Asia

Our list of articles tagged with "Asia."

March 13, 2017

Dambulla Cave Temple in Sri Lanka

It’s a bit of a climb to reach Dambulla Cave Temple, a Buddhist complex atop a monumental rock outcropping in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. But the abundance of ornate wall paintings and hand-hewn rock sculptures inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site make the effort worthwhile. According to tradition, King Valagamba (Vattagamini Abhaya) of Anuradhapura built […]

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March 6, 2017

The New Cooking Academy at Four Seasons The Nam Hai Resort

Artisans of Leisure is known for our private culinary tours in Vietnam, and we’re always looking for interesting new food-related activities to offer our travelers in the country. That’s why we’re excited about the new Cooking Academy at Four Seasons The Nam Hai, Vietnam. Want to learn to make traditional Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls, […]

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January 24, 2017

Ceramics in Japan: Robert Yellin’s Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto

If you’re interested in Japanese pottery, we highly recommend having Artisans of Leisure arrange a private meeting with Robert Yellin. Considered a foremost authority on Japanese yakimono (ceramics), Yellin has lived in Japan since 1984 and has written and lectured extensively both in Japan and abroad. Yellin runs Yakimono Gallery from an early 20th-century teahouse steeped […]

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December 19, 2016

Iconic Image: Xian’s Terracotta Army

It’s hard to imagine the vastness of Xian’s Terracotta Army of Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archeological excavations in the world, until you see them in person. These warriors were created in 246 B.C. as part of the 20 square mile tomb of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of the […]

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December 1, 2016

The Exquisite Crafts of Nepal

Traditional crafts are an important part of daily life in Nepal. They also offer many great options for travelers wanting to collect beautiful objects that directly relate to Nepalese culture. For those interested in shopping, we arrange visits to exclusive boutiques and studios in Kathmandu and elsewhere to browse for exceptional crafts made by Nepalese […]

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November 22, 2016

Street Food at Singapore’s Hawker Centers

One of our favorite destinations for a culinary adventure is Singapore. The blend of cultures—Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan (mixed Chinese, Malay and/or Indonesian)—that come together in this island nation make it a rich source of gastronomic experiences. One of the best places to sample the range of Singaporean specialties is at a hawker center, […]

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June 29, 2016

Indochine Style in Vietnam

Colonized by France in the 1880s, Vietnam fell under French influence in many aspects of its culture, including art, architecture, fashion and cuisine. Even after Vietnam attained independence in the 20th century, those influences remained, and they are in evidence still, often in a fusion of Vietnamese and French styles known as Indochine. The French […]

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June 6, 2016

The Temples of Myanmar (Burma)

No matter how many temples you’ve seen in Asia, nothing prepares you for the startling, gilded majesty of the temples of Myanmar. Starting in the intricate, immense complex of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the country’s most sacred place of worship dating back 2,500 years, you’re surrounded by hundreds of statues and stupas. Inside the various […]

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