Posts Tagged "Asia"

Colombo, Sri Lanka

March 15, 2015 brought is to Colombo in Sri Lanka formally known as Ceylon. Today we rode around the city to take in the sights. Leaving the port there is the Port control tower that is shaped like a giant stupa. The architecture of Colombo is a mixture of Moroccan and Colonial as well as todays modern buildings. Being very religious, there are many Buddhas located throughout the city.  We stopped in the National Museum which housed many of the antiquities of Sri Lanka. The Gangaramaya Temple complex in the heart of the city had many Buddha statues in various styles, from Thai through Sri...

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Yangon, Myanmar (Day 2)

The second day in Myanmar, March 11, 2015, we went to the Thanlyin Village a small rural community outside of Yangon and about a 30 minute drive from the ship. On the road we passed a toll, where the toll takers were on the road with buckets to collect the tolls. On the streets there were several Buddhist monks and nuns walking the streets collecting food from the community for their noon day meal. In the center of the town was the Thanlyin Market, a truly local market, with all manner of items ranging from produce, to clothing and household goods. Through out the town there were many street...

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Yangon, Myanmar (Day 1)

We traveled up the Yangon River to dock in a cargo port just outside of Yangon, Myanmar, formally Rangoon, Burma on March 10,2015.  We took a tour to Yangon to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. On our way to the city we went through the rural countryside and its rice fields. After crossing the Yangon River we entered Yangon and went to the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill and stands 325 feet tall and is surrounded by many side shrines.  To get up the hill you can take an elevator, which we did. Once there we traveled around the pagoda in a clockwise direction taking in...

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Penang, Malaysia

On March 7, 2015, the Amsterdam docked in the port of Penang located on a small island in Malaysia. We took a tour of the island which included two interesting stops. The first stop included two different Buddhist temples across the street from each other. First we entered the Thai Buddhist Temple which has the 4th largest reclining Buddha in the world. The outside of this temple had many ornate guard sculptures. Across the street was the Burmese Buddhist temple with a gold adorned Buddha. The second interesting stop was a Batik factory called Craft Batik. Batik is a wax-resistant dying...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We docked in Port Klang, Malaysia on March 6, 2015, the gateway to Kuala Lumpur. Located 30 miles inland from Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia. Our first stop was to the National Museum with its exhibits of Malaysian life and history. We then traveled to the New King’s Palace located just outside the city. Here you get to see the outside of the palace and the guards that are at the entrance. From there we went to Independence Square where the many government buildings surround an old Cricket field. Leaving the square we went to the icon of the city, the...

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