Did you know that Southern Tasmania has some of the tallest trees in the world? Take a hike through the lush green eucalypt forests of Tasmania, home to the tallest flowering plant ever found, the Eucalypts regnans as you visit the Tahune Air Walk. The Air Walk is not only an architectural marvel but faces an amazing view of the mountains and rivers that surround the conservation.
Culture in the Maldives Islands is a very distinct aspect of its people. The history of the island involves a period of Buddhism followed by the introduction of Islam in the 12th century. As a result, there is an interesting mix of aesthetic ideals that collect and transform the way Maldivians create their unique artwork.
Calligraphy is an ancient art form which is used to adorn beautifully decorated texts, especially those of religious significance such as the Qur’an. Visitors to the island will find many documents and engravings depicting verses from the Holy Qur’an on the walls of important historical sites. The Hukuru Miskiy in Male’ is an example of an ancient site that displays amazingly engraved tombstones with religious excerpts in perfect calligraphic style. Such artistic marvels could be further appreciated when one considers that this art form is now obsolete due to the mastery of calligraphy and engraving skills needed to create such feats. Visitors to the island interested in witnessing such artistic marvels should pay a visit to the Hukuru Misikiy; the oldest existing mosque in the Maldives islands.
Apart from the aged art of ornate writing, there are objects available for tourist to take home with them. Wood Lacquer Ware is a speciality item available mainly on the island of Thulhaadhoo in Baa Atoll. The process of making Wood Lacquer Ware involves the hollowing of wood taken from the Alexandrian Laurel and the crafting of gorgeous boxes and ornaments. Such trinkets would make splendid mementos or souvenirs to take back to one’s own home country. Additionally there are distinctly Maldivian mats which are most abundant in the Gadhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. The women of this region fashion a fantastic array of “Thundu Kunaa” which display fascinating abstract designs that turn an ordinary mat into a thing of beauty.
The cultural exquisiteness that the Maldives islands offers is a staggering affair. As such, one will naturally be in search of a Maldives resort that displays its countries artistic heritage with pride and taste. Some of the many Maldives luxury hotels would certainly provide such an ambiance, but none more so than the Anantara Dhigu, Maldives. This fine establishment situated in Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Male Atoll, is a haven that epitomizes the serene beauty of the Maldives. Visitors to the islands will be able to unwind and enjoy the cool breeze across the crystal clear waters.
Kabuki is a highly stylized Japanese form of theatre that originates from the red light district of Edo and began in 1603 as performing a new style of dance and drama on the riverbeds of Kyoto.”Kabuki” means “song and dance” and this form of theatre attracted a diverse mix of social classes unlike the older forms of Japanese arts that entertained the high class Japanese society.
Kabuki play usually tackle social and political issues such as moral conflicts, historic events and love relationships where the actors of these plays used an ancient form of Japanese speak in rather dull tones and are spiced up with the use of ancient Japanese music. The speciality of this art is that it is staged on a rotating platform equipped with trapdoors that are used as entry and exit points by the actor and the footbridge that brings the actors almost a few feet away from the audience. Initially actors of both genders were allowed to act in Kabuki plays although this changed as time went on. Women were forbidden from acting in Kabuki plays, and this is in place even today.
The Kabukiza theatre is located in the area of Ginza. Inside the theatre the scene resembles an enormous family get-together. The theatre holds around 2,500 spectators. Given that an entire play continues for several hours visitors often select certain acts they would like to see as it is not considered rude to leave in between acts. This provides quite a bustling business to surrounding tea houses and restaurants. Tickets for the plays can be pre-ordered by phone or be purchased at the theatre.
The Somerset Roppongi is amongst Tokyo’s leading apartment properties and is conveniently located 5 minutes away from the subway station providing instant access to the city. This Tokyo apartment complex consists of 64 residences that include one and two bed roomed apartments that are spacious and elegantly designed to suit the needs of the business and leisure traveler. These serviced apartments Tokyo are provided with other amnesties such as home entertainment systems, broadband Internet access and a kitchen that is fully equipped. Somerset Roppongi is the perfect substitute with a refreshing difference to your everyday hotel.
Extensive planning has been put in to developing Putrajaya as a contemporary city that occupies an area of about 5,000 hectares. The most up to date technologies and infrastructure have been incorporated to build this exceptional city. The well-paved roads and streets have been created to give a distinctly stylish European feel. Most government buildings have been designed in a way that blends both contemporary architectural styles and traditional Islamic arts.
A waterway has been built through the city which flows directly to an outsized lake. Putrajaya also features breathtaking landscapes that include parks and water lands that give the city a relaxing and picturesque ambience.
There are numerous places to explore while in Putrajaya which is only a few minutes away from the KLIA airport. Among the many fascinating attractions is the Putra Mosque which is an attractive structure that reveals the architectural growth of Muslim mosques. The pink dome and minarets of Putra Mosque are its prominent and unique features. It is beautifully and skilfully erected across the waters of the
To explore Malaysian flora and fauna, travellers will have to head towards the northern sector of Precinct 1 where the impressive Botanical Garden lies. It is also known as an unmatched place for research and education.
Putrajaya is also home to Dataran Putra which is also known as
There are plenty of ways to get to Putrajaya. For instance, travellers can use the bus, railway or ferry services from
Regarded by visitors as the tiny teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka offers travellers many attractions which are appealing and diverse. Among the abundant sites include those of archeological and historical importance and abundant natural wonders. Golden sandy beaches, stunning landscapes interspersed with a deep sense of culture and tradition, make the nation an ideal destination.
Sri Lanka’s rich history portrays an era of kingdoms and their subjects. The island holds many majestic ruins of royal households allowing locals and visitors alike a window into the lives of this bygone epoch. In the heritage city of Polonnaruwa lie the Royal Palace of King Parakumba. The vestiges of this structure indicate the magnificence of the abode.
Cites in the country’s cultural triangle such as Anuradhapura and Sigiriya also house royal palaces. King Vijayabahu’s residence and Nissanka Malla’s citadel in Anuradhapura are significant architectural masterpiece of ancient times. Ruins of the fortress located atop of Sigiriya reveal chambers, courtyards and terraces. These ruins present an insight into this long-gone period.
The Royal Palace of Kandy is considered as the surviving dwelling belonging to the Kandyan sovereignty. Lived in by the last King, until overthrown, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the facility housed both the royal court, better known in local parlance as the Magul Maduwa and the Temple of the tooth, which contains the much venerated Relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
The complex is significant both architecturally and historically, especially the great hall which housed audiences for the King. Built by wood, the pillars predate the late 1700s where the royal court was assembled. To-date however, few vestiges of palace grandeur remain. The country’s Department of Archeology has ceremoniously taken over the residual complex buildings and created a national museum for visitors to experience true Kandyan royalty.
The country’s hill capital Kandy offers visitors numerous options when selecting Sri Lanka hotels. The scenic countryside and salubrious setting make it the perfect getaway. A Sri Lanka Honeymoon Hotel for those seeking romance and solitude is the Jetwing Hunas Falls. A popular destination for visitors seeking to celebrate their new nuptials, this hotel provides the unspoiled location.