DAILY PHOTO: Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront by Night & Day

Taken on September 30, 2017 in Ahmedabad from the Swami Vivekananda Bridge toward the Riverfront Flower Park

 

Taken from Swami Vivekananda Bridge toward the Riverfront Flower Park

 

Taken at Sabarmati Ashram (M. K. Gandhi’s Ashram)

 

Taken from Nehru Bridge as sundown approached

DAILY PHOTO: Hanoi Opera House by Night and Day

Taken on December 30, 2015 in Hanoi

Taken on December 30, 2015 in Hanoi

The scaffolding was a stage erected for New Year’s Eve festivities. I assume the flowers and lights were part of that function as well, but my experience is limited; I only saw the Opera House before and after New Year’s Eve. (We were on a junk boat over the holiday itself.)

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DAILY PHOTO: Tháp Rùa by Night

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi

 

Tháp Rùa is the Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoàn Kiếm Lake, which is the “Lake of the Returned Sword” or–more simply–“Sword Lake.” The lake is in the heart of modern-day Hanoi, and is sacred in Vietnamese folklore.

 

As the story goes, a Turtle god surfaced on this lake to ask a King named Lê Lợi to give up his sword. The sword was called “Heaven’s Will” (i.e. Thuận Thiên) and was said to have been given to the King by a local deity called the Dragon King (i.e. Long Vương.) Apparently, the Vietnamese King took a “the gods giveth, and the gods taketh away stance,” turning the sword over to the Turtle deity.

What it looks like in daylight

What it looks like in daylight