Asia

Exploring the Past in Asia

Asia is vast. Explorers and traders were not deterred as they established historic routes along which goods and ideas were exchanged for centuries. From the Great Wall created by the Ming Dynasty in the east, to the religious sanctuary of the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat in the south east, to the city of Petra cut into the rock by the Nabataeans in the west. Asia has some of the most spellbinding sacred spaces and ancient wonders in the world. And there are many other places to explore that we don’t regularly hear about.

Emirate of Abu Dhabi

The late 19th century Al-Jahili Fort in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

One of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and home to the groundbreaking Louvre Abu Dhabi, here you will find a number of recently developed archaeological and historical sites, some of which are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Together these tell the story of one of humanity’s greatest transitions – that from hunting and gathering to a farming way of life.

South Korea

Dol hareubang statues at Jeju stone park in South Korea.

From megalithic 1st millennium BC tombs to 14th century AD palaces and shrines in Seoul. From these dynastic royal residences to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. South Korea, and its 24-hour hi-tech capital city Seoul, is an intriguing blend of the ancient with the futuristic. Soon after the partition of the Korean peninsular in to North and South, South Korea developed from being one of the poorest countries in Asia to one of the world’s fastest developing and richest nations. With everything from ancient cultures to K-pop, mountain trails to self-service karaoke, Seoul has much to offer.

Sri Lanka

A rock carving of a Buddha meditating, Sri Lanka.

The ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’ is an island of striking natural beauty with a documented history of over 3,000 years; from the time of the ancient Silk Road to World War II. Sri Lanka is specially known for its Buddhist heritage, and it was on the island that the first known writings of Buddha were composed. But the archaeology of human occupation on the island goes back many, many thousands of years to early Homo sapiens.

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