Bhutan April, 2009 Update 2

by Beth Whitman (May 19th, 2009)

After our group’s first couple of days in Paro and Thimphu, we drove east and visited Punakha and Trongsa. Heading farther into the mountains, I got the sense that we were being enveloped in a carpet of greenery. This part of Bhutan is like the Pacific Northwest on steroids. One of the country’s most beautiful […]

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Photo of the Day: Men at Cao Dai Temple

by Beth Whitman (April 30th, 2009)

The Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam is an out-of-the-way tourist site. It’s near the Cambodian border and takes the better part of the day to get there and back from Saigon. It’s completely fascinating, however. The Cao Dai religion joins Christianity with other beliefs. Worshipers believe that God was created as a result […]

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Photo of the Day: Vietnam Temple

by Beth Whitman (January 16th, 2009)

Cao Dai Temple in Vietnam The Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, is one of the most impressive religious buildings I’ve seen. The religion itself draws upon Christianity, Taoism and Buddhism to form an interesting mix that states that God presides over all beings and that the Goddess, Mother Buddha (a male), also oversees […]

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Bangkok Temple Tour

by Beth Whitman (April 22nd, 2008)

Buddha with offerings With just a few days in Bangkok, Jon and I decided to join part of our Bhutan group on a half day tour of the Temples of Bangkok. It allowed us to tool around in the heat in an air-conditioned mini-van while getting to know some of the folks that we’d be […]

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