A Year’s Worth of Currency from Asia

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A Year’s Worth of Currency from Asia

After a year of traveling around Asia, I collected a lot of currency. Often times it’s leftover (on purpose, in hopes that I’ll return) but I’m also mindful of stashing away several small bills as a souvenir. I also keep coins. I think they are the best possible momentos.


One thing that originally got me interested in travel and other cultures was a collection of coins that my Grandfather had passed down to me. While serving in the second World War he picked up various European coins from the early 20th century.


Despite the convenience  and prevalence of credit and debit cards in some places, every country I visited this year was a cash society. I don’t think I used my credit card once. Even in some places that we associate with modernity and reliance on technology, like Japan for instance, has stubbornly rejected plastic in favor of paper money


In 2013 I visited 10 countries. Here are most beautiful bills from a year of travel.


currency from Asia

South Korean Won


currency of Japan
Japanese Yen


Philippines currency


Philippine Peso


currency of Singapore


Singapore Dollar


currency of Malaysia


Malaysian Ringgit


currency of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Rupee


currency of India


Indian Rupee


Bhutanese ngultrum


Bhutanese Ngultrum


currency of Nepal


Nepalese Rupee


Myanmar kyats

Myanmar Kyats

Do you collect currency? What countries are some of your favorites?



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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Stephen says:

    This is actually the only souvenir that I regularly keep. I’ve never seen Ngultrum, though, sweet addition to the collection!

  2. Stephen Bugno says:

    It certainly is beutiful, Juno. But I love traditional Korean architecture and dress.

  3. Runaway Juno says:

    I’m quite proud of our money!

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