|Sukhothai, the Kyoto of Thailand (I'm lacking an Ayutthaya pic) ?|
I guess it's a very natural thing for humans to look for familiar things when in unfamiliar surroundings.
|Hoi An, Kyoto of Vietnam?|
|Buenos Aires, Paris of the South?|
|Melaka, Venice of the East? (actually, that's pretty close, historically)|
|Tainan - Kyoto of Taiwan?|
As commentors on the same topic for this article have noted, there is just one place that bears any comparison - I haven't yet found a place that I would call "the London of anywhere" - London is pretty unique.
Although I do think Buenos Aires is a bit like a Latin version of a mixture of Paris and London ;) And undoubtedly, Singapore is like the utopian/dystopian version of London. But just the London of X? Nah.
|Busan, eeerm... Manchester of South Korea?|
These comparisons are used in writing to give people an idea of the vibe or historical and/or economical role of a place, but shouldn't be taken too seriously. I just randomly selected some pictures to draw comparisons, but could easily do it for a hundred more. The truth is, no two places are the same, but for someone who has never been, such a comparison can be quite helpful.
What are your favourite comparisons, or the silliest you have come across?
|Manila - Bangkok's Evil sister?|
|ye olde English mansions of Singapore|
|only Osaka manages to be both the Manchester and Venice of Japan!|