Tags » Landmarks & History
The second in the Tales of Asia series journeys to Jakarta, the capital of the modern nation of Indonesia. For almost 300 years, however, Jakarta was Batavia, one of the oldest port cities in the region, founded by the Dutch in 1619. 129 more words
Dear armchair time-travellers, here’s a clip featuring highlights from my talk at the Woodlands Regional Library, Singapore on 18 October 2015.
A link to entire talk is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYa3SA8_7HY… 14 more words
The first talk of the Tales of Asia series journeys to Malacca and Manila, two of the oldest port cities in Southeast Asia, established by the Portuguese and Spanish respectively in the 1500s. 100 more words
This past weekend, Singapore celebrated its 50th year of Independence on 9th August. It was a time of reflection as well as of dreaming…in the sense of imagining and aspiring towards… 474 more words
So inevitably, I have arrived at the epilogue to Part II of my Grand Tour, on the Treaty Ports and Imperial Cities of China, Korea and Japan… 981 more words
The other historic grand hotel in Tokyo – and the one I actually stayed at – is the Tokyo Station Hotel. The Tokyo Station opened its doors in 1914 – it was built by the same architect that designed the Bank of Japan building nearby, and it is a significant piece of late Meiji-era red brick architecture. 355 more words