Tomb of Tu Duc | Hue, Vietnam

Taj Mahal Architecture: Origins in Humayun’s Tomb (Video)

The Buddhist Stupa: Architecture & Symbolism

The Hindu Temple Explained

Music of the Seychelles

AUM: Symbol, Sound and Silence

Borobudur: Relief Scenes from the Life of the Buddha (Video)

Borobudur, a massive 9th century Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia, holds some of the best reliefs in the Buddhist world, recounting events in the life of the Buddha. Approach Guides’ founder David Raezer offers a tour of the eight best reliefs. This video is produced as part of our Insights Series in conjunction our guidebook on the subject “The Temples of Java: Borobudur and Prambanan

Eastern Influences on St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy (Video)

In this episode of our Insights series, Jennifer Raezer, Approach Guides founder, explores the eastern influences that shaped the art and architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, highlighting the church’s domes, floorplan, and mosaics, which were influenced by Venice’s interaction with the Byzantine (Constantinople/Istanbul) and Fatimid (Cairo) empires.

Cultural Insight: Buddhist Prayer Beads

Visiting Varanasi (Benares): History, Sunrise, and the Ghats