Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Yuantong Temple

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features one of the most important Buddhist temples in all of Yunnan, China: Yuantong Temple.)

Yuantong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan, China
One of the most important Buddhist temples in all of Yunnan, Yuantong Temple

While I will admit, and I have in the past, that I have seen temples in my travels to last me three lifetimes, there are still exceptions. After seeing Cambodia's Angkor Wat, Northern Thailand's Lanna Temples, Nepal's Durbar Square in Kathmandu, and even the supreme temple-palace of the emperors of China: the Forbidden City, I still find time indulge in the religious atmosphere of these sanctuaries especially if they are as important as Yuantong Temple. Located in Kunming, capital city of Yunnan province in Southwest China, Yuantong Temple is the one of the most important and one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Yunnan. At least a thousand years old this one.

Have you had enough temples in your travels? What are your exceptions for when you want to visit new ones you encounter?

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