In images from across Asia last week, huge hot air balloons rose in Myanmar, tiny web-like lights lit up part of downtown Tokyo and decorated baskets were put out to float in rivers around Thailand.
Clouds shrouded the top of the Japan's tallest tower, the Skytree, while North Koreans strolled across a bridge in the capital, Pyongyang.
A huge fire destroyed an informal settlers' community east of Manila. Fortunately, there were no casualties reported, but thousands of people were left homeless.
Air pollution reached hazardous levels in Beijing, where people wore face masks to keep out the foul air, while in Bangladesh, relatives of a man killed in an attack on a mosque cried out during his funeral.
An explosion went off in a public restroom at Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the war dead. No one was injured.
Thais celebrated Loy Kratong last week by releasing kratongs, or small boats made of banana tree and decorated with leaves and flowers, into nearby rivers or ponds, believing that bad things will be gone with the floating kratongs.
South Korea held a funeral for former President Kim Young-sam, who formally ended decades of military rule and accepted a massive international bailout during the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok.