August 15, 2010

Between the Tradition and Development

The city of Port Moresby is changing very fast. Lots of New Hotels, Apartment Houses, Shopping Centres and Office Buildings are being built under the name of Development.
Here you can see the new Harbor City Development site, with new ANZ bank headquarter, New Executive Apartment and land reclamation site for further construction.
Right at back of it is Hanuabada village of Motuan people; life not much changed for hundreds of years since they have built the village on the water after migrating from other pacific islands.
It is a clear contrast of tradition and Development facing each other.
Everybody wishes for a comfortable modern life but if you believe in development and chase for it, you will lose your identity forever. Papua New Guinea is one of the last countries in the world which still keeps its own identity but it may have gone very soon....
Nobody knows where this country is heading for.

1 comment:

Alex Bliokh (A. S. Bliokh) said...

General Comment:

Papua-New Guinea was a destination of at least two expeditions by a great Russian explorer, Miklukha Maklay (this is surname). There is even a monument on the islands to him somewhere

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Miklouho-Maclay

Might he be a powerful attraction for tourism to the islands?