A Stroll through Fort Cochin

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The first visual tour of Cochin takes us through the heart of Fort Cochin. This was the site of the original Portuguese fortified settlement here, which was subsequently expanded by the Dutch, and then taken over by the British. This … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-7: Cochin (Kochi)…Verdant Gem

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Leaving Colombo, we head north, rounding the tip of the Indian Subcontinent to attain what was once known as the Malabar Coast – the south-western coast of the peninsula, facing the Indian Ocean. For millennia, the Malabar Coast has seen … Continue reading

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A Visual Tour of the (new) Asian Civilisations Museum’s Galleries

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Our new ACM Treasures – Collection Highlights publication just hit the shelves! It serves as our interim “Best of Asian Civilisations Museum” catalogue, until our permanent galleries are completely finished and re-opened in end 2019.  In my Introduction to the … Continue reading

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Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

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Finally… after some thirty cities on my Grand Tour, I’m here, at last, at the grandest of the grande dames East of Suez, the Galle Face Hotel Colombo. Built in 1864 by four English gentlemen, Galle Face Hotel is believed … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo

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South of Fort and Pettah sits the suburb of Cinnamon Gardens. Its name is a reference to what used to stand here in the Dutch period – acres and acres of cinnamon orchards. Its name is also a reference to … Continue reading

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Pettah – Dutch and Multi-cultural Colombo

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The name “Pettah” is derived from the Sinhalese “pita-kotuwa”, which means “outside the fort”.  This exactly describes what Pettah was and is today. In the Dutch era, this area was known as the “oudestad”, or Old Town.  Where the Fort … Continue reading

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A Wander through Colombo Fort

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Fort, or Colombo Fort, is one of the oldest built-up areas in downtown Colombo, having been established by the Portuguese in the early 1500s as a fortified port settlement. Once there were actually walls that surrounded the city.  Part of … Continue reading

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