Asian Resorts by Akihiko Seki, Elizabeth Heilman Brooke

By Akihiko Seki, Elizabeth Heilman Brooke

Be it the mountain sizzling spring retreats of Japan or the crystal transparent waters of the Pacific, this exploration takes you to the main beautiful lodges round Asia. in addition to breathtaking images taken by means of the writer, Asian Resorts contains particular tales according to firsthand interviews. This e-book drops you into a dream global of the therapeutic powers of a typical spa, the clean air that includes wooded area hikes, the superb wonders of snorkeling amidst tropical coral reefs, and the easy joys of fishing, golf, unique cooking and extra.

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There has been a mosque on the site since 1824, and the present one dates from 1928. a land of many beliefs Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and others have learned to live side by side, tolerant of each other’s very different religious beliefs. p EOPLE, WHO CAME TO SETTLE in Singapore from many lands, often brought their religious beliefs and philosophies with them. More than half the people are Buddhist, Taoist or Confucianist. About 15 per cent profess the Islamic faith, and a similar percentage are Christians.

The Merlion is half fish, half lion, and it was created by the tourism authorities in 1964 as a national symbol for Singapore. The serene and more simply laid out Japanese Garden was inspired by the fine classical Japanese gardens of the 15th–17th centuries. These pagodas in the Chinese Garden are in the Sung Dynasty style—the lights in the background are from government apartment blocks; a tea-house in the Chinese Garden provides shady relief from the blazing sun on a hot day; peaceful scenes like this are frequently the chosen setting for a young couple’s wedding costume photographs.

More than half the people are Buddhist, Taoist or Confucianist. About 15 per cent profess the Islamic faith, and a similar percentage are Christians. Three or four per cent are Hindus. Of course, some Singaporeans do not follow any religion and, if asked, describe themselves as free-thinkers. In a tiny nation (a little over 600 square kilometres) with such a mixture of beliefs, keeping the peace has not always been easy, and parliament has passed laws to ensure religious and cultural harmony. Observing weddings, funerals and other ceremonies is one way to gain an insight into other people’s belief systems, and Singaporeans of varying beliefs happily attend each other’s rites of passage and special feast days.

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