Wednesday, February 27, 2013

5 Mysterious Places Around The World

The Door to Hell


This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz
The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists weredrilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it’s burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite there.

Mysterious Holes of Russia



From the end of 1980s a strange phenomena is happening in some Russian forests. People find strange, deep holes.
They appear in the dense forest, in the places you can’t get on the car or truckto bring any device to drill the ground. There is no any soil that should be taken from such deep holes is found.
People go down to one of such holes but it just finishes with nothing. There are no any reasonable ideas on how these holes appear and what they are being used for.
 

The mouth of Hell


In 1962, a little fire in Centralia (Pennsylvania) migrated into an exposed vein of anthracite coal under the town. The flames on the surface were successfully extinguished, but the coal continued to burn underground for many years, so that in 1984 the fire was completely out of control and the city had to be evacuated.
Nowadays, Centralia is an abandoned and ghostly place. The fire still burns beneath the town and there is enough coal to feed the fire for up to 250 years.

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania



It has more than 50,000 crosses on it, and no it is not a cemetery.
The reasons for the crosses to be there is that there is a story that each one who would put his own cross on this mountain would become a lucky guy, so thousands come here and install their custom crosses.
They say this tradition appeared before the Christianity came to Lithuania and Russia and is of pagan origin.
 
  

The ghost town buried in the sand



Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port of Lüderitz. In 1908, Luederitz was plunged into diamond fever and people rushed into the Namib desert hoping to make an easy fortune. Within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, was established in the barren sandy desert.
But shortly after the drop in diamond sales after the First World War, the beginning of the end started. During the 1950′s the town was deserted and the dunes began to reclaim what was always theirs.
Soon the metal screens collapsed and the pretty gardens and tidy streets were buried under the sand. Doors and windows creaked on their hinges, cracked window panes stared sightlessly across the desert. A new ghost town had been born.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

10 Interesting Place in Egypt

Egypt still promising so many interesting place to visit. The country has the world heritage and tourist most famous places. All areas in Egypt has a historical value.
10 place listed below certainly not represent what the real Egypt.
But, it's minimum place that you must visit during your holiday in Egypt.

10. Mount Sinai
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Mount Sinai is the highest peak in the town of Saint Kahterine's. Mount Sinai visited by many tourists, because in this mountain Moses received a revelation from God, the 10 commandments given to the Israelites. At the peak of Sinai also stands a mosque and a church, and many climbers are attracted to the top.

9. Temple of Karnak


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The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut (Most select of places) by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu.
For the largely uneducated ancient Egyptian population this could only have been the place of the gods. It is the mother of all religious buildings, the largest ever made and a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years.
Karnak is the home of the god Amun who was an insignificant local god until the 12th dynasty when Thebes became the capital of Egypt. He was represented in his original state as a goose and later as a ram, at the height of his power he was shown as a human with a head dress of feathers - all that remained of the goose.
In ancent times wars were not fought between countries but were considered as contests between gods. One deity subduing and replacing another, the victorious god and its people growing in strength. This is how Amon, with the help of Thutmose III and various other New Kingdom kings, rose to become the first supreme god of the known world and was hailed as God of gods. Little is know of him, unlike most other gods he has no legends or miracles to impress his worshippers and seems to be closer to an abstract idea of a godhead. His followers came from all the strata of society and he was known to some as 'Vizier of the poor.'
All Egyptian temples had a sacred lake, Karnak's is the largest. It was used during festivals when images of the gods would sail across it on golden barges. Karnak was also the home of a flock of geese dedicated to Amun.

8. Sharm el-Sheikh
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Sharm el-Sheikh is the Egyptian tourist city, lots of entertainment and tourist facilities are here. Strategic position overlooking the Gulf of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba, Sharm el-Sheikh heavenly water attractions such as snorkeling, scuba diving and more. In Sharm el-Sheikh, we can see Mount Sinai and Naama Bay. Golf courses with full facilities are also available there.

7. Hurghada


Hurghada is a city in Egypt located on the Red Sea and is famous for its beautiful beaches with white sand. Hurghada also offers tourist spots are well-supported facilities. In Hurghada there are many resorts, hotels and inns. Hurghada Beach Coral reefs are considered the most beautiful in the world. Hurghada also become an international center of water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, diving and more.
6. Nile River


The Nile is the longest river in the world and the legendary where Prophet Moses had washed away into the Nile until it was discovered by the daughter of Pharaoh. The Nile is the heart of Egypt's population lives. Egyptian society rests on the Nile. Starting from tourism facilities, dams, the center of economy, agriculture, fisheries, transportation and others. No one if there is a saying that says, "The Nile is a gift to the people of Egypt".
5. Luxor
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Luxor was the ancient city of Heliopolis in the South, in Luxor there are many historical sites such as the ancient Egyptian monuments lies, ruins of temples and tombs as well as the largest open air museum. Tourism became the foundation of the economy of Luxor.
4. Red Sea
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Red Sea is called in scripture when Moses parted the Red Sea with his cane. When the Prophet Moses and his followers the Israelites escape the Pharaoh. Suez Canal connects the Red Sea (Egypt) to the Mediterranean Sea. Red Sea biodiversity, coral reefs, atolls and high salinity. Although many harmful species in the Red Sea, but it did not dampen the divers to enjoy its beauty.
3. Alexandria


Alexandria or Al Iskandariyya Alexandria is Egypt's second largest city and one of the most famous cities in the world. In Alexandria there is a sphinx and the ancient Roman theater. The Great Lighthouse in the 7 Wonders of the World. Many tourists are attracted to visit Alexandria as a very beautiful place.
2. Cairo


The capital of Egypt is the largest city in Africa and the most populous. Cairo also as a center of Islamic scholarship. The world's oldest university Al Azhar also in Cairo. Building houses, ancient buildings are very thick with Islamic architecture. Cairo is the nickname for the city by 1000 the tower. Because of the mosques in Cairo at least have 2 towers.
1. Pyramids and Sphinx


Egypt is almost identical with its pyramids and sphinx. There are more than 80 pyramids in Egypt, and the largest pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx is the greatest shpinx. In the pyramid there are mummies of kings or bodies are preserved, while the sphinx is a statue of a lion-headed man. Pyramid and sphinx in Egypt prove that the highest man-made structure in the world that holds many mysteries.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Amazing Raja Ampat - Wonderful Indonesia

Raja Ampat (Papua - Indonesia) is a tour destination for all reasons to visit. From the highest point in the sky down to the ocean floor, Raja Ampat has the fascinating beauty for everyone. If there is a tour destination you must visit at least once in a lifetime, Raja Ampat is one of them.


World's Last Paradise, this is the name Raja Ampat archipelago is widely known and called today. It may sound an exaggeration, but not for those who have been there. Raja Ampat archipelago consists of a group of large and small islands, strands of coral reefs, mountains, tropical forests, white sandy beaches and varieties of wildlife making Raja Ampat’s landscape an unmatched beauty.





The landscape of Raja Ampat is beautifully crafted like strings of pearls enchanting everyone who sees it. It is really not easy to find the right phrases to describe the beauty. The scenery of Raja Ampat is a natural view which will make your heart tremble, your breath stuck and your skin goose bumps when you look at it. Its beauty will make some of you to shed the tears admiring just how magnificent and merciful Creator giving the natural resources Raja Ampat archipelago.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mysterious Monuments in the World

1. Apocalypse


On a barren hill in northeastern Georgia stands one of the monuments of the world's most bizarre and mysterious. But that was not created during ancient times. Known as the 'Georgia Guidestones', a stone structure with a height of 16 meters, 20 tons of polished granite slabs and written in eight languages.

2. Lake Michigan Stonehenge.

The researchers were quite surprised when they find what appears to be ancient structures like Stonehenge 40 meters below the water surface of Lake Michigan. 

3. Underwater Ruins in Japan.

On the southern coast of Yonaguni, Japan, lie submerged ruins, an estimated 8,000 years. It was found in 1995 by a diver who strayed too far from the coast of Okinawa with camera in hand. 

4. Submerged Wonders of Alexandria, Egypt.

Off the coast of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great (Iskandar Zulkarnain, cousin of the Prophet Khidr), the absence of what is believed to be the ruins of Cleopatra's kingdom. It is believed that earthquakes over 1,500 years ago makes this building fell into the sea, along with artifacts, statues and other parts of the palace of Cleopatra.

5. The Mysterious Stones of Baalbek.

Largest Roman temple once stood, was found not built on the ruins of Greece or Rome, but in Baalbek, Lebanon. No one knows what makes this site so special in Rome, to encourage them to build, move and assemble so many stone blocks.

6. Easter Island. 
 

Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui in the South Pacific Ocean, the most famous monumental sculptures created by the Rapanui people. It weighs about 86 tons, which describe how great achievements Rapanui people who have created and move them. 

7. Stonehenge. 
 
One of the world famous monument is probably the Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire England. Although theories and speculations have sprung up, no one knows what the original purpose of prehistoric monuments and remains one of the greatest mysteries of the world.

8. Machu Picchu.


Machu Picchu is the best preserved beautiful city of the Inca Empire, located in the Andean highlands of Peru, on a steep mountain with a nearly flat surface.

9. Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
 

Few people know that the modern African country, Zimbabwe, there are ruins of stone, situated in the countryside. The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are some of the oldest and largest structures in South Africa.

10. Peru's Chavin de Huantar Ruins.

Although not as famous as the ruins of Machu Picchu, the ruins of Peru Huantar Chavan is also an interesting legacy. So obvious, why Chavan culture has disappeared, although some communities believe that the ruins Huantar Chavan provide clues about why some civilizations vanish.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thailand Cultural Heritage and Traditions among His Modern Tourism

For years now, Thailand has been a major tourist destination for those seeking beautiful beaches, a vibrant nightlife and an endless variety of crowded clubs and bars.

However, if you’re looking for a more cultural experience, the country also has a lot to offer with its gorgeous shrines and historical palaces. Most of these landmarks are very well-maintained — evidence that, despite changing times, Thais still hold tight to their cultural heritage and traditions.

Since I never really liked clubs or bars, I was very excited when I was offered the opportunity to visit two of the most important cultural heritage landmarks in Thailand during a brief stay there last January.

Our first destination was Phra Narai Rajanivet or the King Narai Palace, which was built by King Narai the Great who ruled Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688. Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767.

The palace is located in Muang district, Lopburi province, a charming small town approximately 150 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, about a 2.5 hour-long bus ride. Along the way you’ll get the chance to see many buildings built in both rustic and classical Thai architectural styles.

Lopburi was once considered perfect for trading because it was surrounded by water. King Narai chose to stay in the palace almost year round, except for during the rainy season, when he preferred to return to Ayutthaya.

“At that time, King Narai felt like Ayutthaya was no longer safe as the capital city, so he decided to build a palace here in Lopburi,” Natalie, our tour guide, told us.

Natalie said that King Narai’s kingdom had close friendships with Persia and India, which is reflected in the architecture of many of the palace’s buildings. Some of the buildings have curved, vaunted ceilings, similar to those found in many Persian palaces.

“It is said that, back in the day, this palace was exquisitely beautiful. When the night came, thousands of candles were lit and it looked marvelous,” Natalie said.

Most parts of the palace complex have been reduced to ruins, but some buildings remain intact — including the Chantara Phisan Pavilion that is now used as a museum. It contains an excellent collection of Buddhist manuscripts, palanquins and paintings in memory of King Narai.

“This building was renovated in the 1960s,” said Natalie.

After King Narai’s death in 1688, the palace was abandoned until King Rama IV restored it in 1856.

“You might remember King Rama the IV from the musical ‘The King and I’ or ‘Anna and the King’,” Natalie said.

The next day I decided to join some friends visiting the Grand Palace or Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, located in the heart of Bangkok. Since it was a nice sunshiny day, we decided to take a tuk-tuk, or an auto-riskshaw.

I was giddy with anticipation because I have heard a lot about the palace. I was hoping it would live up to my expectations.

“You can’t say you’ve been to Bangkok if you don’t take time to see the Grand Palace, it’s truly a masterpiece of art, so breathtaking,” Jun, our tuk-tuk driver, explained in fluent English.

The Grand Palace complex was built in 1782 and the 218,000 square meter complex consists of the royal residence, throne halls and a number of government offices. It is also the home of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, where Thai Buddhists can be seen praying and paying their daily respects.

Since it was Saturday, the palace grounds were packed and I ran into dozens of Indonesian tourists on the grounds.

To enter the palace, we first had to purchase tickets for 350 baht ($11) per person. Jun had warned me that the ticket booth was only open until 3:30 p.m, but visitors are allowed to stay inside the complex until 4 p.m. The dress code for the palace is quite strict. Men must wear long pants and shirt sleeves, while women should wear long skirts or pants, while tank-tops are strictly prohibited. Just outside the palace, there are many stalls that rent clothes to those who show up improperly dressed.

The whole complex is mesmerizing. Consisting of 43 buildings, I was stunned by all of its golden shrines and the gigantic stupas, each meticulously carved down to the tiniest detail.

I certainly did not want to miss the opportunity to see the Emerald Buddha, a tall sculpture carved from a single block of emerald green jade clad in traditional Thai garb that is changed three times a year, depending on the season. Unfortunately no cameras are allowed inside the shrine.

The Emerald Buddha was discovered in 1434 in a stupa in Chiang Rai and remains a venerated site for Thai Buddhists. The complex holding the shrine also serves as the monarchy’s private chapel.

All visitors are asked to take off their shoes before entering the temple where the Emerald Buddha reclines. Thais bowed respectfully before the statue.

Natalie said that, despite Bangkok’s adaptation to and fondness for modern life, most Thais are practicing Buddhists. She said that most young Buddhist men live as monks for a few months once they reach 20 years of age. They live in a temple and eat modestly.

“In the old days, women would refuse to marry men who haven’t lived as monks as they would not be considered adults,” she said.

I left Thailand the next day sure of one thing — despite the country’s Buddhist majority, other religions and faiths are allowed to flourish peacefully. All Thai people seem to share a common respect for the country’s cultural heritage. It is the kind of respect and harmony that seems to be missing here in Indonesia. Maybe someday we can achieve the same state of religious and cultural harmony. Source