Empu forging the keris dagger

Daggers Forged in Fire

Text and images by Diego A. Garcia Of the countless weapons bought and sold every day around the world, relatively few can be considered a...

5 Fascinating Facts About Carrier Pigeons

Long before wireless networks, carrier pigeons were widely used to send messages. We uncovered five fascinating fast facts about carrier pigeons through the years....
Harana , Traditions of Philippines , Serenade

The serenading suitors of the Philippines

Under a courtship ritual called harana, it was compulsory for Filipino men to sing to their sweethearts

The Ancestor of All Fights

Indian kushti is considered the predecessor of all wrestling. It is undergoing a revival despite the tug-of-war between tradition and modernity.

Asia’s Broken Soles

Jia Sidao, the ambitious chancellor of the Song dynasty, creeps over to the daughter of the late emperor. He lulls the trusting little girl...

Unveiling Salekhard

Salekhard, far from an empty grass steppe, is a flourishing city where tradition and modernity meet. Proudly the only city located within the polar circle, Salekhard beckons to where frigid winds calm in warm hospitality.
Indonesia , Races, Makepung

Indonesia’s Harvest Races

While top athletes duke it out in stadiums at this year's Asian Games, Indonesia’s agrarian backwaters have their own versions of sporting entertainment, starring the very bovines that plough the fields

Reflections: Voyages of Discovery

From Marco Polo, Vasco Da Gama to Zheng He, explorers have traversed the globe in search of discovery and adventure. Asian Geographic traces their journeys...

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