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South East Asia

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J'Aaron Thorne

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South East Asia Culture The annual Singapore Arts Festival brings international dancers, musicians, and artists to Singapore.
Singapore Religion Singapore has no official religion. The country's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. The main religions practiced are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Taoism, and Hinduism. Government Singapore is a republic. A unicameral (one-house) Parliament makes the country's laws. A prime minister leads a Cabinet, which carries out the operations of the government. Food Many of these dishes were adapted by early Chinese immigrants to suit local circumstances (such as available ingredients) and cannot strictly be considered mainstream Chinese cuisine.

Education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education (MOE), which controls the development and administration of state schools receiving government funding, but also has an advisory and supervisory role in respect of private schools. Fashion The Singapore Fashion Week and the Singapore Fashion Festival are the most popular shows in Singapore. It is a perfect platform for local and international designers. Entertainment As the young middle class begins to spend more on entertainment, Singapore's nightlife has also grown with its increase in interesting night spots. There are a large number of bars and discos, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated in Singapore today. Money The dollar (sign: $; code: SGD) is the currency of Singapore. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. Thailand culture Thai visual art was traditionally primarily Buddhist. Thai Buddha images from different periods have a number of distinctive styles. Contemporary Thai art often combines traditional Thai elements with modern techniques.

Religion Thailand is primarily influenced by Buddhist morals, value, and customs. (Thailand is nearly 95% Theravada Buddhist. Government The Royal Thai Government or the Government of Thailand is a unitary government of the Kingdom of Thailand. Food
Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly-prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai cuisine is known for being spicy. Balance, detail and variety are important to Thai cooking. Kaeng phet ped yang Schools Education in Thailand is provided mainly by the Thai government through the Ministry of Education from pre-school to senior high school. A free basic education of twelve years is guaranteed by the constitution, and a minimum of nine years' school attendance is mandatory.
Nakhonchaisri Motor Sport Complex (Thailand Circuit). Ltd. was established in 1989 aiming for Motorsports Entertainment for every family in Thailand.

Ministry of Education Symbol Fashion Entertainment Currency The baht is the currency of Thailand. It is subdivided into 100 satang . The issuance of currency is the responsibility of the Bank of Thailand. Vietnam Culture Vietnamese music varies slightly in the three regions: Bắc or North, Trung or Central, and Nam or South. Northern classical music is Vietnam's oldest and is traditionally more formal. Religion Religion in Vietnam has historically been largely defined by the East Asian mix of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. They are the so-called Tam Giáo, or "triple religion." Government The politics of Vietnam takes place in a framework of a single-party socialist republic. The central role of the Communist Party of Vietnam is reaffirmed in the current constitution, adopted in April 1992. Food Vietnamese cuisine is a style of cooking derived from the nation of Vietnam with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables all commonly used. Hu tieu kho Schools Education in Vietnam is divided into 5 levels: pre-primary, primary, intermediate, secondary, and higher education. Formal education consists of twelve years of basic education. Basic education includes five years of primary education, three years of intermediate education, and fours years of secondary education. The majority of basic education students are enrolled on a half-day basis.

Fashion Dang Thi Minh Hanh is a fashion designer from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Director of the Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (FADIN) in Ho Chi Minh City, she is a leading figure in Vietnam's new fashion industry. Entertainment Water puppetry is a distinct Vietnamese art which had its origins in the 12th century. In water puppetry, a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water. Currency The đồng is Vietnamese currency since 1978 It is issued by the State Bank of Vietnam. Cambodiea Culture In Cambodia's culture a person's head is believed to contain the persons soul--therefore making it taboo to touch or point your feet at it. It is also considered to be extremely disrespectful to point or sleep with your feet pointing at a person, as the feet are the lowest part of the body and are considered to be impure. Religion Cambodia is predominantly Buddhist with 90% of the population being Theravada Buddhist, 1% Christian and the majority of the remaining population follow Islam, atheism, or animism. Government The politics of Cambodia formally takes place according to the nation's constitution (enacted in 1993) in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister of Cambodia is the head of government Food The food of Cambodia includes tropical fruits, rice, noodles, drinks, dessert and various soups.The staple food for Cambodians is rice.
Schools Traditional education in Cambodia was handled by the local wat, and the bonzes were the teachers. The students were almost entirely young boys, and the education was limited to memorizing Buddhist chants in Pali Fashion The sampot is the national garment of Cambodia. The traditional dress is similar to those worn in the neighboring countries of Laos and Thailand, but variations do exist between the countries. The sampot dates back to the Funan era when a Cambodian king allegedly ordered the people of his kingdom to wear the sampot at the request of Chinese envoys.

Entertainment Bonn Om Teuk (Festival of Boat Racing), the annual boat rowing contest, is the most attended Cambodian national festival. Held at the end of the rainy season when the Mekong river begins to sink back to its normal levels allowing the Tonle Sap River to reverse flow, approximately 10% of Cambodia's population attends this event each year to play games, give thanks to the moon, watch fireworks, and attend the boat race Currency The tical (or baht) was a silver coin weighing 15 grams, hence giving it a rough similarity in value to the Indian rupee. Phillippines Culture Traditional festivities known as barrio fiestas (district festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron saints are common. The Moriones Festival and Sinulog Festival are a couple of the most well-known. Religion The Philippines is one of two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia, the other being East Timor. It is composed of several diocese and archdiocese. More than 90% of the population are Christians Government The Philippines has a presidential, unitary form of government (with some modification, there is one autonomous region largely free from the national government), where the President functions as both head of state and head of government and is commander-in-chief of the armed forces Fashion Island is a shopping mall located on Ramintra Road, in Khan Na Yao district outskirt of Bangkok Food Popular dishes include lechón (whole roasted pig), and longganisa (Philippine sausage), Schools Filipino children may enter public school at about age four, starting from Nursery up to Kindergarten. At about seven years of age, children enter elementary school (6 to 7 years). This may be followed by secondary school (4 years). Students may then sit for College Entrance Examinations (CEE), after which they may enter tertiary institutions (3 to 5 years). Fashion

Men: A traditional garment for men is the barong tagalog.
Women: wear the heavily starched, butterfly-sleeved terno . Entertainment Various sports and pastimes are popular in the Philippines including basketball, boxing, volleyball, football, badminton, taekwondo, billiards, ten-pin bowling, chess, and sipa. Motocross, cycling, and mountaineering are also becoming popular. Currency The peso is the currency of the Philippines.
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