Historic Temples of Japan: Todaji Home of the Great Buddha of Nara. The Great Buddha of Nara was built to honor Vairocana Buddha as a protector of Japan. Buddhist monks clean the dust from the 15-meter-high Great Buddha at the Todaiji Temple on August 7, 2008 in Nara, Japan. The Great Buddha was completed in AD 752.
Sukhothai Historical Park (Thailand). 'Step back in time about 800 years at Thailand’s most impressive historical park. Exploring the ruins of this former capital by bicycle is the classic Thailand experience, and is a leisurely way to wind through the crumbling temples, graceful Buddha statues and fish-filled ponds.'
Miyajima Island (Japan) also known as 'Shrine Island' - entire island is filled with shrines and temples - this is part of the Buddhist temple called the Daisho-in Temple. 500 Rakan statues line the sidewalk (rakan means disciple of Buddha and the 500 statues represent the 500 followers of 'Shaka,' the historical Buddha.)
Photograph by Paul Whitton, My Shot Standing at low tide, the torii on Miyajima is thrown into silhouette as the sun sinks behind a mountain. The famous vermilion gate was built in 1875 and is the largest in Japan, standing about 53 feet (16 meters) high. Torii are traditionally built as entrances to Shinto shrines. Next »
Hachiko Statue, Shibuya, Tokyo. This is a statue of a dog who always waited for his master to come home on the afternoon train. One day, his master didn't come home. Still, the dog waited at the same time every day for years, until he died. I read a book about this and it's such a sweet story of devotion.