RE-PRESENTING SOUTHEAST ASIA – Asian Civilisations Museum’s Year of Southeast Asia 2018/19

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It so happens I wrote another manifesto for the museum earlier this year, this time to explain our “YEAR OF SOUTHEAST ASIA 2018/19” – the why and how of our focus on Southeast Asia, and the approach we took in … Continue reading

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Beauty… Wonder… Relevance… Welcome to Asian Civilisations Museum

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Last Thursday, we launched three new permanent galleries at the museum, (almost) completing our transformation from one kind of museum into another… I took the opportunity of the launch to also reveal, my own personal vision for the museum as … Continue reading

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On October 18th, my new book, SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY launches.  This is my third book, and it comes some three years after the first two. I’m immensely pleased that it’s finally done, given that it is pretty … Continue reading

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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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In Jaipur, I stayed at the Rambagh Palace – that exquisite fairytale palace of a Grand Hotel, nestled in its own extensive grounds to the south of Albert Hall Museum. Built in 1835, the palace was once the home of … Continue reading

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Downtown Jaipur

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Jaipur was established in 1727 by the Maharaja Jai Singh II, who shifted his capital here from the Amber Fort. From the beginning, the Maharaja wanted a city that married ancient traditions with modern needs – and so, surprisingly for … Continue reading

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The City Palace and Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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In 1727, the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Amber moved his capital city and residence from the Amber Fort to a new city he would call Jaipur (Jai’s City). In that city, he built a palace that would come … Continue reading

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Amber Fort, Jaipur

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The Amber Fort, also known as the Amer Fort, is the ancestral seat of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The fort is not named for its colour, but for the town it sits in, called Amer. Perched impossibly on a hill-top, … Continue reading

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