Monthly Archive:: January 2014

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TRAVEL NEWS: UNESCO to preserve heritage sites along the Silk Road, incl. The Reclining Buddha of Tajikistan

UNESCO, in cooperation with the Japanese Government, has launched several cultural heritage conservation projects along the Silk Road. Two projects in China (the Longmen Grottoes and the Kumtra Thousand Caves), and three projects in Central Asia (the

TRAVEL NEWS: Namgyal Monks and the Kalachakra Initaition

Many of the monks who attend the Kalachakra Sand Painting Initiation come from the Namgyal Monastery. The monastery was founded in 16th-century Tibet by the second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso. Since its founding, the Namgyal monks have

TRAVEL NEWS: Two Museums in Belarus celebrate Mark Chagall

The city of Vitebsk lies in the heart of the country of Belarus. Formerly a river harbor in the Russian Empire, Vitebsk has another claim to fame: it is the birthplace of world renown Russian-French modernist painter

TRAVEL NEWS: The 400-year-old History of Zildjian Cymbals in Armenia and the United States

Among the most famous names in Armenian culture is that of Zildjian, the world famous cymbal makers. At nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world. Avedis I was an Armenian
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