The Land of Women

For well over a century, women of the South Korean island province of Jeju – “the Land of Women” – have made their living by freediving – ill-equipped – to the depths of the ocean to harvest seaweed and shellfish. Reaching depths of over 10 metres in chilly waters, and lasting between two to three minutes on a single gulp of air, over 100 times a day, the Hae-Nyeo, or “sea women”, are often seen as myth-like mermaids.

The Creation of a Capital

Colombo is a city of history. Even in the all-engulfing, bustling trading centre that is Pettah, unique architectural features such as colonnaded verandas can be found, though they are fast disappearing. While the number of historical sites dwindles, the rich culture of Colombo is resilient.

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With the advent of mobile phones, public payphones have fallen by the wayside. We take a look back at how they have evolved with...

The Complexities of Kabul

Kabul, standing fast in the gale of change, exemplifies strength but despite the horrors of unrest has maintained an impossible innocence and breathtaking beauty. The multitudes that call Kabul home relish in the diversity of opinion, culture and natural landscape.

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....

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...

The Village and the Dam

In recent years, China’s enthusiasm for dam building has spilled over into Southeast Asia. Hydrolancang – a Chinese state-owned enterprise already responsible for no less than seven out of 28 dams in the upper Mekong region – began to construct its very first overseas hydroelectric project in 2013, the Lower Sesan 2 (LSS2) Dam in Stung Treng province of northern Cambodia. The $800 million project, located about 100 kilometres south from the border with Laos, is among the most controversial and destructive in recent years.

A Knot in Time

Whether they are tied into place as the weaver's imagination wanders, or aligned in code-like calculations, the minuscule knots of a carpet narrate tales of an ancient craft and those who keep it alive.

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