VOTE FOR YOUR TOP
ANIME LANDMARKS IN JAPAN
Japan will be naming 88 places as "anime landmarks" - where popular manga characters are depicted - to boost tourism at these sites.
Known as "seichi" or sacred spots to anime fans, they include rural shrines, train stations and school campuses, as well as
many ordinary places.
A shoo-in for the list,
say organisers, is Washinomiya Jinja, a shrine
in Saitama prefecture that is prominently featured in the Kagami Yoshimizu comics, reported Associated Press.
Another is the "Gundam" giant robot statue in Odaiba.
The list will be based on public votes submitted online at: www.animetourism88.com/en/
BIRD-SHAPED AIRPORT TAKES FLIGHT IN TURKMENISTAN
An airport in the shape of
a giant bird, worth over
US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion), was unveiled in
Turkmenistan last week.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov hailed
his country's "solid transit potential" during the
opening of the airport
in capital Ashgabat.
He said the two
passenger terminals can
serve 17 million passengers
Turkmenistan welcomed 105,000 tourists in 2015
amid a restrictive visa regime.
SOUTH KOREAN CULTURAL TREASURES HIT BY QUAKE
Numerous historical sites in Gyeongju suffered damage, from minor to severe cracks, during an earthquake that hit the city last week, the largest to be recorded on the
South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration said earlier this week that some
60 cultural assets had
Gyeongju, once the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57BC
to 935AD), located north of Busan, houses the country's main trove of Silla artifacts, including 31 "national treasures".
Some 2.3 billion won (S$2.8 million) will be allocated to emergency restoration while teams of experts will lead the repair efforts, the Cultural Heritage Administration said.
THE KOREA HERALD