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Datong, China

Hanging Temple of Hengshan

A 5th-century temple improbably built into the side of a cliff
39.6595, 113.7093
Daniel Campos, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Salt Flat

A seemingly endless landscape of pure salt stretches far across Bolivia
-20.1643, -67.5714
Ivolginskiy datsan, Russia

Ivolginsky Datsan

The mummified remains of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, Russia's most important Buddhist
51.7585, 107.2034
A typical tunnel entrance, barely wide enough to fit one's shoulders through.
Nhuận Đức, Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

A nightmare for the claustrophobic lies hidden in Southeast Asia
11.0624, 106.5272
The White Temple
Lan Dokmai Tok, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun

White Buddhist Temple with a golden restroom
19.8242, 99.7631
The descent of the snake god

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show
20.6816, -88.5677
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle
13.3586, 103.8626
Hospet, India


The remains of what was, not so long ago, the world's largest city
15.2812, 76.3970
tp. Đà Lạt, Vietnam

Da Lat Crazy House

A Surreal flight of architectural fancy in Vietnam's Central Highlands
11.9356, 108.4295
Nor Yungas, Bolivia

North Yungas Road

Death road of Bolivia
-16.2669, -67.7914
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Cao Dai Holy See

The lavish temple of the Cao Dai religion that includes Buddha, Mohammed, Joan of Arc, and Victor Hugo
11.3062, 106.0961
In front of Namdroling (The Golden Temple)
Bylakuppe, India


The world's largest Tibetan refugee settlement
12.4027, 75.9815
Leshan, China

Giant Buddha

This Tang Dynasty behemoth is the biggest Buddha in the world
29.5521, 103.7656
Bangkok, Thailand

Giant Swing

For centuries young Thai men used this Giant Swing as a slingshot to heaven
13.7518, 100.5012
Moscow, Russia

Hotel Ukraina

Tallest hotel in Europe
55.7515, 37.5656
Urubamba, Peru

The Stonework of Machu Picchu

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers
-13.1631, -72.5455
Ulan-Ude, Russia

The Giant Lenin Head of Ulan Ude

This massive glowering Lenin head gazes out over eastern Siberia
51.8408, 107.6081
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Castle

A castle from the Holy Roman Empire that hosts traveling youth... in its stables
49.4550, 11.0795
A guillotine from the war

War Remnants Museum

Artifacts and memories from the Vietnam war, located in a place that experienced it first hand
10.7791, 106.6926
Illuminated at night by 97,000 bulbs
Mysore, India

Mysore Palace

Modest by day, illuminated majestically at sunset
12.3185, 76.6406
Local boatman leave phallic statues as an offering to Phra Nang, a princess goddess.
Phela, Thailand

Phra Nang Cave

A phallic shrine to a princess goddess in Krabi, Thailand
8.1192, 99.1014
Điện Biên, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh's perfectly preserved body has been on display here since 1975.
21.0373, 105.8360
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison
11.5496, 104.9175
Church on the Blood.
Yekaterinburg, Russia

The Church on the Blood

Church built on the site where the last tsar of Russia and his family were killed
56.8369, 60.6175