“Visit somewhere connected Global Studies.” This one was also difficult one because I couldn’t imagine the places connected “Global Studies” in Bangkok. Thai has lots of races like Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Laotian, and Japanese. I therefore looked for the incidents about conflicts or wars between Thailand and other countries, and I figured out Thailand and France once had a war of colonization. After terrible war, Thailand won and prevented their kingdom. However, a lot of Thai solders were dead at the same time.
“Victory Monument” is located in near Siam where is the most famous among tourist. Every Thai calls this monument “ Anusawari”. I think Thai people will be wondered when you say victory monument because Thai people don’t know the English name of that monument. “ Anusawari” was erected in 1941 as a memorial of the people who died in the war. Thai people regard this monument as the disapproving symbol of militarism.
This monument is now one of the biggest intersections in Bangkok. It has also many bus terminals around the monument. The van, which will head to Pataya, Hua-Hin, Ayuttaya, and other many amazing places where should be tourist’s destinations. In fact, I saw many tourists when I visited here, and was talking to local Thais and some tourists. In addition, there is a kind of large BTS station near the monument; you can see lifestyles not only of high school students, but also university students, office workers, and local people.
“Anuwasari” is famous for hub terminal of van and bus to go to other destinations among tourists, but it has a curious background to know for tourists as well. I hope you will visit here and observe the people doings. It would be valuable experience for you.
The three of my favorite places in Dublin are Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse and Temple bar. Trinity College is the oldest college in Ireland. It was built by Elizabeth first in 1592. The most interesting points of this college are its library called Old Library and The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells means four gospels, and they are one of the best treasures in Ireland. They are dedicated in Old Library. Old Library has a lot of books, and in the long room, which is located its second floor, you can see about 200,000 books. The same room also has the oldest harp, which is one of the traditional instruments in Ireland.
Guinness is famous beer and its history began in Ireland and has been continued since 1759. Guinness Storehouse is located in the big beer brewery, and this brewery is the biggest even in Europe. Guinness Storehouse is seven-story building. We can see the process of making Guinness and learn the history of Guinness in this building. It cost 14 euro to enter Guinness storehouse. It’s a bit expensive, but I think it’s worth paying because the tour is really good and after finishing it, we can enjoy one pint (about 570ml) of Guinness for free.
Pub is the most famous thing in Dublin. If you plan to go to Dublin, you must visit the temple bar. A lot of pubs gathered in this place, and music lives are took place almost every night in many pubs. These lives are usually for tourists, but sometimes Irish traditional lives are held. If you could encounter these lives, you would be able to see very rare instruments like tin whistle and harp. Sometimes people do Irish dance, the Irish traditional dance, to the music. Few days ago I saw it and it was so good. I can have fun and find new things every time I going to pub.
Two weeks have passed since my arrival in Dublin, but I still know few about Ireland. I want to visit places in Ireland as many as I can and learn more about Ireland.
The Mormon Temple in Oakland in California/Religious facility
I visited to “Oakland Temple-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-” in Oakland in California during Thanksgiving holidays.
The reason why I visited this temple is that I found the beautiful picture of temple when I searched about Oakland. And I had never been to Mormon Church, so I decided to go there.
What is Mormonism?
The original name of Mormonism is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)”. But people call it “Mormonism” commonly. And it is a new religion from Christianity and founded by Joseph Smith in the late 1820s. The feature of this religion is that they have a book of Mormon, and they deny the Trinity. Therefore they say that Mormonism is different from Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox Church.
The looks of the temple was really beautiful like the picture. And I went to the visitor’s center next to the temple. In the building, there were some information about “What are they believing”, “What is Jesus Christ for them”, “What do they have in the temple" and so on. And there were some women as guiders who are from different countries, also American too. They said that they are taking training there, so they came to America to study more about Mormon, and they are going to stay there about for 1 year or 1 year and half. Also one of the women said that she was Buddhist when she was child because her mother was Buddhist, but after she had own opinion, she changed her religion to Mormonism. It is very interesting because I know some people who decided their religion based on their family’s religion. So I thought it is good because she has her opinion, and she found the religion with same idea.
After that, they asked me about my religion, and if I want to be Mormon. And they heard my phone number. At that time, I realized that they was trying to invite me to be Mormon. I thought that they don’t have to do it. I mean if people are interested in the religion, they will ask. So I felt a little bit strange.
Also, I could not enter the temple because it was the temple, not just church which means it is very sophisticated place which means special place to be Mormon, so people who are not Mormon cannot enter without some steps to be Mormon. But they said that there are some special cases that people who are not Mormon can enter the temple. For example, when Mormon have wedding in the temple, the Mormon’s families who are not Mormon can enter the temple. So, it is not the things that people who are not Mormon never can enter the temple.