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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

Tháp Phú Diên: Ancient Huế’s Lost Champa Tower

Imagine the thrill of digging at the beach and finding not only shells or buried treasure, but an entire ancient temple from lost to the literal sands of time. This is the story of Tháp Phú Diên, a Cham Hindu… Continue Reading →

Ancient Chiang Mai: Top 5 Must-See Archaeology Sites

Welcome to the Lanna Kingdom Chiang Mai was, for centuries, the cultural center of the Lanna Kingdom, one of several Thai polities existing concurrently. At its height, Lanna controlled or influenced the northern areas of what is now Thailand, as… Continue Reading →

Vesali: Ancient Rakhine’s Second Capital

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To stumble unexpectedly upon tales of a Lost City,… Continue Reading →

Ancient Lopburi: Lost Cities Travel Guide

Kim and I stepped out of the van from Bangkok 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… 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 which 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 →

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