gods. Even after prayer, it is customary to clap and announce that the prayer is over.




#About the Shinto Religion

This Shinto Shrine was built in 1920. It is especially famous for the New Year's Day celebrations that have been going on here for many years. The Temple is a pilgrimage site and the rich vegetation surrounding it, is entirely of donations from pilgrims.

Shinto, the basic religion of Japan, was once the religion of the state here. Today it is subject to the individual's decision.

Shinto shrines will be found everywhere in Japan. These temples are often erected to indicate mountains, rivers, forests, waterfalls and other natural phenomena, which are especially good and beautiful.



#Tips
After visiting the temple complex on Sunday morning, head to the Yoyogi Koen Park and watch the young and colorful, sometimes even wild and youthful street fashion of Tokyo's youth. Among the colorful youngsters in their clothing, hair and makeup, you can also enjoy intriguing street performances.

After visiting the temple, you should go for a walk in the surrounding park. Especially beautiful to visit here in June, the blossom season of the iris.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ouq7GiYaP74

Temples

Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod
#About the Ancient Temple that Egpyt Gave to Spain as a Present

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple that is located in the well-maintained Parque del Oeste.

The temple was moved from its original spot in south Egypt, when it was given as a gift to the Spanish government in 1968. The gift was given by the Egyptian government, as a thank you gesture for a Spanish team of architects, who were brought through UNESCO, for preserving temples like the Abu Simbel Temples, that were in danger during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the flooding created in Nassar Lake.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Spain and rebuilt near the Royal Palace of Madrid, not far from Plaza de Espana. This is a small temple with one floor. Many stairs lead to it in the park, for it is located on a hill, from which is a beautiful view. Around the temple are pools, and two of the three original gates. The pools create beautiful reflections, that look really nice in photos.



#About the Temple Itself

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple built originally in southern Egypt.

This is a temple from the 4th century AD, on whose interior walls can be seen ancient Egyptian inscriptions. It was originally dedicated to God Amun. The steps leading to the display of a model where it was located in Egypt, from where it was brought to Spain.

The building began in the ancient times by Kushite king of Meroë. Originally, it held only a small prayer room, and was dedicated as a prayer place for the God Amun. The steps lead to a nice display about Egypt, where the temple was originally located.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Madrid, the capital of Spain, and rebuilt here, exactly like the original.



#Tips

The temple is open until 1:00 pm daily, try arriving in the morning, as early as possible.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/qjF64LbZkqQ
Cape Sounio
Cape Sounion
#About the Temple of Poseidon with the Beautiful Sunsets

The Temple of Poseidon is located in Cape Sounion, in the corner of the Sounion peninsula

The temple, who many simply call Cape Sounion, is one of the most famous temples in Greece, and without a doubt of the most impressive, not only in its classic architecture, but also in its location. This is an ancient site located on an extremely picturesque spot, on a hill located right at the end of the Sounion peninsula, surrounded by the endless blue sea, with a panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf towards the faraway islands, especially the island of Patroklos that is right across.

For thousands of years that the remains of the monumental Temple of Poseidon have been overlooking the Cape towards the sea. It stands on the high hill at the southern end of Attica Island, only 69 miles southwest of Athens and thousands of years from the modern age.

By the way, a pretty place to take a photo of the temple is from the hill nearby. From here you can capture the temple and the marble columns across from the blue sea, with white sailing boats in the background.



#History of the Temple of Poseidon

The temple was built around the year 440 BC, during the Classic period of Ancient Greece. This was apparently part of the famous building plan of Pericles in Ancient Athens. Researchers are certain that the Temple of Poseidon itself was designed by the same architect that built the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens.

Actually, the Temple of Poseidon was built over the ruins of an earlier temple, that was destroyed about 40 years before the construction. These were the soldiers of Xerxes I, who invaded the ancient temple and destroyed it, while destroyed the Acropolis as well. Xerxes I is the Greek named for Ahasuerus I, King of Persia Hamman in the years 485 to 465 BC.


The beauty of the place left a big impression of many throughout history. In the Sounion peninsula and Cape Sounion visited one of the most well-known people to have been influenced by the place. This was the British poet Lord Byron. He visit here between 1810-1811, when he made his first visit to Greece and lived in Athens for a few months. The name of the romantic English poet is etched today on the base of one of the temple's columns, it is though that he himself carved the words into the stone, though this is not proven. Either way, the Lord Byron also reminds Sounion in his song "Isle of Greece":

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep
Where nothing save the waves
and I May hear our mutual murmurs sweep.



#Fun at Cape Sounion

A half day trip or full day trip to the area of Vouliagmeni, south of Athens, and particularly Cape Sounion on its southern tip, will be a lot of fun for everyone. Not far from the temple you will see wonderful beaches, where you can combine a pleasant Middle Eastern vacation, with the historical culture that is seen in this classic and impressive temple to the god Poseidon.

In general, Cape Sounion is really close to the center of Greece, and is no more than an hour and a half from Athens, or a 20-minute ride from Athens' international airport. Come and visit!



#Tips

The temple is open every day from 9:30 am until sunset.

The entrance fee is 4 euros per person.

There is an eatery at the entrance to the site, but be sure to bring a water bottle with you, it may get hot.



A Closer Look at the Cape Sounion:


https://youtu.be/Bk7BeWrDyww



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/Kuu2CXIyE2I
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
#About the Temple Center for the Goddess of the Sea

The Tin Hau Temple is a beautiful temple, at the heart of Kowloon on the seashore. It is considered the most ancient temple around Hong Kong.

In the complex, developed in 1868, are 5 small temples all bound together. The complex is dedicated to Tin Hau, the Chinese goddess of the sea. In Hong Kong alone there are over 60 temples dedicated to her.

In the temple, as in many other temples to Tin Hau, you can join the celebrations for the goddess of the sea. For hundreds of years the birthday of the goddess has been a holiday in Hong Kong, combined with a festival and big celebrations. During the festival there is the main event - a flotilla of decorated fishing boats departing from Kowloon and arriving at the Tin Hau Temple.

Also, the celebrations include colorful parades, with Kung Fu shows, drummers, dancers, and dragons and lions. For metropolitan Hong Kong, these celebrations hold a special place of tradition, a connection between the glorious past of the region and citizens, and today.



#Tips

In the Tin Hau Temple, you can meet a fortune teller that will tell you your future.

Entrance to the temple is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/R7rXf4grmxE



The Dragon Ceremony in the Tin Hau Festival:

https://youtu.be/Ac36Zdt2Mg8



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/uEUAoLy_KsI
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin
#About the Temple Used by Three Religions

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin is incredibly pretty and colorful, it is a monestary named after the monk and saint Wong Tai Sin. The man is known for his healing powers as well as other powers, like seeing the future.

Sik Sik Yuen is a Taoist temple, that combines in one temple the three main religions of China: Buddhism, Toaism, and Confucianism. Believers come here to make wishes and have their future told.

Over the years this temple has become one of the most well-known and visited temples on Hong Kong Island, and one of the most important in the city. At almost every hour you can see believers, hanging up incenses in the main hall of the temple and laying flowers. The temple is also called Wong Tai Sin.

In parallel, notice the impressive and special decorations in the temple.


#Tips

Entrance to the temple is free

In the Good Wish Gardens near the temple where you can rest and enojy a nice park.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nlW2JAPoNqM


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/uUJSs2phtlA


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/cwgH7uSLHpM


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/m4pdE3g4caM


Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
#About the Monastery with the Endless Buddhas

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a Monastery whose name proceeds it, and is one of the holiest sites in Hong Kong. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was built in the 1950's by Yuet Kai, who built it until his very last days.

The monastery is located near the Sha Tin area, in a neighborhood called the New Territories. There are no less than 13,000 statues of Buddha, near the thousands of Buddhas that fill the walls of the temple, is a red light. Notice the center of the monastery, where the large golden Buddha sits. Next to him are some small tombstones, pictures and names of people.

The monastery is located on a terraced hill, and has 431 stairs leading to the top, all painted in red, and the staircase is accompanied by many statues of golden Buddhas, life-sized, and different from one another, each one is in a different position. Nearby you can see the wonderful view of the whole area, with the Chinese Buddhist view that is breathtaking.

Today the monastery on Fook Hil is not operating. There are no monks and it is open to visitors.




#Tips

The entrance to the monastery is free.

On the upper deck of the monastery, you will find a Buddhist restaurant, vegetarian of course, that imitates perfectly meat dishes. You can eat here 'fish' dishes, with no meat, that imitate the taste and texture of fish, also a vegetarian eel, lamb's foot, spare ribs, and more. The vegetable and mushroom dishes are also really good.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/trgN-hggjEY


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/54Br3rTyQ2g
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 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
Marble Temple
#About Bangkok's Fancy Temple

Wat Benchamabophit, or the Marble Temple, is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Thailand. The Marble Temple received its name for its expensive Italian marble, which decorates the entire temple.

The temple began being built in 1899, by order of King Rama V. Benchamabophit means the temple of the fifth king. It is no coincidence that the king of Thailand wanted a temple here. After building his new palace in the area, and building the nearby Dusit district, the king wanted a temple for himself and his family.

In the Buddist monastery adjacent to the temple, is a religious school for Buddhist monks, learning and educating themselves about Buddhism. The current Thai king also received his education here before being crowned king.



#The Temple's Architecture

The temple is influenced by European architecture, and was built for King Rama V, whose ashes are buried here. The architect was the king's half brother, Prince Narai. There is a collection of bronze Buddha statues, and European clergy items.

The modern exterior of the temple is influenced by European architecture of the 19th century, by using marble and big stained-glass windows. All these were combined with many traditional elements of classical Thai buildings.

At Benchamabophit, the white marble walls are not the only things that sparkle. It seems that marble here is everywhere, the impressive columns, the lion gateway that protects the entrances, and the marble garden.

The inside of the temple offers a very luxurious feeling, enhanced by the golden columns that support the roof. Within many niches, you can see important monks' paintings throughout the history of Buddhism in Thailand. In the courtyard are over 50 portraits of Buddha.

In addition, there are many relaxation areas in the garden and the surrounding area.




#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here in modest dress.

Best to come here by tuk-tuk or by taxi. Buses in Bangkok are not organized enough, and are very confusing for tourists, and you may get very lost coming here by bus.

Don't believe the people outside the temple selling rare gems, it's a trick!

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




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/l4-gCEBYmrA
Man Mo Temple
#About the Temple to the Gods of War and Literature

On Hollywood Road, the ancient road in Sheung Wan, is the Man Mo Temple. This is one of the most important temples in the city - a Daoist Temple, the smells of incents filling the air and the sounds of the gong ringing every time a donation is received.

The temple is located in the famous Hollywood Road district, near a line of ancient stores for art pieces. It was built in 1847 for the God of War and Literature.

When you approach the temple, you will see from the outside 8 immortal cast figures, that protect the temple from the inside and out. Notice the ceramic ceiling, typical of south-Chinese architecture.

The Man Mo Temple has two sections, each one dedicated and named after one of the two gods it is dedicated to - the God of Literature Man Cheong, and the God of War Mo Kwan Yu. The first one, Man, is the Chinese god of public servants. These have always been an educated group in the Mandarine culture. The second, Mo, god of war and Chinese fighting techniques.

Notice the little paper offerings designed to please the souls of the dead. Also, pay attention to the candles with the many incense coils. These are hung up from the ceiling, and fill up the space in a comforting aroma. On the red notes hung on them, there are wishes of those who made donations. Each coil burns for about two weeks.

See the followers quietly place their offerings on the altar, murmuring prayers, clattering with sticks of luck and walking in silence.

There are more impressive temples in Hong Kong, however, Man Mo Temple absorbs a special air that makes the visit and experience into a religious and anthropological unique experience.



#Tips

The temple is open every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The entrance to the temple is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/trgN-hggjEY



A Visit:

https://youtu.be/54Br3rTyQ2g
Temple of Hephaistos
#About Athens' Most Preserved Temple

The Temple of Hephaistos is also called Hephaisteion, is one of the local sites in the Ancient Agora of Athens. It was built in 449 BC, two years before the construction of the Parthenon, on the hill of Kolonos Agoraios, that overlooks the Ancient Agora.

It is uncertain to which Greek god this temple is dedicated. There is an assumption that it is to the god Hephaestus, god of volcanos and blacksmithing in Greek Mythology, and the one who created the armor for Achilles in the epic poem 'The Iliad." Sculptures of worship of him were found in the temple, and it is important to mention that sculptures of Athena were also found, the goddess of pottery and crafts.

On the other hand, it is completely possible that the temple was dedicated to the hero Theseus. Metopes were found here, a kind of rectangular slates, containing reliefs that told his stories.

Its building, by the way, was led by the legendary Athens leader, Pericles, and it was the first temple built in Athens of marble. In the 7th century, this temple was converted to the St. George Akamas Church, with a surrounding wall. In the 19th century, protestant soldiers were buried here, who died in the Greek Independence War of 1821. In 1834 it became a museum, and at the start of the 21st century, it was restored back to its original design as a Greek temple.

Either way, Hephaisteion is considered the best-preserved temple in Athens in consideration of its old age, about 2,500 years, its condition is still completely in one piece, that enables visitors a glimpse into the past.




#The Temple's Architecture

This temple is smaller than the Parthenon, that was built two years afterward, and is very similar.

The Temple of Hephaistos is elevated around the Ancient Agora, and is in a rectangular shape, closed off on three sides. The fourth and open side lets the sunrays into the structure, straight into the temple.

The inner space of the temple is surrounded by Doric pillars on four sides. In the temple are 34 of these Doris pillars, who support the roof that has partially survived. Notice that wooden roof, with ceramic tiles above the temple.

You can see at the entrance to the temple the horizontal decorations from stone, that adorn the tops of the pillars following the entrance into the temple's hall. Notice the plaques that describe the events of the heroes of Athens, Theseus and Herakles.




A Closer Look at the Temple of Hephasitos:

https://youtu.be/qJD1EIFnOv0
Temple of Apteros Nike
#About the Most Ancient Temple in the Acropolis

The Temple of Athena Nike (also called Temple of Apteros Nike), is a Greek temple, considerably small, and beautiful, and located on a small cliff on the Acropolis.

It was dedicated to the goddess Athena, and built to ensure the victory of Athena, and so victory would not escape her. In the imagery-filled Greek language, that translates to "wing-less victory." The Temple of Athena Nike was built in 424 BC and considered the oldest temple on the Acropolis.

Many of the statues and plaques from the temple were moved to the New Acropolis Museum, located at the bottom of the hill.



#Nike Temple Architecture

From 424 BC, the Temple of Athena Nike stood here, on the fortifications that protected the entrance to the inner temple. The temple has a terrace with 4 columns on each side, on the front and the back of the building, while on the sides of the building are two walls.

This is a temple with 4 columns at the front, and 4 in the back, as referred to in ancient Greece, "tetrastyle amphiprostyle." The pediments are in the Greek style, and the pediments on the extreme columns are longer than the rest, to blur the lines between the different shapes.

The temple is known mainly for its plaques on its railings, "Nike railing." Most of the plaques today have been moved to the New Acropolis Museum, located at the foothills of the mountain.




#The Tragic Story of Aegeus

In the Temple Athena Nike, one of the main Greek tragedies occurred. According to the myth of Aegeus, here the king waited to see if his son, Theseus, returns victorious from the war with the Minotaur in Crete.

Theseus left to kill the Minotaur, after he was informed that Minos taxes Athens, by taking a sacrifice once every 9 years, 7 boys and 7 girls, to sacrifice to the horrible creator in his palace. Instead of fighting Minos, with his strong army, Theseus went to kill the Minotaur himself.

Theseus, who succeeded in his mission, escaped Crete together with Ariadne, his love, and returned to Athens by sailing. For his happiness in his victory, he forgot his promise to his father, that if he kills the Minotaur, he will signal so from afar by spreading open white sails over his returning boats. The boats were left with their black sails.

Picture Aegeus, standing here, on the Acropolis, worriedly waiting for his son's return. When he saw the black sails on his son's boats, Aegeus assumed that his son Theseus had died. He then committed suicide and jumped into the ocean, ever since then, the body of water was named after him, the Aegean Sea. Only when Theseus returned to the city, did he understand the impact of his mistake, and was very saddened.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/fP5lbjC31vk



The Temple's Model:

https://youtu.be/nMun9YM83PA
Chi Lin Nunnery
#About the Nunnery Made of Wood

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist complex that includes a nunnery, a temple, and Buddhist Pagodas. All these are surrounded by beautiful Chinese gardens, peace pools with lotus flowers, many impressive statues made of gold, stone, and clay.

The Nunnery, inhabited by nuns only, sits on 33,000 square meters. It is a peaceful corner in the hectic city. The chirping of birds and ringing of bells are relaxing, and give the feeling of peace for the soul.

The Nunnery is considered one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. The wonderful wooden structures were built in the 20th century, using only woodwork, in the tradition of the Tang Dynasty. The style was used here is a technique of interlocking systems, a technique in which iron nails are not used at all.

The monastery complex is built around a beautiful courtyard, with a beautiful and well-kept garden, with many stylish pools and lotus flowers in a variety of colors.



#Tips

The temple halls and the Chinese garden are open for visiting for free.

Opening hours are from Thursday to Tuesday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Respect the nun and exercise restraint.

There is a vegetarian restaurant here.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Y1E0vxTNN1o


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/4fpt31LsgpI


The Garden Around:

https://youtu.be/Yf-N6cKW0Cw
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 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
Temple of Olympian Zeus
#About the Remains of the Impressive Temple for Zeus

When the Temple of Olympian Zeus was completed, it was larger than the Parthenon on the Acropolis, and was considered the biggest temple in Ancient Greece. Today there are only 15 columns visible, but they are still impressive and give a sample to the size and grandeur of the temple.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus went through many stages of construction and pauses. Its building began in the year 515 BC, and was completed in the 2nd century AD, during the Roman rule. According to those architectural times, the temple had 104 impressive Corinthian columns, tall and fancy.

Like the Arch of Hadrian nearby, the Temple of Olympian Zeus owes its completion for the visit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in Athens, during the Roman rule over Greece. And so the building was complete right before his historic visit.

Today, visitors at the site can see mostly the remains of the massive buildings, and imagine how it looked in the old days, a structure that was larger than the Parthenon, and the largest temple in all of Greece.

In the area around of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, are a number of monumental and historic building, like the Arch of Hadrian, 18 meters tall, was also erected for the visit of Hadrian in Athens, the public Roman Bath House, and a few Roman temples.




#The History of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The building of the Temple of Olympian Zeus began during the reign of Peisistratus around the year 515 BC. Initially, for a few years, the building was going smoothly and without issues. However pretty soon the building was halted, when Hippias, son of the tyrant, was exiled.

More than 300 years later, in 175 BC, the work continued. This was during the rule of the Hellenistic Syrian King, Antiochus IV Epiphanes. For the planning of the temple, the Roman architect was appointed, Cossutius. However, 11 years later when Antiochus died, the building was halted once more.

Again 300 years passed, until, before Hadrian's visit to Athens in the 2nd century, the building was completed. This is when the temple was dedicated to Olympian Zeus.

Researchers are certain that an earthquake started the deterioration of the temple, at a later period. In the Middle Ages and in later periods, the temple was torn apart, with many of its stones being taken and used elsewhere.



#Architecture of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The original dimensions of the Temple of Olympian Zeus were 96 by 40 meters. Out of the 104 original columns, 15 are left standing, and one laying on the ground. The size of the columns are a little over 17 meters, with a 2-meter circumference.

Originally, these columns surrounded a central inner room where large statues were located. The marble inside that was used for the building of the temple was brought from Mount Pentelus.




#Tips

In the last week of September, the entrance is free.

On Sundays between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Qx-jhn3K96g


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/aqABael4TRo


Maybe this is How it Once Looked:

https://youtu.be/nfKcq9pGJTo
Wat Prayoon
#About the Temple of the Tiny Chapels of Bangkok

Wat Prayoon is a temple with a variety of miniature prayer houses. It is a complex surrounding a Buddhist temple from the 19th century, located near the Bangkok Memorial Bridge.

The temple itself is considered a temple from on a second level out of the royal temples and therefore it is less luxurious and famous and fewer tourists arrive in groups, but it is very interesting and fun to visit.

The unique collection of small houses of prayer and the tiny sculptures displayed there may not compete with the vast Buddha of Wat Pho or the Emerald Buddha, but they are certainly beautiful and interesting for culture lovers.

Wat Prayoon Temple was built in 1824-1851. This was during the reign of King Rama III, who headed the kingdom of Ratanakosin of Siam. Rama III was the eldest brother of Mongkut, who was the king of Siam after him and in 1851 was King Rama IV. By the way, the same Rama IV, won years later world fame, after his character was shown in the play and the famous film "King and I."



#Tips

Entrance is free.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/pZR6PrNL7pY


The Garden with the Stoves and Ashes of the Dead:

https://youtu.be/VTpHCXbl5L4
Asakusa Shrine
#About the Temple of the Nearby Temple Builders

Asakusa Shrine is a temple built in 1649, during the period of ancient Tokyo, the Edo Period. The temple, also known as Sanja-sama, which is the Hall of the Three Gods, is a major cultural asset in Japan and part of a large collection of sacred buildings in the area.

At the Asakusa Shrine, the Sanja Matsuri Festival is held, one of the city's three largest annual festivals and the most colorful and spectacular events of Tokyo.

The Asakusa Temple is decorated in gongen-zukuri style. There is also a sacred Shinto Shrine, dedicated to the three men who built the nearby Buddhist temple, the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple. The temple can be seen on the eastern side of the Sensō-ji Temple, on a street marked by a large gate. The gate at the entrance to the temple is called "Torii" in Japanese. It is a traditional Japanese stone gate, which can be found at the entrance to many Shinto Shrines.



#Tips

The Entrance to the temple is free.

The opening hours are identical to the Sensō-ji Temple - Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



A Closer Look at the Asakusa Shrine:

https://youtu.be/DQ3l1graG5Y



The Yearly Festival "Sanjay of Matsuri" Takes Place Here:

https://youtu.be/dAw2uUFC1K8


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