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Lost Cities

“. . . where there was not a soul to be found
and where there were no roads,
perhaps there
could I discover traces
of some ancient civilization.”
– Sven Hedin

Ancient Lopburi and the Monkey Temple of Lavo

Kim and I stepped out of the van a little before midnight. But, we were still 5 km from our destination. There were not a lot of options, and we ended up settling into a deal for a ride in… Continue Reading →

Ancient Champasak: Vat Tomo

Despite being in close proximity to the wondrous Vat Phou, Vat Tomo is a related Khmer Empire ruin that is often overlooked by tourists visiting the area. Indeed, upon my first visit to Champasak in 2013, I didn’t even know… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Lost Cities of 2018

During Paths Unwritten’s history, I’ve stated several times that archaeological sites and my interest in them are a large part of why I continue traveling. During 2018, I had the pleasure of visiting archaeology sites in 9 different countries, five… Continue Reading →

3 Lost Cities You’ve (probably) Never Heard Of

These sentiments from Swedish explorer, and undoubtedly controversial figure, Sven Hedin encapsulate the air of mystery that still enshrouds our image of lost cities to this day. And while so many of these have since been found, studied, and made… Continue Reading →

Chongqing City Gates: Ancient Tongyuanmen and Dongshuimen

For hundreds of years, Chongqing stood as an important wharf and outpost in the west of Chinese territory. Straddling the intersection of the Jialing River into the important eastward Yangtze River, it was a valuable strategic location. Evidence of defensive… Continue Reading →

Dungeshwari Cave Temple: Where Buddha Starved Himself to Death

In the various sects of Buddhism found throughout the world, there exists the common agreement that there are four important pilgrimage sites that embody the most important stages in the life of Siddhartha Guatama. Those are: 1) Lumbini – Where… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing (VIDEO)

  An Intro to Pagodas A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it… Continue Reading →

Is Gunung Padang Evidence of the World’s Oldest Civilization?

World’s oldest civilization? No. For years now, the mysterious mountaintop monument of Gunung Padang has been one of the most-cited evidences of a grand prehistoric civilization forgotten to time. The proponents of this range from well-known names like Graham Hancock… Continue Reading →

Prang Ku: Angkor’s Northern Frontier

A millennium ago, the Khmer Empire ruled over most of South East Asia. The grandeur of this civilization is well-known from the splendor of their capital at Angkor, at modern-day Siem Reap in Cambodia. There, massive monuments such as the… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing

A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it is actually an extension of… Continue Reading →

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