Top 10 cities of Asia factsCities of Asia quiz
Chennai is one of the India's largest cities. What was its previous name?
Madras. The renaming of cities in India started after the end of the British imperial period in 1947 and continues to date. Madras was changed to Chennai in 1994, but the old name is preserved in many institutions, like Madras Stock Exchange, Madras University and Madras High Court.
Which city is associated with cremated bodies lying on the banks of a river?
Varanasi. Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and that dying in Varanasi ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations. Those who are lucky enough to die in Varanasi, are cremated on the banks of the Ganges, and are granted instant salvation. Thus, many Hindus arrive here for dying.
What does the name Singapore mean?
City of Lions. The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (lit. Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Lions probably never lived there; the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named ancient Singapore, was most likely a tiger.
What is the capital city of Mongolia?
Ulan Bator. The city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. It changed location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially – before settling permanently at its present location in 1778.
What was the previous name of Ho Chi Minh city?
Saigon. Immediately after the communist takeover of South Vietnam in 1975, a provisional government renamed the city after Ho Chi Minh. Even today, however, the informal name of Sai Gon remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally.
Which major city is this?
Istanbul. The city is easily recognizable due to the Bosphorus strait dividing it into two parts located on different continents. Istanbul's commercial and historical center is situated in Europe, while one third of its population live in Asia.
What is the capital city of Iran?
Tehran. From the 1920s to 1930s, the city was essentially rebuilt from scratch, under the rule of Reza Shah Pahlavi. In an attempt to modernize the city, many historic buildings, fortifications and gardens were demolished, and modern buildings in pre-Islamic Iranian style (such as National Bank) were built in their place.
What is the capital city of the Philippines?
Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, with 41,515 inhabitants per square kilometre.