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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 Fountain of the Innocents is one of the few surviving pieces of the lost cemetery.
Paris, France

Fountain of Innocents

A 16th-century fountain marks the site of a lost medieval cemetery once filled with mass graves.
48.8606, 2.3469
Diesel train coming down the train tracks through a narrow street in Hanoi.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi's Train Street

Twice a day a speeding train passes only inches from the homes of this residential neighborhood.
21.0220, 105.8432
A staircase excavated from the tuff leads to a depth of 120 feet (40 meters).
Naples, Italy

Naples Underground

A labyrinth of ancient tunnels hidden below the city holds the ruins of 2,500 years of history.
40.8511, 14.2568
Looking ahead on the slide.
Beijing, China

Great Wall of China Slide

Why walk on this historical site when you can zoom down instead?
40.4318, 116.5704
The Chandelier Tree.
Los Angeles, California

Chandelier Tree

Dozens of lights dangle from the branches of what may be the brightest tree in Los Angeles.
34.1069, -118.2676
Interior details.
Porto, Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco

The stunning interior of this Gothic church is covered in ornate gold details.
41.1410, -8.6157
Floating gardens, Inle Lake.
Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)

Floating Gardens of Inle Lake

A series of tiny artificial islands rich with produce bob atop the surface of the lake.
20.4923, 96.8901
Cafe Jack.
Los Angeles, California

Café Jack

A "Titanic" superfan changed his name to Jack and set up this strange shrine to the blockbuster, complete with Korean food and Tarot readings.
34.0650, -118.3086
former Downtown LA location (closed)
Glendale, California

Museum of Neon Art

A one-of-a-kind collection of a unique medium.
34.1438, -118.2547
Different varieties of kimchi at the museum.
Seoul, South Korea

Museum Kimchikan

Tracking the 1,500-year history of Korea's star cabbage.
37.5735, 126.9849
Four Corners Monument
Teec Nos Pos, Utah

Four Corners Monument

The marker offers a rare chance to be in four U.S. states at once, though there's some controversy over its geographic accuracy.
36.9990, -109.0456
Bran Castle
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
45.5149, 25.3672
Diego and Frida's houses, connected by a bridge
Mexico City, Mexico

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House Studio Museum

The famous artist couple lived and worked here, in two different houses separated by a bridge.
19.3496, -99.1973
Remains of the Royal Suspension Chain Pier
Brighton, England

Remains of the Royal Suspension Chain Pier

Half-drowned wooden stumps and stone blocks are all that remain of a Victorian landing that was destroyed by storms.
50.8183, -0.1308
The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
34.0628, -118.3594
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
Martin Bricelj Baraga's Cyanometer in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cyanometer

Martin Bricelj Baraga's monolithic sculpture measures the blueness of the sky, and changes color to match it.
46.0539, 14.5040
Personal gadgets for sale in Akihabara around 2008.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
35.6989, 139.7699
One of the 13 entrances of the complex
Vĩnh Thạch, Vietnam

Vịnh Mốc Tunnel Complex

This network of tunnels housed an entire village for years, and even had a hall for screening movies.
17.0743, 107.1098
Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

The world's tallest building features an Armani hotel, offices above the cloud line, and perfumed lounges.
25.1975, 55.2749
The figures have aged to a greenish patina.
Boulder City, Nevada

Winged Figures of the Republic

A Norwegian-born sculptor created these soaring guardian angels at the entrance to Hoover Dam.
36.0167, -114.7391
Al fresco dining on St. Vincent Court.
Los Angeles, California

St. Vincent Court

A faux European lane smack dab in downtown L.A.
34.0460, -118.2535
Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Tyler Moore Statue

A bronze statue on a downtown corner honors Minneapolis's favorite career gal.
44.9767, -93.2729