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Pawn Shop Museum @ Macau

“Pawning” is an integral part of Macau’s cultural history which dates back to the Qing Dynasty period.  Macau was blessed as it was never involved in wars and it was the place where the mainland Chinese sought refuge during the Sino-Japanese War (1938 – 1945). It was about the same time that pawn shops started to flourish as refugees traded in their valuables in exchange for cash, and the Macanese frequented pawn shops during this period of economic decline.  The “Tak Seng On” Pawn Shop Continue reading

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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds @ Nuremburg, Germany

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.

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Made in Penang Interactive 3D Museum @ Malaysia

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The Made in Penang Interactive 3D Museum is more than the sheer fun of posing with trick art or 3D murals.  With all the artworks done by Penang artists (and hence the name), the museum has combined fun, culture and history of Penang into intriguing displays that allows you to have a quick and easy understanding of Penang.  Essentially, it’s Penang in a nutshell, where you explore 5 different sections of the museum including   1.  Great Wall of Penang, 2.  Miniature Local Trades, 3.  Miniature Weld Quay, 4.  Trick Art Gallery and 5.  Interactive Theater.  (P.S. Recommend your “must-go” places or “must-eat” foods on Millennium Hotels and Resorts Asia’s “Travel Inspired: The Local’s City Map –> http://bit.ly/TheLocalsCity” to get a 35% discount on hotel bookings and win attractive prizes! ) Continue reading

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The Little Prince Museum @ Hakone, Japan

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The Little Prince is written by the French author Antoine de Saint Exupery, a beautifully illustrated tale in vivid colors.  The Little Prince Museum in Hakone brings you a glimpse into the author’s life and everything about the Little Prince comes to life at the museum.    I read the book when I was younger and I thought the Little Prince was one adventurous prince, visiting different planets, trying to make sense of “extraordinary” adults through hidden philosophical messages of life.   Continue reading

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A Word A Week Challenge: Orange

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While I just finished writing about the Venetian Glass Museum @ Hakone, Japan, some of the photos match perfectly with this week’s a word a week challenge – Orange.  The photos here are exhibits from the museum and quite a few of them are orange. For the rest of the exhibits, they glow with an orange hue as the museum uses orange lighting  My favorite exhibit is the illuminating glass egg.

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Venetian Glass Museum @ Hakone Japan

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The Venetian Glass Museum at Hakone is set in a romantic, charming garden with mountains, canals and European cottages, you might be mistaken for a while that you have stepped into a little Venice instead of Japan.

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As you enter the garden, the most lovely thing that you would see would be the crystal arch, with curtains of crystal beads flowing down the little bridge.  It wasn’t too sunny on the day that we were there but imagine how beautiful it would have been under the glistening sun or during the fading beams of sunset.

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The museum is commonly known as the Venetian Glass Museum, but I like the alternative Japanese name that it has -箱根ガラスの森美術館, the Hakone Glass Forest, which I think represents the marvelous beaded garden very well.

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Enchanting crystal tress and glass ornaments are planted throughout the garden.

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The Palazzo Ducale Shandelier  is a standing chandelier which stems from the floor instead of from the ceiling.

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We took our time wandering around the garden, strolling along the riverbank, discovering many beautiful corners of the garden, and soaking up the Venetian moment before going into the Venetian Glass Museum.
  
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The Venetian glass works exhibited are absolutely gorgeous !! Delicate, intricate and a display of meticulous craftsmanship.

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Oh my God I love this  dazzling piece of egg here!

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Loved this wonderful museum and it’s definitely worth the visit!  Enjoy more photos below 🙂

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Contact Info
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Official Website
Address: 940-48 Sengokuhara,Hakone-machi,Ashigarashimo-gun,Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan
TEL:0460-86-3111 (Int’l:81-460-86-3111)  FAX:0460-86-3114

Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm daily.
Entrance Fee: 1300 Yen for adults, 1100 Yen for college students, 800 yen for high school students and below.

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