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A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

A Visit to the National Mosque, Masjid Negara | Explore Malaysia

I really wanted to visit the Masjid Jemak as it is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur and I love history and architecture, but alas it was under construction and only open to worshippers. So I did the next best thing, I went to the National Mosque which is where the King of Malaysia prays on Fridays, I mean how amazing is that!

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur | Explore Malaysia

On my second day in Malaysia I hopped on the metro and headed to Merdeka Square. I had actually been planning on visiting a mosque near there, but unfortunately it was under construction and so I decided to wander about the square. I took the train to Masjid Jamek station, which is also the name of the mosque that precedes Merdeka Square.

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Tea Fields | Explore Malaysia

  When planning my trip to Malaysia, I knew that one of the things I most wanted to see was the Cameron Highlands. It is pretty obvious within the first few minutes of knowing me that I drink a lot of tea and I really wanted to try some of the tea that is made on the plantations in this area of Malaysia.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

Batu Caves and Little India | Explore Malaysia

While in Malaysia I wanted to explore all the different aspects of Malaysian culture. I wanted to be sure to see and learn about each culture that blended to make the Malaysian culture so unique. This included visiting specific religious sites. As I was on my own I booked a few different tours to help me get to the places I wanted to go since this was sort of my first solo trip. One of the tours I booked was…

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U-do | Explore Korea

U-do | Explore Korea

U-do is a little island off of an island. When we were in Jeju-do we decided to take a day trip to U-do and see what this little island had to offer. To get there we took a bus from Jeju City to the port and hopped on a ferry. The island’s name means cow, apparently it is shaped like one.

Manjanggulsa Cave, the Volcanic Remnants of Jejudo | Explore Korea

Manjanggulsa Cave, the Volcanic Remnants of Jejudo | Explore Korea

One of the cool things about Jeju is that it was once a volcano and you can find remnants of this all around the island. Manjanggulsa Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world. We decided that this would be something very interesting to see and so we hopped on a bus. When we arrived, we actually had to walk for a bit near some fields, and in very high heat. When we reached the cave we…

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Getting Lost and Hiking to the Sanbanggulsa Grotto | Explore Korea

Getting Lost and Hiking to the Sanbanggulsa Grotto | Explore Korea

As this title suggests we got a little lost. Took a bus, missed the stop and got off somewhere unknown. But no worries, we just had to walk a little and voila! We found the sight we had been trying to get too. We live in a country with a history of Buddhist culture and an island full of legends about mythical creatures and moments that are hard to believe.

Jeju City and Seogwipo, Jeju-do | Explore Korea

Jeju City and Seogwipo, Jeju-do | Explore Korea

We were told it was “Korea’s Hawaii” and when we landed we were absolutely sure it had lived up to that name. The second we exited the airport we were met with a wave of humidity and a view of palm trees, it was like we had really arrived in a tropical paradise. We were ready to spend six glorious days exploring the island, breathing in fresh air (sometimes a rarity where we live in Korea) and relaxing.