Posts tagged travel asia
How to Visit an Asian Temple

When exploring a country with a culture different from your own, you want to experience as much as possible. This is easy to navigate when it comes to food, tours and nightlife. Religious places, however, are a huge gray area that can be confusing and nerve racking. Temples are generally homes to some of the best architecture, gardens, and collections of historical and cultural artifacts. They are beautiful, and meant to be visited and enjoyed.  However, we need to keep in mind that these are incredibly important to the cultures that built them. These are their religious sites, these are the markers of their history, these are the legacy they have left for the world to understand who they are. Sometimes you can’t just walk in and snap one for the gram. So, that being said, here is what to do and what to avoid to enjoy yourself and be respectful when visiting Asian Temples. 

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Celebrating Buddha's Birthday with the Biggest Lantern Festival in South Korea
Traditional Dress in Asia: Cultural Appropriation and Keeping Traditions Alive

Asian countries have some of the most beautiful, diverse, and distinctive cultural dress. From the áo dài of Vietnam to the hanbok of Korea, one look at these traditional outfits and you are given a window into their culture and heritage. There has been a lot of effort on the parts of these countries to keep their traditions alive, and a lot of this is done through their traditional clothing. Today we talk about fading traditions, the fight to keep them alive, and the blurry lines between cultural participation and cultural appropriation. Is it okay for foreigners to partake in traditional dress? Let’s discuss.

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Baseball in Japan and Korea

When you think of classic Americana, you think of three things: the stars and stripes, apple pie, and baseball. And while baseball has its biggest Audience in the US, it is quite popular all around the world. In fact, every continent (besides Antarctica) is home to a baseball league, and nowhere is it more exciting to see than in Asia! It’s played all across the continent, from Israel to Japan, and is one of their main sports. Taiwan is the hub of baseball in Asia, but Japan and Korea have some of the best cultures to view a game. With intense team cheers, wacky traditions, and huge fan turnouts it can be quite a party and something you should definitely see if you’re passing through in the summer.

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A Day Away From Taipei: Jiufen and Keelung

Taiwan has so many great reasons to visit, the food, the architecture, the scenery, but the best part of Taiwan is it is small enough that you can experience it all in only a few days. Taipei is the center of life in Taiwan, and there is plenty there to keep you busy. But, with easy access to the many other cities, and amount you can fit in a day there, you’d be crazy not to step out of the capital. Public transit is super accessible, and with, in my experience, the most English signage of anywhere in Asia, incredibly easy to navigate. The only issue is organizing your trip so you can hit as many places as possible, and make it back in time to hit the night markets. 

Here is the second of two day trips I’ve planned, and everything you need to know to make it happen.

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A Day Away From Taipei: Houtong Cat Village, Shifen, and Pingxi