Who doesn’t recognise the panoramic picturesque view of Manhattan Skyline above? In the mid of the 20th century, New York City and some other North American cities were probably the only sites when one could set eyes on breathtaking view of skylines packed with highrise buidings. But as time dragged into the 21st century this phenomenon changed. North American cities were not the only homes of breathtaking skylines and the highest-rise buildings. Highest-rise buildings had even shifted eastwards to both the Far and the Near. With the economic boom in the Far East and the limited space of urban lands that made the price of lands soaring high, the most economic way to shelter people and their businesses was to build it up and up! These circumstances had raised ‘the highrise race’ in the Pacific Rim where people constructed skyscrapers like crazy!
Southeast Asian cities are of course no exception. In the capital cities of the ASEAN, this ‘race’ became more evident. Despite the facts that the slum areas still coexist side-by-side with the business districts where highrises are looming to the skies, breathtaking panoramic Manhattan-like skylines are now readily simulated by the Southeast Asian cities! To prove how close the Southeast Asian cities in paralleling Manhattan skyline these below are the pics of some capital cities of ASEAN. The pics are grabbed from various sources Netwide.
These below are some fascinating second-rate skylines from non-capital cities of ASEAN:
Well? What do you think? Do you think that these ASEAN cities are close enough to the well-known Manhattan Skyline in the density of the highrise buildings? It is up to you to judge, but these ASEAN cities are still growing and they still build things up and up to the skies! Let’s see what they will look like in, say, 10 years?? Okay, now, which of those skylines above is the best do you think? As an Indonesian, of course I would vote in favour of Jakarta, but as a neutral observer of course I would vote for…… Jakarta!! Hahahaha….. It seems that the adjective ‘neutral’ is not really working, isn’t it?? 😆