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momonthemove:

We left Nha Trang today and flew up to Da Nang. A quick drive later and we are in the incredible old-town Vietnam city of Hoi An. It is spectacular and full of charm. #hoian #vietnam #oldworldcharm #lanterns #withmybestfriend (at Hội An)

momonthemove:

We left Nha Trang today and flew up to Da Nang. A quick drive later and we are in the incredible old-town Vietnam city of Hoi An. It is spectacular and full of charm. #hoian #vietnam #oldworldcharm #lanterns #withmybestfriend (at Hội An)

keepheadingwest:

A tiny temple in Old Town.
Chiang Mai, Thailand.

keepheadingwest:

A tiny temple in Old Town.

Chiang Mai, Thailand.

polandballcomics:

Shukaku Islands
Source: Source and comments

polandballcomics:

Shukaku Islands

Source: Source and comments

virtual-artifacts:

Vase with Dragons

Period:Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Date:18th century

Culture:China

Medium:Rock crystal

Dimensions:H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)

Classification:Hardstone

mapsontheweb:

Africa, 1771

mapsontheweb:

Africa, 1771

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Value: 20 Kip_

Date: No Date_

Material: Paper_

Next upload: Haiti_

knowledgeistreasure:

The Sword of Goujian.

" Regarded as a state treasure, the Sword of Goujian was unearthed in September 1965 in Jiangling County, Hubei Province. The sword is as legendary to the Chinese people as King Arthur’s sword in the West. Having been buried for more than 2,000 years, upon discovery, the sword was very sharp and not rusty. What’s more, it contains some rhombic etchings and 11 concentric circles located only 0.2 millimeters apart at the tip of the handle. It seems almost impossible that such a marvel of supreme craftsmanship could have been constructed so long ago…." http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_curiosity/2004-06/23/content_47488.htm

Great Mosque of Hohhot (Inner Mongolia, China) (Image Credit: Chaloos)

Great Mosque of Hohhot (Inner Mongolia, China) (Image Credit: Chaloos)

The Bank of Joseon or Bank of Chosen was the central bank of Colonial Korea, and of South Korea. The bank issued the Korean yen from 1910 to 1945 and the won from 1945 to 1950.

The bank was established by the Governor-General of Korea in 1910 as the Kankoku Ginkō, taking the place of the privately held Korean branch of Daiichi Kokuritsu Ginkō (First National Bank), which had established a branch in 1878. After the annexation of Korean Empire by Japan in 1910, the bank was reorganized and its name was changed to reflect the official name for Korea. The bank remained a privately held corporation with stock owned by a number of Japanese banks and companies; however, its board was appointed by the Governor-General of Korea. The bank was responsible for issuing currency in Korea, regulated domestic prices, and serviced international trade with branches in Manchukuo, and major ports in China and in Japan, as well as in London and New York.

The bank was dissolved in 1950, and replaced by the newly formedBank of Korea.