The Streets

The Lamps of Buddha by Alex Metcalfe

The Lanterns of Buddha

Colourful lotus lanterns adorn the streets and temples of Seoul, South Korea in celebration of the Buddha's Birthday, known as "Bucheonim osin nai"- the day when the Buddha came. 

On the day many temples provide free meals to all visitors. The breakfast and lunch provided are often sanchea bibimbap; a bowl of warm rice and gochujang (chili pepper paste).

Seoul, South Korea. 2012

On the Streets of Singapore by Alex Metcalfe

Many think of Singapore as a quick long haul stop over. But the city is a diverse mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Arab people, all offering their own fantastic takes on traditional food. Well worth a visit for a couple of days. 

I took a stroll one morning in The Arab Quarter, as the muezzin cried softly through the streets, rubbing shoulders with veiled strangers who glanced mysteriously from kohl rimmed eyes. 

The Arab Quarter, Singapore 2013.