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Nagasaki, Japan

Atomic Bomb Medical Museum

A sobering scientific reminder of the human damage caused by the advent of the nuclear age.
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto Castle

The iconic castle that withstood a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has become a symbol of resilience.
Sirang-ri, South Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa

One of only a handful of seaside temples in Korea, this sacred space is home to a legendary healing Buddha statue and a traffic safety prayer pagoda.
Athens, Greece

Temple of Artemis Agrotera

The only ancient site that remains on the south bank of the sacred Ilissos river.
Athens, Greece

Theatre of Dionysus

Heralded as the world's first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece

Tower of the Winds

An ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
Heraklion, Greece

Phaistos Disc

This famous archeological mystery may be an ancient example of movable type.
Heraklion, Greece

Knossos

A minotaur, a labyrinth, and a dubious restoration pull in visitors from around the world.
La Teste-de-Buch, France

La Dune du Pilat

Bordered by forest on three sides and the ocean on the other, the Great Dune of Pilat is the highest sand dune in Europe.
Malé, Maldives

Thilafushi: the "Rubbish Island"

The exorbitant price of paradise.
Beppu, Japan

Chinoike Jigoku

Steaming blood-red hot spring from hell.
Kyoto, Japan

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

Twelve hundred stone carvings guard this off-the-beaten-path Buddhist temple.
Tokyo, Japan

Sōgenji Temple (Kappa-Dera)

Shrine to Japanese water-goblins, complete with their preserved body parts.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
Tokyo, Japan

Giant GUNDAM Robot

A 20-meter (65-foot) robot towers over Tokyo Bay.
Nara, Japan

Tōdai-ji Daibutsuden (The Great Buddha Hall)

The former world's largest wooden building containing a giant Buddha, healing pillars, and tame deer which wander the grounds.
Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove has been named a governmentally recognized sound.
Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju Seokbinggo

An early Korean refrigerator.
Gyeongju, South Korea

Cheonmachong

This tomb's name derives from a famous painting of a white horse found inside.
Seoul, South Korea

Jongmyo Shrine

The supreme shrine of the state.
Seoul, South Korea

Seonjeongneung

The burial ground of two kings and a queen is now a calm city park in the middle of bustling Seoul.
Gyeongju, South Korea

Wolji Pond

This human-made pond is part of a Korean palace complex first built in the 7th century.
Seoul, South Korea

Hyangwonjeong Pavilion

A unique structure located on the grounds of one of five grand palaces that were built by the Joseon dynasty.