The Sarkies Brothers and Their Hotel Empire

By Enzo Sim

August 2021 LEST WE FORGET
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The original entrance to the E&O during the 1910s, before the extensive renovations initiated by Arshak Sarkies.
THE “GRAND TOUR of Asia” at the turn of the 20th century until World War II brought American and European travellers to the Far East, where the exotic landscapes and sceneries were waxed lyrical about in books like Bradshaw’s Through Routes to the Capitals of the World, and Overland Guide to India, Persia, and the Far East (1903).The invention of steamships and the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 made travelling for leisure possible, albeit this was limited to...

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Enzo Sim

is a Mass Communications graduate who has an unwavering passion towards international relations, history and regional affairs of Southeast Asia. His passion has brought him to different Southeast Asian capitals to explore the diverse cultural intricacies within the region.