Sunday, June 01, 2008

Total protection for old Chinese houses

Between 1965-68 Egypt's Abu Simbel temples were moved to a higher location for the construction of the Aswan dam. The dam created Lake Nasser and would have left the temples only for scuba diving activities. Jakarta has not much to offer when it comes to real old monuments, however, some old Chinese houses are now being protected by using a 21th century approach of constructing a shopping mall onto them.

Photo of Candra Naya, supposedly from the 17th century, Glodok, Jakarta, May 2008.

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