May 11 • 7M

Couchfish Day 304: That UNESCO thing

Protecting what, and for whom?

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Stuart McDonald
The Couchfish podcast. Following a day by day itinerary through Southeast Asia—for all those people stranded on their couch.
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In 2008, Penang’s George Town, and Melaka to the south, gained World Heritage Status. It was a shared award, the introduction of which is worth quoting at length.

Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences…

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