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A photography documentation of the people of Nepal by Leow Hou Teng, Houteng.
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People of Nepal

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09 May People of Nepal

I was fortunate to have visited Nepal in May 2014, a year before the the recent earthquake that hit the capital city of Kathmandu on 25th April 2015. The quake has since taken 8000 lives, destroying homes and several UNESCO world heritage sites. For the friends and locals I have befriended, for the city full of vibrant culture and heritage, for the beautiful, vast mountains, I sincerely pray for the people of Nepal to pull through these tying times.

My trip in Nepal has been a rewarding one, particularly because, it was my first solo trip and my first trekking experience. Chinese saying, ‘在家靠父母, 出外靠朋友’ , while at home, you depend on your family, while you are out, you depend on your friends. At times where you travel alone over long periods of time, no matter how introverted you may be, you will be forced to approach and befriend strangers you meet along the way, asking for directions, recommendations to a certain attraction or places to eat or even to share an opinion about a place you have been to, to fellow travelers during a quick exchange at a meal time. These snippets and people that you meet are all part of your socio-cultural travel experience.

 

For the friends and locals I have befriended, for the city full of vibrant culture and heritage, for the beautiful, vast mountains, I sincerely pray for the people of Nepal to pull through these tying times.

 

A monk praying and collecting alms at Kathmandu Durbar Square that is full of pigeons, seemingly undisturbed by the chaos surrounding him.

 

An old lady standing among clay pots that were left to dry under the sun. Pots are culturally rich artefacts as they are frequently used in worshiping or in daily life.

 

A devotee at the Hiranya Varna Mahavihar Golden Temple at Lalitpur. She smiled for the photograph and later asked for a little money. I gladly passed a few of my spare change.

 

Street Hawker selling Nepali Ice Cream outside the Pashupatinath Temple. It is a pity that I did not purchase an ice cream from him and neither did I stepped into the Pashupatinath Temple as the entrance fee was rather steep.

 

Looking into a room where an artisan is seen painting a Mandala that will later be sold as a souvenir.

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