This article was published by Urban Walkabout on October 4, 2016.
I love a good museum. I seek them out in every new place. And while a history museum makes me happy, there’s nothing like a museum that’s just a little bit weird.
Here’s a sample of the world’s strangest historical institutions.
The Buddha Darshan Robotic Museum, Nepal
A visit to Nepal ultimately leads to contact with the ancient religions that permeate the land. My friend Sophie and I visited the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara, a favourite on the tourist route. We began with a jaunt across the lake to hike to the Shanti Stupa monument, where we took in the view of the rolling Himalayan foothills and soaked in the peace after which the pagoda is named. We trekked down the opposite side of the hill, bracing ourselves for the long walk back to town.
But our spiritual experiences for that day were far from over, for we were shown a sign. And that sign read: “50 per cent off the Robotic Buddha Museum”.