If you ordered a Buddhist temple with everything, it would look like the Gangaramaya Temple. Buddhist temples span the spectrum from downright plain to elaborately decorated, and this one is definitely at the high end.
When we arrived at the temple we could tell that a celebration was taking place. Blaring music, people chatting, and kids scurrying about wearing special-occasion clothes. A Buddhist wedding.
In our travels in Southeast Asia, seeing beautiful, serene statues of Buddha was a daily occurrence … and we never tired of it. Each sculpture was a work of art.
Luang Prabang, in north central Laos, has been an important Buddhist spiritual center for hundreds of years. As a result, it has some of the most ancient and exquisite Buddhist temples in the region.
This past year has been fantastic for us. We completed another eye-opening Round-the-World Trip, bought a little condo and embarked on some challenging renovation projects, spent a month in the Baltic States, visited with friends and family … and made some great new friends.
When we were in Nepal on our first RTW we learned that the people have a fascinating tradition. They select and worship “Kumari” – young, pre-pubescent girls who are believed to be the manifestations of divine female energy. To the Nepalis, they are living goddesses.