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The David Beckham Temple @ Wat Pariwat, Bangkok

I'd heard about Bangkok's David Beckham temple a while back. I'd read stories about a forgotten corner of a forgotten temple outside of town where a golden statue of his likeness had been built into the altar. It was a likeness that, by all accounts, bore only a passing resemblance to the man himself.

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Ayutthaya: A Tale of Two Temples

There was a time when Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, a population of almost a million had made the city the most important trading post in Asia. Merchants from India, China, South East Asia and even Europe ...

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A Morning at Wat Phra Singh

Nothing good can come of waking up late when you’re travelling. I'm sure of it. Get up at 08:00, get there by 09:00, and by the time you've had chance to wish you'd woken up earlier, the sun's burning a hole in your back and the place is crawling with tourists.

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To Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on 115cc of bike

A 05:30 wake-up and still I hadn’t beat the sunrise. It was already light outside. Lighter than I’d thought it would be. Lighter than I’d hoped. If we were operating on monk time, it was already alms-giving hour, and those quiet lines of orange-robed novices would be filing out onto the city streets ...

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Morning alms and sunburnt arms at Wat Suan Dok

I’d been to Chiang Mai once before, only a few months before. On that occasion, I’d left not knowing what all the fuss was about. Everybody I’d spoken to about the city had spoken of it as some kind mystical, mountain-ringed Xanadu, where every cliché about what life in Thailand for the soul-searching foreigner should be like rang true.

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Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
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When it comes to Hong Kong temples, Wong Tai Sin may be the most famous of them all. Said to be the temple at which every prayer comes true, it may only be a little over 90 years old, but what it lacks in ancient history, it more than makes up for with its wish-granting popularity. Home to not one, not two, but three religions ...

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Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong
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When you've seen one temple, you've seen them all. Or so the saying goes. And while that may be true of some Hong Kong temples, there are others which you can't let such a notion allow you to miss. Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, is one of them ...

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