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Penang has one of the most well-preserved collection of historical and cultural buildings in Malaysia– and these architectural gems hold stories of the island’s colorful and eventful past. The heritage sites of Penang are mainly centered around Georgetown, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The area is made up of a collection of old colonial British buildings, clan temples of the various Chinese clan associations, lavish mansions left by the rich settlers of the city, fort ruins, and religious structures like mosques, churches and temples.

Mynn's Top 10 Buildings to Visit in Penang's Historical Georgetown - www.shewalkstheworld.comOn my visit to Penang, I spent a day exploring Georgetown and getting to know some of the buildings in this historical area. In every corner, I found hidden gems– from lovingly restored pre-war shophouses to rows of dilapidated ones with their colorful paint peeling off the walls. Each and every building carries its own tale, and visiting some of them…

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Peter Gets His Ass Grabbed On Top Of Mingun Pagoda

Peter's Big Adventure

Since Burma’s history isn’t exactly common knowledge, let’s start by filling in some of your knowledge gaps.

What even is Mingun Pagoda?

Fair question. It’s not quite on the level of the Great Wall or the Pyramids, so most people have probably never heard of it. Construction started on the pagoda in 1790. The king that was building it was known to be a pretty odd guy, which might be a clue as to why this pagoda just looks so weird. The pagoda was built by slaves that were taken in battle by the Burmese. The standard for human rights back then was not what it is today (not that Burma has been much of a role model in that department recently), but even by their standards apparently, the labor conditions for this project were something of a humanitarian disaster. Indeed, the project was so brutal that a fake prophecy…

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Peter Makes New Friends In Bagan: Sign Language & Soccer Games

Peter's Big Adventure

Bagan is an amazing place, but seeing as Burma only opened to foreigners 4 years ago, it is not well known yet. If Angkor Wat is any indicator however, Bagan will become much more famous with time. Often drawing comparisons to Angkor, Bagan is famous for 1 thing: thousands of 9th century Buddhist temples and pagodas.

Yeah, it’s a pretty picturesque place, but for me, these 9th century Buddhist ruins, cool as there were, were only part of the story. The people of Bagan were also awesome to interact with, which is sort of a rarity for a traveler. If we’re being honest here, most local people who talk to you when you’re traveling are trying to sell you something. It’s pretty rare to travel in the developing world and have somebody talk to you with no ulterior motive. You have to get pretty far off the beaten…

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Preah Vihear: World Heritage Site declared safe for tourists at last

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Preah Vihear

Most travellers to Southeast Asia will never have heard the name Preah Vihear, so it may come as some surprise to hear that, along with Angkor Wat, the obscure northern temple is one of Cambodia’s two World Heritage Sites. Of course, for anyone who read our recent post, World Heritage Indochina, it will come as no surprise at all.

Preah Vihear map

Playing second fiddle to somewhere as grand and iconic as the temples of Angkor is never going to be easy, but there is another reason that Preah Vihear might have slipped under your radar until now – at least if you’re a Brit.

Up until the beginning of this month, Britain’s FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) officially advised against travel to the Preah Vihear temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area – both of which lie on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Though a border dispute which…

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