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The not-at-all bustling entrance to Dorasan Station.
Paju, South Korea

Dorasan Station

South Korea's largely symbolic, barely used gateway to the North.
37.8986, 126.7077
The facade of the temple.
Bayan Lepas, Malaysia

Snake Temple

Come in, light some incense, and ignore the live snakes around you.
5.3142, 100.2852
South Wharf, Australia

Polly Woodside

This historic tall ship traveled 1.5 million miles around the globe, and once did duty as the mythical pirate ship in Peter Pan.
-37.8243, 144.9536
The 14-foot-high marionette watch.
Melbourne, Australia

Marionette Fob Watch

Every hour a secret compartment drops from this giant pocket watch, revealing a lovely surprise.
-37.8102, 144.9630
Weighs 6 tons and is 26 feet high.
Melbourne, Australia

Raising the Rattler Pole

Not the result of an accident, hurricane, or aliens, this is an eye-popping tribute to the Melbourne tram.
-37.8200, 144.9547
The tower of books.
Washington, D.C.

Lincoln Book Tower

A three-story tower of books about Abraham Lincoln is one of the more unusual monuments to the president.
38.8968, -77.0263
This statue once stood at an entrance to the original Penn Station and was salvaged from a garbage dump.
Brooklyn, New York

Steinberg Sculpture Garden

A beautiful collection of architectural ornaments rescued from demolished New York City buildings.
40.6712, -73.9636
The line in the sand.
San Antonio, Texas

Alamo Line in the Sand

Legend has it the commander of the defenders drew a fateful line in the dirt with his sword just before the final battle.
29.4260, -98.4861
Washington, D.C.

Old Stone House

The oldest building in the District of Columbia was preserved because of a mistaken connection to George Washington.
38.9057, -77.0603
This peacock was part of the 2017 holiday show. Its tail feathers are made from kalanchoe and echeveria.
Toronto, Ontario

Allan Gardens Conservatory

The Victorian-era greenhouse is stuffed with tropical plants, and open 365 days a year.
43.6621, -79.3755
One of Dia's additions to 7000 Oaks.
New York, New York

7000 Oaks

Twenty-three trees, each paired with a basalt stone, line a street in Chelsea, continuing an urban project started by German Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys.
40.7472, -74.0057
The Ivy Side
San Antonio, Texas

Rosita's Bridge

An ivy-covered arch bridge dedicated to Tejano music singer and legend Rosita Fernandez.
29.4218, -98.4891
Massimo Vignelli's much-debated 1972 subway map.
New York, New York

Vintage Massimo Vignelli Subway Map

There's a piece of New York City transportation history hidden in plain sight at a Manhattan subway stop.
40.7638, -73.9772
The columns looking out over the Venetian Lagoon.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
45.4330, 12.3388
The wire at 56th Street and 11th Avenue.
New York, New York

The Manhattan Eruv

This nearly invisible wire transforms much of the city into one big, symbolic home on the holy day.
40.7954, -73.9439
Man Controlling Trade.
Washington, D.C.

Man Controlling Trade

A muscular Art Deco monument represents the struggle between regulators and unbridled markets.
38.8925, -77.0204
Former fire station no 1 and its Watch Tower
East Melbourne, Australia

Fire Services Museum of Victoria

A firefighting museum housed in a historic station whose Lookout Tower watches over Melbourne.
-37.8089, 144.9754
The Bunyip.
Melbourne, Australia

The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek

A friendly monster lurks outside the State Library Victoria.
-37.8101, 144.9643
The beach facing Brisbane City and River.
Brisbane, Australia

Streets Beach

Brisbane's manmade urban beach has enough water to fill five Olympic-sized swimming pools.
-27.4779, 153.0231
Parable with Skull.
Prague, Czechia

Podobenství s Lebkou (Parable With Skull)

An existential riddle in the world's largest ancient castle.
50.0921, 14.4048
The gallery of medical exhibits.
Venice, Italy

Scuola Grande di San Marco

The marble facade hides a little-known medical museum with early surgical instruments and rare copies of canonical texts.
45.4397, 12.3415
The Big Prawn.
West Ballina, Australia

The Big Prawn

There's nothing shrimpy about the world's largest artificial prawn.
-28.8637, 153.5326
The Sirius building in Sydney.
The Rocks, Australia

Sirius Building

Though considered an eyesore by some, this boxy Brutalist high-rise plays a significant role in Sydney's past.
-33.8578, 151.2079
Senate side.
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Bollards

The 5.5-mile ring of steel posts around the Capitol Building is one of the largest (and most uniform) of its kind in the world.
38.8898, -77.0060