Pandemic Impact On ASEAN’s World Heritage Sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has gazetted 38 heritage sites in Southeast Asia under its list of World Heritage Sites (WHS) for their unique cultural values, historical background and otherworldly landscapes.

4 July 2020

Myanmar's most isolated pray for harvest

A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.The group are part of the Naga, a blanket term for dozens of tribes each with their own distinct dialect living near the Indian border, only accessible by nerve-shredding motorcycle journeys and on foot.Dressed in black and wearing orange bead necklaces and palm leaf headbands, they rotate around a fire in Satpalaw Shaung

20 February 2020

Pencak silat gets UNESCO heritage status

Anwar bin Sholeh had something to cheer when he showed up at a Jakarta training centre to practice pencak silat - the Indonesian martial art was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO's) prestigious heritage list."It's an honour that pencak silat has been recognised internationally," the 38-year-old, who has been practising the art since elementary school."This will motivate us to preserve our tra

16 December 2019

Preserving Yangon’s heritage sites

As Myanmar celebrates its 99th National Day today, the challenge of how best to balance its rich architectural and cultural heritage with the demands of modern development is as important as ever.Nowhere is this more apparent than in the port city of Yangon, the country’s former capital which has the distinction of having the densest concentration of colonial-era buildings of any city in Asia.The biggest city in Myanmar, Yangon’s 19th- and early 20th-century colonial architecture was slowly r

21 November 2019

11 of Our Favourite Sights and Scenes in Quanzhou

When thinking of taking a trip to China, we admit that Quanzhou probably wouldn’t be one of the few places that would come to mind. However, allow us to change your mind because we changed ours after our recent visit there.We detailed our adventures in our previous articles, of course, such as 8 Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Quanzhou and JinJiang, China, as well as 8 Important Religious Sites, Showcase The Importance Of Old Silk Road’s Quanzhou in China.

6 September 2019

ASEAN’s contemporary art scene

ASEAN’s Strategic Plan for Culture 2016-2025 is to facilitate intercultural dialogue among the peoples of ASEAN through the engagement of various stakeholders to raise awareness and appreciation for the culture and arts sector.

14 July 2019

10 Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia For That Unforgettable Cultural Trip

As part of’s own UNESCO World Heritage sites week, we list down some of the most amazing sites in our very own backyard, so to speak. While there are three  categories to choose from, these sites actually had to go through a stringent qualification process – which we have detailed here. Here, we list down countries in Asia that specifically address cultural properties that made it on to the list here.You know what’s the best part, though?

11 June 2019

From Food Fights to Colorful Hot Air Balloons, Here Are 5 Unique Ways Eid Al-Fitr Is Celebrated Around Indonesia

Eid al-Fitr is the festival to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, so understandably Lebaran or Hari Raya Idul Fitri (as the holiday is known in Indonesia) is seen as THE holiday of the year.Some of these traditions combine elements from both Islam and local traditions, creating some the most unique celebrations that you can’t find elsewhere on the planet.1.

3 June 2019

9 Ways To ‘Fall’ In Love With Kyushu, Japan

You may have been to Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido, and may even proclaim yourself to be a true lover of Japanese culture, people or history — a Japanophile, or the Japanese equivalent, ‘shinnichi’ (親日). However, you wouldn’t call yourself a true fan unless you’ve been to Kyushu.Earlier this year, AirAsia launched a new route to Kyushu.

29 May 2019

World Heritage Sites under threat

Under the theme, “ASEAN: Oneness to the world”, 2019 has been designated as the ASEAN Cultural Year to celebrate and promote the region’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. The promotion of cultural heritage and ethnic traditions drive the region’s tourism development, which is an integral part of the economic policies across ASEAN.

28 May 2019