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Historical Timeline of Southeast Asia

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Prehistoric Period

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Paleolithic sites

The main sites are in Java (Sangiran, Java Man) and East Malaysia (Niah cave). The oldest habitation is in Philipines Palawan (Tabon Cave).

Neolithic sites



Early agricultural societies sites

The main sites are in Java (Sangiran, Java Man) and East Malaysia (Niah cave). The oldest habitation is in Philipines Palawan (Tabon Cave).

Bronze age

The earliest known copper and bronze main site is in Northeast Thailand (Ban Chiang) and Northern Vietnam (Phung Nguyen). Sahuynh culture (south central coast of Vietnam) and Buni culture (coastal north western Java) also exist and they produced pottery.

Early Kingdoms Period

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Medieval Period

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European Colonisation Period

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1521, Magellan's Marker, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Philippines

The Magellan's Marker was built in 1866 on the site where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by Mactan chief Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

Fort Santiago, Philippines

Old Spanish Colonial Buildings, Manila, Philippines

Christ Church, Malacca


A chruch built by the Dutch in 1753 and one of the World Heritage site in the city.


29 January 1819, Raffles Landing Site, Singapore

This is the spot Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have landed on 29 January 1819.

15th Feb 1942, Ford Factory, Singapore

This was the site where Britain surrendered Singapore to Japanese troops on 15th Feb 1942.

Post War Decolonisation Period

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31 August 1957, Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia

Malaysia's independance from Britain was declared here on 31 August 1957. The 100m tall flagpole is one of the tallest in the world.

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