Po Lin Monastery in the village of Ngong Ping on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, houses Tian Tan Buddha, also knowns as the Big Buddha, a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni sitting leg-crossed on a lotus, right hand raised while left hand rested on his lap. The Buddha' solemn gaze downward looks as though he's giving blessings to those praying to him from down below.
Built in Bengal style, Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Dakshineswar near Kolkata, India was constructed in mid 19th century and dedicated to the fearsome goddess Kali, as well as her companion, Shiva, one of the 3 supreme deity of Hinduism.
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Located in Seoul, South Korea, Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace is the largest and the most beautiful of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty. Parts of it have been turned into the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea. Every day, the palace welcomes its visitors with grand historical buildings in its territory and beautiful traditional gardens, and it looks even grander with colorful lights in the night.
Cockburn Islands in Myanmar is another divers' paradise in the Andaman Sea where pristine beaches, clear cool sea water, and colorful corals and fish await their visitors. The islands are about an hour boat ride away from the coast of Ranong, Thailand. If a holiday trip on an unseen tropical island is what you're looking for, book your ticket at thaiairways.com.
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Though being widely known as a gambler's heaven, Macau is more than meets the eye. There are so many interesting activities for nightlife lovers to checkout, and also wide varieties of food for gourmands around the world to have some taste. Its Historic Center is listed among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
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Formerly the imperial palace of the Ming dynasty, the Forbidden City is now a famous tourist spot and no longer forbids commoners nor foreigners to indulge in its historical grandeur. UNESCO made the place a World Heritage Site in 1987, and also listed it as the world's the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures.
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Lamma Island AKA Pok Liu Chau in the olden days is the third largest island in Hong Kong. Serene and beautiful, this island presents an alternative to the exciting and energetic lifestyle in the city of Hong Kong with an opportunity to chill out among seaside nature while enjoying scrumptious seafood.
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Located at the eastern end of the Muttrah Corniche, Al Riyam Park, with its vast space of greenery against the backdrop of blue sea, is among the main components setting Muscat apart from Oman's desert landscape in general, as well as one of the city's top attractions. The star of the park is a white watch tower which resembles a giant incense burner and offers its visitors some spectacular views of the Gulf of Oman.
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Every June 5 has been dubbed by the United Nations "World Environment Day", on which worldwide awareness and action for the protection of environment are observed annually on a global scale.
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