If a city without old buildings is like a man without memories, then Taiping would be a man full of vibrant memories. Once a mining town that was the capital of Perak from 1875 – 1937, Taiping was also one of the very first cities to be established in Malaysia. Naturally it has many historical buildings, whether built by the British for municipal uses, or built by the different communities in Taiping. Many of these buildings are more than 100 years old and are also Malaysia’s “firsts” to be built. Continue reading
The Peranakan Museum in Singapore is housed in an elegant 3-storey, colonial building that was the former Tao Nan Chinese School. From the 10 galleries exhibited in the museum, there is everything you would want to know about the Peranakan culture, from their origins, to religions, to food, to weddings and funeral. Continue reading
Dachau Concentration Camp was the first camp that was set up by the Nazis, originally propagandized to keep the socially inappropriate and criminals when it was actually their very first step to eradicate the Jews. The Dachau Camp served its importance as the rest of the camps that followed modeled after it.
The spectacular Heroes Square is located just right outside the city park of Budapest. The central monument featuring Gabriel the Guardian Angel is also known as the Millennium Monument, which was completed in 1900 to commemorate the 1000th year of Hungarian State founded by Stephen I. Continue reading
The Zeppelin Field is an iconic landmark in Nuremburg at a massive size of 312 m x 285 m that’s bigger than 12 football fields. The smaller podium that’s protruding from the main grand stand was where Hitler stood, conducting Nazi party rallies, speaking to hundreds of thousands of his soldiers. Continue reading
The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremburg, or Documentation Center for short, is housed in the North Wing of the unfinished congress hall built by the National Socialist Party. Nuremburg being the home-base for the party, the unfinished congress hall is the largest architectural remains built by them and no other place would be more suitable to hold a permanent exhibit of “Fascination and Terror”, which showcases the rise and fall of Adolf Hilter, the progression of National Socialist movement and the crimes committed. Special attention were given to events, things, people, architecture related to Nazi-ruled Nuremburg, with the Nuremburg trials being the closing chapter for this tormented piece of history.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a little medieval town that is almost too beautiful to be true. Known for its exhilarating Christmas Markets, it also served as an inspiration for Disney’s Pinocchio and parts of the movie Harry Porter and the Deathly Hallows were filmed there. It’s 1.5 hours away from Nuremburg and easily reached by train. Continue reading
The most prominent feature of Wat Phu Khao Thong, or Temple of Golden Mountain, is the marvelous square-based stupa. The temple is thought to be established by King Ramesuan in 1387, built to commemorate victory over the Burmese army. The temple grounds also consist of an active monastery in the vicinity. Continue reading
Duolun Cultural Street (多伦路名人街) is lined with rows of beautifully manicured trees that has exquisite fusion of architectural styles combining Chinese, South East Asian, European and Islamic influences all in one street. It is quiet and does not have the busy vibe nor the crowd like the rest of Shanghai and it’s the ideal place for those that like to go off the beaten path. Statues of famous writers and activists such as Lu Xun and Mao Dun, are erected on this road not by coincidence as these were the people that resided on this street, or in the vicinity of Hongkou district where Duolun Street is situated. Each statue has a placard that gives a brief explanation about the person. Continue reading
The Buddha’s head cradled in intertwining tree roots is a compelling and evocative image at Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya Historical Park. My father even thought the two are one entity and when I showed him the picture, he asked me “how did the tree roots grow into the shape of a Buddha’s face?” Continue reading