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Prague, Czechia

The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

The history of occult science is turned into a creepshow at this lurid Prague tourist attraction.
Kuta Alam, Indonesia

Tsunami 'Noah's Ark'

After a 2004 tsunami, this stranded boat was left in place.
Telouet, Morocco

Kasbah Telouet

A mud brick kasbah with a history of lavishness and traitorship.
Thimphu, Bhutan

Buddha Dordenma Statue

This giant Buddha statue has 125,000 smaller Buddhas hidden inside it.
Buffalo, New York

Giant Victorian Head Replica

This massive melon is a recreation of a similar gate from the Pan-American Expo.
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cristo de la Concordia

This giant Christ took first place in South America's religious arms race.
Keraniganj, Bangladesh

Dhaka Shipyard

The shipyards along the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital are a flurry dangerous boat breaking and rebuilding.
Jeongseon, South Korea

Samtan Art Mine

This former coal mine has been turned into a sprawling modern art complex.
Tariat, Mongolia

Ovoos at Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

A jagged silhouette of shamanistic stone heaps rises from the shore of this dazzling mile-high lake.
Gyeongju, South Korea

Love Castle

This odd museum/art gallery embraces the physiological, zoological, and ethnographic side of sex.
Urgun, Mongolia

Khamriin Khiid

Mongolian Buddhists believe this monastery in the Gobi desert to be the center of the world's spiritual energy.
La Paz, Bolivia

Cementerio General

In La Paz's huge, city-sized cemetery, the deceased are stored in rows of apartment-like buildings.
Hapcheon, South Korea

Tripitaka Koreana

Over 80,000 carved wood blocks make up one of the world's oldest intact Buddhist canons.
Jinan-gun, South Korea

Tapsa Temple

120 mortarless pagodas built by one Korean hermit.
Seoul, South Korea

War Memorial of Korea

Home to more than 13,000 pieces of war memorabilia and military equipment.
Seoul, South Korea

Yongma Land Abandoned Theme Park

Plenty of old carney magic still haunts this photogenic amusement park.
Paju, South Korea

Third Tunnel of Aggression

Secret North Korean passage discovered below the world's most dangerous border.
Seoul, South Korea

Seodaemun Prison

A chilling monument to Korean patriots who resisted the Japanese occupation.
Sainshand, Mongolia

Danzanravjaa Museum

Hidden treasures belonging to Mongolia's most revered and multi-talented monk spent decades buried in the Gobi desert.
ambon Kalai, Thailand

Ko Ta Pu (James Bond Island)

A tall karst islet popularized by 007.
Mauritania

Moroccan Western Sahara Wall

This fortified sand barrier dividing a contested territory is the longest minefield in the world.
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Erdene Zuu

The oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia has survived centuries of invasions, political shifts, and religious purges.
Mongolia

Khustain Nuruu National Park

The grassy landscape is home to the world's last truly wild horses.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

International Intellectual and Puzzle Museum

An institution dedicated to curiosity, logic, riddles, and Mongolia's long history of puzzles.