Southeast Asia
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple in Central Java. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and boasts 504 statues of Budda.
Tacloban, Philippines was one of the hardest hit cities in Typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013. The most powerful winds were measured at 196 mph, making Haiyan the most powerful Typhoon on record. Over 6500 people were killed in the Philippines alone.
<div>Burma, also known as Myanmar, was colonized by the British Empire.</div>
Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced Ah Sah Soo Chi) is Burma&apos;s version of Martin Luther King, Jr. She fights for freedom and was a prisoner of the government for 15 years because she opposed them.
<div>The Banda Sea is home to the Spice Islands. An island here, called Run, was at one time the only place in the world where nutmeg naturally grew. Hundreds of sailors from Europe lost their lives in search of this island and the nutmeg it contained.</div>
<div>Did you know more Muslims call Indonesia home than any other country in the world?</div>
Thailand is the ONLY country on the Indochina Peninsula (Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) that was not overthrown by a Communist revolution. It also was never colonized by a European country or empire.
Laos was colonized by the French. In this image you see classic French colonial architecture in Laos.
Cambodia was colonized by the French and was bombed by the US in the Vietnam War. It is home to the largest religious complex in the world, called Angkor Wat (seen above). There also was a terrible genocide and Communist takeover committed by a man, Pol Pot, and his group, the Khmer Rouge.
<div>Vietnam is the narrow and long country on the western edge of the South China Sea. This is where the Vietnam War was fought in the 1960s and 70s. Vietnam also was colonized by the French, along with Laos and Cambodia. Today there remains French architecture in Hanoi, the capital, seen above.</div>
<div>Farming is the number one job and source of income and money for people in Southeast Asia. In the image above you see rice paddies in Vietnam.</div>
The two largest islands in the Philippines are Luzon and Mindanao. Can you find them on this map?
This western half of Malaysia is sandwiched between two countries. Can you name them? In the image above you see Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. The twin towers you see are called the Petronas Towers and were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004. They remain the tallest twin towers in the world today.
The Philippines were colonized by Spain. This explains why the Filipino money has the Spanish language written on it. The Philippines are also very Catholic, another leftover from the days of Spanish rule. The US went to war with Spain over the Philippines and Cuba in 1898 in a war called the Spanish-American War. American won and the Philippines became a territory of the United States.
Sumatra, Java, and Borneo are Indonesia&apos;s three major islands. Check out this antique map.
China had a significant impact on the culture and development of its Southeast Asian neighbors. China was a well-established civilization when compared to Southeast Asia around the time of Jesus and the Roman Empire.
<div>This spectacular white building is called Wat Rong Khun, or White Temple. It is a Buddhist temple in northern Thailand, and is an awesome blend of traditional Thai architecture and beautiful, surreal elements. It is as much a work of art as it is a building of learning and meditation.</div>
<div>The Sun Bear rules. It lives in the dense rainforests and jungles of Southeast Asia.</div>

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