Asia

Photos from the Asian continent, including Southeast Asia, East Asia, the subcontinent, and the Middle East.

The Teak Monastery of Bagaya Kyaung in Burma’s Old Royal Capital at Amarapura

Constructed entirely of teak, the Bagaya Monastery (Bagaya Kyaung) in the old royal capital of Amarapura has fared much better… Read More

October 25, 2019

Kuthodaw Pagoda, Home of the World’s Largest Book

It's known as the world's largest book. But it doesn't look much like any book you've seen before. Read More

December 28, 2019

Myazedi Stupa

Myazedi Stupa, which translates as "emerald stupa," has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written… Read More

August 26, 2019

Nagayon Temple

Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior… Read More

December 20, 2019

Manuha Temple

With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one… Read More

December 8, 2019

Apeyadana Temple

Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar)… Read More

January 14, 2020

Mani Sithu Market in Nyaung-U

Mani Sithu Market is Nyaung-U's main market in the middle of town and offers food and daily supplies for sale… Read More

November 9, 2019

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan's temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda… Read More

January 6, 2020

Taungbi Village Pagoda

This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far… Read More

January 29, 2020

Dhammayazika Pagoda

Its gleaming gold stupa certainly stands out against the surrounding countryside. Completed in 1198, it features an unusual 5-sided design. Read More

September 28, 2019

Lemyethna Pagoda

Dating back to the early 13th century and featuring impressive frescoes, Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of… Read More

January 17, 2020

Tayok Pye Temple

Tayok Pye Temple is in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and features ornate stucco decoration and impressive frescoes. Read More

October 8, 2019

The Golden Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U

The impressive gold stupa at the heart of the complex is reputed to encase a bone and tooth of The… Read More

October 19, 2019

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery

There's not quite so much of the gold left that once covered the wood, but it's ornately carved teak is… Read More

February 1, 2020

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple is one of the most famous, most visited, and most renovated temples in Bagan, and it has been… Read More

August 28, 2019

On Top of Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

Sitting on top of Mandalay Hill, Sutaungpyei Pagoda features a large patio that offers a wonderful views over Mandalay City… Read More

December 5, 2019

Thisa-wadi Temple

Dating to 1334, Thisa-wadi Temple isn't the grandest of the thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas in Bagan, but it… Read More

December 24, 2019

Htilominlo Temple

Htilominlo Temple is a large, two-story, 12th-century temple in the northern part of the Bagan plain best known for its… Read More

February 2, 2020

Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda

It's one of the oldest--and from all appearances, richest--of the many pagodas in Sagaing. Sitting high on top of Nga-pha… Read More

September 4, 2019

Myinkaba Village’s Morning Market

Tucked away in a narrow dirt side street of Myinkaba Village is the morning market, a little slice of local… Read More

April 24, 2020

Dhammayangyi Temple

Dating back to the 12th century, Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest temple in Bagan. Just mind the bats! Read More

February 2, 2020

Myanmar’s Scenic U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge has become one of Myanmar's iconic landmarks. Spanning 3/4 of a mile, the foot bridge is reputed… Read More

December 19, 2019

Nyaung-U Airport

If you're flying to Bagan, this is the airport you'll fly into. As small as it is, it's the airport… Read More

October 14, 2019

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda is an explosion of color, with almost 50 statues of the Buddha looking out from… Read More

November 3, 2019

The Buddha Statue Workshops of Mandalay

Covered from head to toe with thick white dust, crouching low on their launches, the young men and boys use… Read More

December 9, 2019

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (Bagan)

This guide was produced by the Burmese Ministry of Union Culture in 1963 and contains fascinating historical photographs as well… Read More

September 17, 2019

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Nestled in a quiet, hidden little enclave in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the Jade Emperor Pagoda offers a calming… Read More

September 7, 2019

Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace

What is now known as Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City served as the home and office of South… Read More

December 12, 2019

Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution

Unsurprisingly, Vietnam takes its revolutionary foundations very much to heart. They're shown off and commemorated in the national Revolution Museum… Read More

September 10, 2019

The Standing Stones of Hintang

While the standing stones of Hintang in northeastern Laos don't inherently convey the kind of majesty of Stonehenge or Easter… Read More

October 20, 2019

Phonsavan’s Morning Market

At Phonsavan's morning market you can sit for a tasty bowl of freshly made steaming pho for breakfast or buy… Read More

August 24, 2019

The Rugged Charm of the Top of the Land of a Million Elephants

The rugged, mountainous terrain of northern Laos is beautiful. While well off the beaten track and not really on the… Read More

August 20, 2019

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Modeled on the Hotel de Ville in Paris, Ho Chi Minh City Hall is the seat of Saigon's city government. Read More

September 5, 2019

Luang Prabang’s Morning Market

Southeast Asia's morning markets are much more interesting than the night markets. Luang Prabang's morning market is no exception. Read More

December 23, 2019

The Citadel in the Imperial City of Hue

Inside the Citadel walls was once lavish and opulent, with ornate gardens and intricate pagodas. But the Vietnam War was… Read More

October 6, 2019

Dong Ba Market (Cho Dong Ba)

Hue's Dong Ba market (Cho Dong Ba)--like so many of the markets around the world in places people rely on… Read More

November 23, 2019

A New Home for Phra Bang

From its fearsome gold naga guarding the main stairs, its incredibly lavish gold and red interior, and multi-tiered roof, the… Read More

December 17, 2019

Hanoi’s Vietnam Military History Museum

The Vietnam Military History Museum in central Hanoi celebrates the Vietnamese victories of the 20th century, first over the French… Read More

November 3, 2019

Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi next to the southeastern corner of West Lake is a… Read More

November 8, 2019

Cu Chi Tunnels

I don't usually have issues with claustrophobia, but this isn't fun anymore. How people could live down here is beyond… Read More

September 24, 2019

Hoan Kiem Lake, Home of Hanoi’s Giant Turtle

Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Sword Lake, Ho Guom, or Lake of the Returned Sword) is at the very… Read More

January 5, 2020

Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda

Despite it being a replica of what was once a thousand-year-old pagoda, the One Pillar Pagoda is today considered one… Read More

January 24, 2020

Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

Wat Si Saket (or Sisaket Temple), with an impressive collection of 2000 Buddha statues, is reputed to be the oldest… Read More

November 7, 2019

Hanoi’s Oldest Pagoda

At 1400 years old, Tran Quoc Pagoda, in a picturesque spot on a small island in Hanoi's West Lake, is… Read More

September 1, 2019

Vietnam’s War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum presents an important but one-sided history of the appalling legacy of the decades of war that… Read More

December 5, 2019

Vientiane, City on the Mekong

Vientiane's waterfront seems purpose-built for beautiful sunsets. With a wide promenade and park, it's well used. And right across the… Read More

December 29, 2019

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Even Uncle Ho needs a holiday. Even while he's away on his annual autumn sojourn in Moscow, his mausoleum in… Read More

September 17, 2019

The Lakes of Hanoi

Hanoi has a lot of lakes. They provide a respite from the crushing traffic and incessant bustle in other parts… Read More

December 3, 2019

The Hanoi Hilton

This is not a place of sweetness and light. Hoa Lo Prison, better known in the west as "the Hanoi… Read More

August 23, 2019

Vietnam’s Perfume River

I'm standing right above the middle of the river, 25 feet above the water surface. And I don't smell a… Read More

January 9, 2020

The River Outpost of Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw is a small riverside town in northern Laos on the Nam Ou (River Ou), It's dramatically framed by… Read More

August 19, 2019

Narita-San Temple

The Narita-san Temple is a 1000-year-old Shingon Buddhist temple complex in the heart of Narita, about 40 miles east of… Read More

November 28, 2019