Bangkok and Phnom Penh is the third Tales of Asia talk by Kennie Ting, which brings armchair time-travellers on a grand tour of 10 historic port cities in Southeast Asia. This edition will journey through old Bangkok and Phnom Penh, recounting, through archival maps, photographs and prints, how Imperial Siam narrowly escaped colonialism, and the ways in which the kingdom of Cambodia captured European hearts and imagination.
Kennie Ting is a Singaporean writer and sociologist fascinated by the urban histories and architectural heritage of colonial cities in Asia, and by the phenomenon of travel. He is the author of The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in Southeast Asia, a new coffee-table book featuring the history, heritage and grand hotels of twelve port cities in the region. He also works full-time at the National Heritage Board as Director for Policy and Development.
This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.
Venue: Shaw Foyer, Asian Civilisations Museum
When: 30 Oct 2015, 7pm - 8pm