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Cebu City, Philippines

Santo Niño de Cebú

A babydoll Jesus given by Magellan in 1521.
10.3036, 123.8953
Mannequin prisoners shackled in the French Colonial section of Hỏa Lò Prison.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hỏa Lò Prison

The notorious "Hanoi Hilton" where Vietnamese colonial subjects and later American POWs, including John McCain, were imprisoned.
21.0252, 105.8465
Hanoi, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh's perfectly preserved body has been on display here since 1975.
21.0373, 105.8360
Water puppet show
Hanoi, Vietnam

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Home of the unusual art of water puppetry, one of Vietnam's oldest curiosities.
21.0317, 105.8531
The interior of Hang Sung Sot.
tt. Cái Rồng, Vietnam

Hang Sung Sot

Ha Long Bay's "Cave of Surprises" houses a popular phallic rock formation.
21.2359, 107.6319
The USS Pueblo, Pyongyang
Pyongyang, North Korea

The USS Pueblo

Captured in 1968, the Cold War spy ship is the only U.S. Navy vessel being held by a foreign government.
39.0403, 125.7404
The Forbidden City
Beijing, China

The Forbidden City

The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
39.9225, 116.3968
The Demarcation Line marking the border between the two countries
Paju, South Korea

Korean Demilitarized Zone

Last frontier of the Cold War.
37.9556, 126.6766
Pyongyang, North Korea

Victorious Fatherland War Museum

A vast museum devoted to North Korea's victories against its imperialist enemies.
39.0256, 125.7362
Pyongyang, North Korea

Ryugyong Hotel

North Korea's massive "hotel of doom."
39.0364, 125.7306
Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Il-sung Square

One of the largest public squares in the world, named after the former DPRK supreme leader.
39.0196, 125.7526
Juche Tower.
Pyongyang, North Korea

Juche Tower

A highly symbolic tower in honor of Supreme Leader Kim Il-sung's personal philosophy.
39.0177, 125.7636
Chollima Statue
Pyongyang, North Korea

Chollima Statue

This North Korean pegasus statue was built as a symbol of the speed and perseverance of North Korean workers.
39.0379, 125.7424
Visitors bowing in a show of respect for North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansudae (Mansu Hill) in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Pyongyang, North Korea

Mansu Hill Grand Monument

A giant bronze monument to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il is one of the most sacred sites in North Korea.
39.0305, 125.7540
Pyongyang, North Korea

Ideals of the North Korean Workers' Party Monument

A symbol of the Workers' Party of North Korea.
39.0279, 125.7764
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
Pyongyang, North Korea

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

A former palace transformed into a mausoleum for North Korea's supreme leaders.
39.0632, 125.7889
You can rent an audio guide when you're there.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

Five miles of underground river link lake to ocean.
10.1667, 118.9167
Singapore

Bronze Bathers

The most playful of the life-sized statues that make up Singapore's "People of the River."
1.2869, 103.8495
Water gushes down a green mountain at Asik-Asik falls.
Alamada, Philippines

Asik-Asik Falls

This wondrous waterfall rushing down a green-covered mountain wasn't discovered until 2010.
7.5616, 124.5355
Aside from the fact that the bell tower "sinks," one of the curious things about this tower is its distance from the main cathedral. Pictured here from a nearby park, the cathedral itself cannot be seen.
Laoag City, Philippines

The Sinking Bell Tower

It is believed that the historic tower is sinking at a rate of an inch a year, though no one is completely sure why.
18.1949, 120.5945
The 272 steps to the main cave, guarded by Murugan
Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves

Holy Hindu shrine in an enormous, monkey-filled limestone cavern.
3.2419, 101.6868
(Flickr/DoNotLick)
Ngong Ping, Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha

Climb to the top of the world's largest seated bronze Buddha.
22.2526, 113.8997
Chunking Mansions malls.
Hong Kong

Chungking Mansions

Teeming with illegal goods and services, this towering maze of vice is also a popular tourist accommodation.
22.2965, 114.1728
Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

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