Buddhist Travel
Traveler Tales

Travel Stories

A slice of eternity

The Hindu, July 29, 2007

Kandy, rich in tradition and history, is an ideal destination for the cultural tourist.

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- It is a three-hour drive from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo to the World Heritage City of Kandy. The journey through the Colombo-Kandy road flanked by verdant green, zipping past Maruti 800s, Altos, Lanka Ashok Leyland and Tata buses, it almost f eels like a drive through Kerala. It is the ample presence of foreign cars — the Toyota Hi Ace and Lite Ace vans — that makes it different.


A pilgrimage to the sacred land of Buddha

VNS, July 15, 2007

Scenic Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery is breathing new life into Viet Nam’s cradle of Buddhism. Trung Hieu has the story.

Vinh Phuc, Vietnam -- It was a hot afternoon at the end of June. Heat that brings sweat to your forehead at the very thought of going outside, especially when outside means streams of motorbikes and people jostling each other as they are about their daily business.


Historic Gyeongju

By Brenda Koller, The Korea Times, July 13, 2007

Gyeongju, South Korea -- A visit to Korea would simply not be complete without a visit to Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) for over 900 years and one of the world’s 10 most historic sites.


Walking with the Buddha

by D.K. BHASKAR, The Hindu, July 8, 2007

If you are looking for inner peace and spirituality, Lantau Island is the place to go to.

Hong Kong, China -- After nearly 10 days in Hong Kong, a British colonial land of yesteryears, I still felt I was missing something. I had crisscrossed between Kowloon and Hong Kong islands several times, exploring some of their star attractions, photographing the exube rance of the islanders and of course the ultramodern skylines.


Buddhist pilgrimage in Vietnam

Vietnam's longest festival starts in February, lasting right through the spring

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Perfume Pagoda festival is an annual pilgrimage that takes place in the mountainous Perfume Pagoda region south of Hanoi.


Sri Lanka: Lessons from heart of Buddhism

By Iris Moon, Korea Herald correspondent, April 21, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- For many people, this teardrop-shaped tropical island at the southeastern edge of India did not come up in conversations until the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami. It left at least 30,000 dead and more than 1 million homeless in Sri Lanka, which suffered the second highest toll among countries hit by the disaster.


Enlightened reality in Gaden

by Jamie Khoo, The Star, November 11, 2006

Gaden, Tibet (China) -- One of Tibet’s most prominent monasteries, Gaden, was completely destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution but has since re-established itself in India. JAMIE KHOO visits the new site.


The road to enlightenment

by VASANA CHINVARAKORN, Bangkok Post, May 31, 2007

Singing prayers and songs, a bunch of feisty travellers lend a festive flair to Bodhgaya and other Buddhist holy sites during a pilgrimage to India and Nepal

Bodhgaya, India
-- It's not everyday that you get to sing the Thai national anthem and other songs at the top of your pitch in India, Bodhgaya to be precise, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. With a senior monk leading the chorus, our group of 60 or so Thais joined in, straining our lungs in a show of nationalistic zeal that - had the Enlightened One been hearing - would have certainly left him amused.


Frescoes of Dunhuang

by Ziying, The Star, May 30, 2007

It is said that if the Buddhist murals at Dunhuang’s Mogao Grottoes were joined together, they would stretch for 30km.

Dunhuang, China
-- I LOOKED out the window of the train to see the pale glow of the sun rising in an insipid grey sky. We had boarded the train at a station an hour’s drive from Turpan the night before and had been travelling for nine and a half hours.


Bihar, the heart of spiritual India

by Antje Schmid, DPA, May 23, 2007

BODHGAYA, INDIA -- IN HARDLY any other place in India do economic poverty and spiritual wealth go hand in hand than in the north-eastern state of Bihar. Bihar is one of the poorest areas in the country as evidenced by its dilapidated system of roads.

Page 4 of 16  First Page    List All