The Travelogue

Introduction

This creative post will expand upon the cliché of “a picture telling a thousand words”. The creative medium used is Instagram and the pictures are of historical ruins around the world which I personally find fascinating and would like to share. There are 2 rationales behind the construction of this particular post. First, it relates to the first question of the entry quiz of class 15, which asked something to the effect of where I would like to travel to. It made me remember that I would like to go to Machu Picchu someday and takes pictures with the llamas there. Second, such a post enables me to share a historical site which I visited in around June of last year, which is Ayutthaya: the old capital of Thailand.

All in all, it is hoped that this creative post will act as some sort of travelogue (although not in the strictest sense as I have only personally been to Ayutthaya). The aim, or takeaway, is to pique the interest of the readers to not only know about the sites but also to appreciate each of their unique histories. To this end, there will be a paragraph or two of descriptions/ interpretations for each individual post. The focus will be on depth - as seen by the rather lengthy individual post - over breadth. Personally, I feel that we should not just see these great relics of the past at face value, as behind each ruin lay a story to tell. Therefore, we will only do them justice if we are also able to appreciate the greater meaning these sites.

The link to the Instagram account is: https://www.instagram.com/ugc111travelogue/.

reflections

The primary aim was only to tell the unique histories behind each pictures. However, as I did them, I realized that the histories are not in any way constrained in and of itself. In other words, I find that history is not static but rather an agglomeration of themes/ ideas. For example, the post on the Buddha head not only shows the back story of the fighting that led to its present state, but also the idea of the spread of religion to faraway places. Therefore, in a way, the process of creating such a post is such that researching on one idea leads to many questions and these questions lead to many other more. This makes for an engaging process and I feel much more appreciative of each and every photos. I hope the readers will too.

Reference list (in Chronological order of post)

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Buddha Head in Tree Roots, Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya. (2011). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from http://www.thaizer.com/tourist-attractions/buddha-head-in-tree-roots-wat-mahathat-ayutthaya/

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