One of a number of panoramic pictures I snapped of a UNESCO
(And yes, you can click on it to view an enlarged version of the pic!)
Panoramic shot of one of the similarly UNESCO World Heritage-listed
Prambanan's lesser -- I kid you not -- temples!
It's not UNESCO World Heritage-listed but this cave temple
in Malaysia left me in awe also...
As long-time visitors to this blog often realize, whenever I go on blogging hiatus for a time, it usually means that I'm off visiting a foreign land (or more). This time around, I was back in Penang for part of my longest spell out of Hong Kong in more than a year and a half (i.e., when I spent both Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 in the Netherlands) but I also paid my first visit in years to Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh -- and, most excitingly, set foot for the first time ever in the neighboring country of Indonesia!
In the world's largest Muslim country, I visited an ancient Buddhist monument (Borobudur) which I first heard about as a school student, another ancient religious site (Prambanan) whose existence I only learnt about a few years ago and, for good measure, the city (Yogyakarta) which has been described as the cultural capital, heart and soul of Java -- maybe even all of Indonesia. Suffice to say that I took hundreds of photos during the six days or so that I was there, particularly at Borobudur, and intend to share some of them by way of this blog.
For now, here's offering up one panoramic photo each taken at Borobudur and Prambanan (which I hope will give you a good sense of how wondrous those sites are, especially when viewed in enlarged formats). In addition, as unlikely as it may seem, I visited three cave temples located on the outskirts of Ipoh for the first time ever on this trip -- and at least two of them really did leave me awestruck at how wondrous they are. So here's giving fair "warning" that I am planning a number of Malaysia as well as Indonesia-centric blog posts over the next week or so before returning to regular Hong Kong-centric "programming" at some point! ;b