Holy City!

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

This great postcard comes from Som, who is from India. It shows the holy city of Varanasi, which is located on the banks of the Ganges in Utar Pradesh. The city is the holiest of the 7 sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism and has also played an important role in the Buddhist faith. Varanasi is also the oldest continuously inhabited city in India, as it was (according to legend) founded by the Hindu god, Shiva. Only 29% of the city’s 1.4 million inhabitants are employed and those that are employed work mostly in manufacturing. It’s very interesting to know about a holy city in a faith other than Islam and Catholicism. Thank you for this great postcard Som!

The Greatest Temple

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This awesome postcard of Cambodia’s most famous landmark comes from Elma. This is the only religious monument in the world that I would actually make travel arrangements for and boy do I want to go there! Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built in the 12th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, which is the home of the Devas. By the 13th century it saw an increased use in the Buddhist faith. Tourism figures released by the Cambodian government suggest that the site attracts around 700 000 foreign visitors per year. It is also part of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. Absolutely amazing place! Thanks Elma.

The Beauty that is Thailand

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

I received this postcard from Mark, who is originally from England but has been living in Thailand for 10 years. This postcard is from Ayyuthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of Thailand. According to the Buddhist calendar (When this was sent), it is now the year 2555, which means the buddhists have been laughing at the Mayans’ “2012” since 1469. Mark ends off the postcard with the words “May the force be with you”. Now I must beg the question, do buddhists actually say that to each other or was that just a quote from Star Wars? Can somebody that knows please enlighten me?