Heritage @ George Town

Penang Heritage Tip :: Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Penang Heritage Tip :: Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Address: 10 Farquhar Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia. Eastern & Oriental Hotel or E&O Hotel is oldest hotel in Penang, established in 1885 by Armenian Hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers. (Also the founder of Raffles Hotel in Singapore). Situated in the magnificent seafront, the main building facade is preserved with its 1920s echo dome and old Otis […]

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Japan

UNESCO villages in battle with modernity

UNESCO villages in battle with modernity

Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture and Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture, the historic villages dotted with “gassho-zukuri” thatched-roof houses where people still follow traditional lifestyles, are marking their 15th anniversary this month since making UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1995. The houses were built using a traditional construction method that binds wooden beams into steep but sturdy […]

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France

The road to Chartres

The road to Chartres

By Mark Lean Its modern-day claim to fame is a mention in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but Chartres Cathedral has, long before the advent of Hollywood, been the scene for many a real-life spectacle. Morning rush hour in Paris is probably not a good time to be at Gare Montparnasse, one of the […]

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Great Barrier Reef

The World's Largest Living Structure

The World’s Largest Living Structure

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most protected marine area and a World Heritage site. It is a system of about 3,000 individual reefs and 900 coral islands, which are divided by narrow passages, just beneath the surface of the Coral Sea. The reef is as diverse as a rainforest, playing host to thousands […]

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Dazu

Where Buddha beckons

Where Buddha beckons

Dazu county lies just 80 km away from bustling Chongqing, but its Buddhist rock carvings and sculptures will take you back more than 800 years. Sun Li reports Chongqing is often associated with high-end shopping and dizzying high-rise offices, but just 80 km southwest of this Southwestern municipality lies a quiet, meditative retreat ?Dazu county. […]

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News @ Melaka

Devotees flock St.Paul’s Hill to attend celebration

Devotees flock St.Paul’s Hill to attend celebration

By PERCY D’CRUZ Malacca: Thousands of Catholics from all over Malaysia and Singapore including many non-Christian devotees converged at St. Paul’s Hill right in the heart of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Jalan Kota to commemorate the feast of St. Francis Xavier. Traditionally, it is the 1849-built Jalan Banda Kaba parish church of St. Francis […]

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St Petersburg

Controversial Plan For St. Petersburg Skyscraper Cancelled

Controversial Plan For St. Petersburg Skyscraper Cancelled

By RFE/RL Russian authorities have canceled a controversial plan to build a towering glass and steel skyscraper in St. Petersburg that opponents have long said would have ruined the city’s magnificent baroque skyline. St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, “A final decision on the move has been taken.” The 403-meter tower, […]

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Travelogue @ Luang Prabang

Wah, Laos

Wah, Laos

Luang Prabang’s laid-back aura is perfect for chilling out – just ask Mick Jagger by Mayo Martin SO THERE I was at a nightclub called Muang Swa. A live band was well into an all-Thai pop rock set. And the locals were, well, I had no idea what they were doing. It seemed to be […]

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News @ Melaka

Malaysia’s oldest church is three centuries old

Malaysia’s oldest church is three centuries old

MALACCA: Reference books and historical journals made no mention of the 17th century St. Peter’s Church sited adjacently at Jalan Bunga Raya, Bendahara and Pengkalan Rama here. However, the numerals ‘1710’ which was boldly etched on the left side of the church facade just above the belfry window is widely accepted as the year the […]

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News @ Melaka

Ng: Malacca heritage and tourism sites will not be harmed by development

Ng: Malacca heritage and tourism sites will not be harmed by development

MALACCA: Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has assured that Malacca will not be developed to the extent of harming its heritage and tourism sites. She said the ministry maintained its stand on preserving, conserving and protecting its tourism sites while striking a balance between development and heritage conservation. “We know that by […]

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