This Chinatown Arcade Is One Of The Last Of Its Kind

Singapore has come up with some of the most innovative ways in the world to ensure nature survives alongside the skyscrapers. Here are three of our favourite parks…

1. Gardens by the Bay 

a garden with water in the background: The supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay (Shutterstock)

Modern, glass domes house magical mist-filled micro-worlds. Flora of every colour tumbles elegantly down the sides of metal structures. A thick carpet of green breaks cover to reveal neat bridges and waterfall-filled lakes. Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic utopian world come true. 

Separated into three separate areas, you could literally spend days exploring all the intricacies of Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Although you have to pay to get into certain areas, there's more than enough going on that you don't have to pay for. Not only have the gardens been filled with floral wonders to delight both your sight and your smell, they have been very thoughtfully located. From different parts of the park you can savour views of the city’s glittering skyline or over the peaceful waterfront.

The real draw, however, are the purple-headed super-trees poking out above the surrounding scenery. These magnificent vertical gardens reach up to 50 metres in height. Don’t forget to return in the evening, where the artificial trees are transformed into a glittering light show.

2. Botanic Gardens 

a green fire hydrant sitting in the grass: The UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens celebrate their 160th birthday in 2019 (Dreamstime) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens celebrate their 160th birthday in 2019 (Dreamstime)

Not only were these gardens Singapore’s first UNESCO site, but this tropical botanical paradise is the only one of its kind on the list. 2019 is the time to go, as the park celebrates its 160th birthday.

Walk around the Bonsai Garden to admire the manicured miniature trees. Sit for a while at the Botany Centre where ancient trees grow around colonial buildings. Feel like you’re in a wild western movie in the cacti-filled Sun Garden. Take a stroll around Swan Lake to see the the trees and clouds shimmering on the surface of the oldest ornamental lake in Singapore.

Amongst the flora is the iconic 1930s bandstand, which is well worth snapping a picture from under. Don’t forget to pause to appreciate the circle of trees surrounding the bandstand with their baffling bright yellow leaves.

3. Fort Canning 

a tree next to a stone wall: The gate at the historical Fort Canning park (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The gate at the historical Fort Canning park (Shutterstock)

On first glance, Fort Canning doesn’t seem as interesting as the others. But you’d be a fool to judge it this way. The hilltop park, known originally as ‘Forbidden Hill’ has acted as the stage for many of the most important historical milestones in Singapore.

Walk its tree-lined pavements, pausing at the artefacts on display along the way to learn about Singapore’s revolution and how it became the country it is today.

It’s not all stuck in the past, though. Constantly moving with the modern times, the park is now used as a creative space, hosting music concerts, theatre productions, and festivals.

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4. MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir Park  

a close up of a bridge: The free-standing suspension bridge at MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a great way to get above the wildlife (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The free-standing suspension bridge at MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a great way to get above the wildlife (Shutterstock)

Set around a vast reservoir in the centre of the city, MacRitchie Reservoir Park offers outdoor adventures in and around a tropical forest. This is true fresh air territory.

Embark on the 11km walking trail, through the rainforest fringing the edges of the reservoir. Look out for macaque monkeys, monitor lizards, owls and even colugos (flying lemurs).

While you’re there, it’s also worth walking across the free-standing suspension bridge, taking you above the tree tops and offering exhilarating views over the rainforest, flora and fauna below.

5. Buhit Timah Nature Reserve 

a train that is sitting on a bench in a garden: The UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens celebrate their 160th birthday in 2019 (Dreamstime) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens celebrate their 160th birthday in 2019 (Dreamstime)

Buhit Timah Nature Reserve encloses the tallest hill in Singapore. But probably more significantly, the 163m high hill is where one of the last remaining areas of primary rainforest in the country stands.

The rainforest and the uncomfortably humid weather create perfect conditions for diverse plant life and wildlife to thrive - great for seeking out during a hike to the peak.

Hiking the hill isn’t all that difficult, with steps and guide ropes offering a helping hand. There’s a variety of paths on a scale of difficulty you can use to explore the 163-hectare reserve.

6. Southern Ridges

a bridge over a river: Henderson Waves is not only the tallest pedestrian bridge making up Southern Ridges, but also the highest of its kind in Singapore (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Henderson Waves is not only the tallest pedestrian bridge making up Southern Ridges, but also the highest of its kind in Singapore (Shutterstock)

If you love birdwatching, then this 10km sky-high trail is the one for you.

Connecting the hilltops of otherwise separated parks, these bridges take you above the busy life below and level with the birds. Keep your eyes peeled for the red-whiskered bulbuls and banded bay cuckoos, in particular.

Don’t miss the country’s highest pedestrian bridge, Henderson Waves, snaking its way between two hills. 36 metres above the ground, not only is it good for wildlife, but also offers some of the best views over Singapore.

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7. Sri Mariamman Temple

The gorgeous tower of Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The gorgeous tower of Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore (Shutterstock)

The oldest and arguably the most magnificent Hindu temple in Singapore is the incredibly detailed Sri Mariamman Temple.

The pastel-hued roof of this place of worship cones up to the clouds and standing, sitting and crouching up and down it are hundreds of adorned idols looking down at the street below.

Don’t be confused by the almost-new-with-shine detail of this ancient temple. It has been restored many times throughout history, most recently in 2010 when around twenty Indian artists were sent to revitalise the temple. They set about repainting the mythological sculptures.

8. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

a group of people in front of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum: The eccentric Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The eccentric Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Shutterstock)

Layered like a wedding cake, it’s very hard to miss the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple poking its head above Chinatown. Its eccentric exterior with its flag-frilled, fence-lined windows and golden bauble-lined roofs offers a clue to what awaits inside.

A bombardment of colour sits on the other side of the door. Multi-coloured silk fringes every surface and the deep-red walls and bright pink ceiling are only dulled by the golden shrine dominating the far-wall. It's so bright, the yellow glow is reflected in streaks along the floor.

The temple is also home to a museum where you can learn more about Buddhist culture, observe historic artefacts and learn more about the history of Singapore.

9. Thian Hock Keng Temple

a group of people sitting at a basketball game: The beautifully understated Chinese Thian Hock Keng Temple (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The beautifully understated Chinese Thian Hock Keng Temple (Shutterstock)

More understated than the previous temples but equally as important to visit is Thian Hock Keng Temple. Known as the temple of heavenly happiness, this is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore.

Not only is this temple significant now, but played a very important part in the past. Built for Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea, the temple was widely used by immigrants who came to pay thanks to Mazu for keeping them safe on their journey across the water.

Feel at peace as you walk the beautiful courtyard. When you’re studying the architecture, take time to ponder how they made something so ornate without the use of a single nail.

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10. Little India 

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Built around 200 years ago, the district of Little India is arguably more vibrant, energetic and exciting now than it’s ever been before.

Filled with temples, museums, art spaces and markets, there’s always something to feast the eye on.

Don’t miss Little India Arcade. With its bright beads hanging from the ceiling, glittering jewellery and bright clothes filling the stands and numerous handicrafts on display, this is a beautiful bombardment on the senses.


11. Chinatown

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You’ll know you’re in Chinatown when the buildings get lower and everywhere is lavishly decorated in red and gold. Alongside some truly magnificent temples is a whole world of Chinese traditions and culture.

The best way of soaking up the atmosphere is by walking through it. Stroll through the red lantern-roofed market where vendors sell all sorts of Chinese essentials and luxuries, including bright silk robes and traditional ornaments.

Enjoy the sound of the bartering market vendors and their potential customers and salivate at the smell of fresh Chinese food wafting through the stalls.

12. Katong neighbourhood

a tall building in a city: Joo Chiat road in Katong is well-worth a stroll to admire the colonial houses (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Joo Chiat road in Katong is well-worth a stroll to admire the colonial houses (Shutterstock)

If you need a break from the busy, bold and noisy world of everyday Singapore. Escape to Katong, where even the colour of the buildings is peaceful.

Row upon row of pastel-coloured colonial buildings neatly line the sides of Katong – the first heritage town in Singapore. Walk along these quaint houses with their latticed bordering and you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

The streets are so quiet you’ll feel like you’ve walked out of Singapore completely. Despite being quiet, Katong is by no means empty. Walk through its streets - spotted with traditional cafes and bars - and you’ll seen get a sense of how full of authenticity and rich in culture this district is.

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13.  Street art at Bras Basah.Bugis

a close up of a colorful building: Just one of many bold murals in Bras Basah.Bugis, Singapore (Dreamstime) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Just one of many bold murals in Bras Basah.Bugis, Singapore (Dreamstime)

You can find street art in many places across the region, but perhaps the boldest and most eye-catching can be found around the district of Bugis and Bras Basah, often called BBB.

You’ll struggle to find a single inch of wall here that isn’t covered in colour. Every building on the street has been used as a giant canvas, where artists have come to show off their creations. These truly are eye-popping murals.

14. Find art in the architecture 

a lit up city at night: The Fountain of Wealth is one of many artisitic examples of the city's architecture (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The Fountain of Wealth is one of many artisitic examples of the city's architecture (Shutterstock)

You don’t have to look hard to find art in Singapore, as it is worked into much of the city’s best architecture. The best way to see as much as possible is by taking the Art Trail, which winds you past many of the city’s best buildings, designed by big names such as Han Sai Por and Roy Lichtenstein.

Among the highlights is the Fountain of Wealth. Making it into the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 (as the world’s biggest fountain), this lit-up spectacle is mesmerising both day and night. Nearby is the iconic Merlion sculpture, which depicts the half-lion, half-fish mythological creature.

Weave through the six granite sculptures that make up Progressive Flow, an intriguing and interactive piece of art at the NTUC Centre. Another one not to miss is David Gerstein’s Momentum, a giant red cone of almost 19m in height, depicting silhouettes of the country's many people, celebrating how they have helped build Singapore.

15. Salvador Dali Sculptures

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If you thought you had to pay money to see one of history’s most celebrated artist’s work, think again. A thrilling way to experience the art of Singapore is to go on a hunt for Salvador Dali’s sculptures – many of which are sprinkled around the country.

His surrealist work can’t be mistaken for anyone else’s. Be mesmerized by his depictions of long-legged elephants, unicorns, horses, clocks, golden women and even a snail.

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16. Marina Barrage Rooftop Park

a group of people flying kites in a field: Enjoy a picnic on the roof of Marina Barrage (Dreamstime) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Enjoy a picnic on the roof of Marina Barrage (Dreamstime)

For an alternative view over the city and harbor of Singapore, walk up to the park at the top of Marina Barrage. Head up before dusk to watch the sky darken as the lights brighten in each of the windows of the skyscrapers.

17. Watch the sun set over Marina Bay Sands Hotel

a bridge over a body of water with smoke coming out of it: One of the most magnificent views in all of Singapore (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications One of the most magnificent views in all of Singapore (Shutterstock)

A more popular but no less spectacular option for sunset junkies is to stand next to the statue of Merlion and look in the same direction as he is. You’ll soon be rewarded with a fiery sky, glowing from behind the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel, and casting an orange cover across the top of the water. 

18. Helix Bridge

  a large bridge over a body of water: Walk over Helix Bridge for great night views (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Walk over Helix Bridge for great night views (Shutterstock)

Once the sun has gone down, walk from one side of the Marina to the other by crossing the Helix Bridge. The bridge itself is a visual delight, criss-crossing and circling above your head to create a purple light tunnel.

The views in front, below and all around you are also amazing. Skyscrapers glow a warm yellow and lights streak and dance across the dark water. This is a view you’ll never forget.

Free fun at Singapore airport 

We’re serious. 

Singapore's Changi Airport didn’t win the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards again for no reason. With free slides, a butterfly park, and even an indoor water park, for once you won’t want to be rushing through the airport.

19. The Rain Vortex 

  a fountain in a park: The brand new Rain Vortex is the largest indoor waterfall in the world (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications The brand new Rain Vortex is the largest indoor waterfall in the world (Shutterstock)

The newly unveiled 40m-high manmade waterfall is the tallest indoor fountain in the world, and is just the newest addition to Singapore’s ever growing collection of ambitious, artistic architecture.

Stand directly below it and crane your neck back as far as it will go to get a true sense of the scale, and listen to the exhilarating rush of the waterfall. 

20. Butterfly Park

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Over 1000 tropical butterflies from around 40 different species fly around this tree and flower-filled, nectar-scented indoor park. Despite the artificial heat, the park is worth a look around. You'll be left enchanted.

21. Play 

a close up of a wire fence: Sky nets at Changi airport (Shutterstock) © Provided by Wanderlust Publications Sky nets at Changi airport (Shutterstock) While you’re waiting for your flight, there’s plenty of opportunities to burn off excess energy. With fun slides and newly-erected ‘bouncing nets’ you can pretend you’re a child again in this playground big enough for adults. 

Related Slideshow: Must-visit landmarks in Asia (Provided by Photo Services)

  • Slide 1 of 42: Garden by the bay at singapore
  • Slide 2 of 42: BANAUE, IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES - 2016/06/18: Hungduan Hapao rice terraces near Banaue is expansive with scattered village huts between the paddy and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Banaue Rice Terraces are a great example of a living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as 2000 years ago. The Ifugao indigenous tribe that have lived in these mountains for thousands of years have passed on their skills from generation to generation. The know-how that has been handed down from one generation to the next, have preserved a balance that expresses the harmony between humans and the environment. The rice terraces represent a continuous ancient culture that has survived despite modernization. The rice terraces of the Ifugao have been built to follow the contours of the mountains. (Photo by John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Slide 3 of 42: Taipei City Skyline at sunset, Taiwan
  • Slide 4 of 42: Beautiful laser show at the marina bay waterfront in singapore
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  • Slide 6 of 42: Mount Fuji with cherry blossom at Lake kawaguchiko in japan
  • Slide 7 of 42: Amazing famous travel and landscape scene of ancient temples and carriages at sunset in Bagan, Myanmar. Top of the best destination of asia.
  • Slide 8 of 42: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 01, 2014: Petronas Towers. Petronas Towers, also known as Menara Petronas is the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004.
  • Slide 9 of 42: Peak of Mount Everest Above Clouds in Tibet.
  • Slide 10 of 42: Mousque of Al-aqsa (Dome of the Rock) in Old Town - Jerusalem, Israel
  • Slide 11 of 42: Al Khazneh - the treasury, ancient city of Petra, Jordan
  • Slide 12 of 42: Tour boat paddling into the entrance of the Underground River Cave Tour in Sabang, Puerto Princesa - Palawan
  • Slide 13 of 42: Forbidden city in Beijing viewed from Jinshan Park
  • Slide 14 of 42: PARO, BHUTAN - AUGUST 11, 2014: Paro Taktsang Monastery is the most famous buddhist temple of Bhutan which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the upper side of Paro valley, Bhutan.
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  • Slide 16 of 42: Halong Bay, Vietnam. Unesco World Heritage Site. Most popular place in Vietnam.
  • Slide 17 of 42: Bio luminescence. Illumination of plankton at Maldives. Many bright particles at the beach.
  • Slide 18 of 42: Angkor Wat seen across the lake
  • Slide 19 of 42: Amber Fort illuminated by warm light of the rising sun and reflected in the lake. Famous Rajasthan landmark located nearby Jaipur city in north-western India.
  • Slide 20 of 42: Panjin red beach, Liaoning, China
  • Slide 21 of 42: Goreme fairy chimneys
  • Slide 22 of 42: Transparent ice on Lake Baikal near Ogoy island. Siberia, Russia
  • Slide 23 of 42: Dubai, United Arab Emirates - January 08, 2012: View of Burj Al Arab hotel from the Jumeirah beach. Burj Al Arab is one of the Dubai landmark, and one of the world's most luxurious hotels with 7 stars.
  • Slide 24 of 42: Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji Temple with red maple leaf in autumn season in Kyoto Japan
  • Slide 25 of 42: Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) lay on a remote beach on Rinca Island in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This dangerous reptile is the world's largest lizard.
  • Slide 26 of 42: Batu Caves statue and entrance near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Slide 27 of 42: Travel Hong Kong island Tian Tan Buddha
  • Slide 28 of 42: Patuxai Gate in the Thannon Lanxing area of Vientiane,Laos
  • Slide 29 of 42: The Chinese archways are located on Liberty Square (as written on the arches). Famous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall viewable in the middle of the arches. Liberty Square, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Slide 30 of 42: Great wall under sunshine during sunset
  • Slide 31 of 42: Buddha statue in Borobudur Temple, Java island, Indonesia.
  • Slide 32 of 42: Limestone pinnacles at gunung mulu national park
  • Slide 33 of 42: Gyeongbokgung Palace at night in seoul,Korea.
  • Slide 34 of 42: Night view of Dubai Downtown with Burj Khalifa
  • Slide 35 of 42: Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Slide 36 of 42: Tokyo, Japan cityscape with the Skytree.
  • Slide 37 of 42: The Potala Palace in Morning Sunlight
  • Slide 38 of 42: Stupa At Choeung Ek
  • Slide 39 of 42: Famous Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India, located in Delhi, India, UNESCO world heritage cite - architecture background.
  • Slide 40 of 42: ZHANGYE, CHINA - October 2016: Zhangye colourful montains
  • Slide 41 of 42: Esfahan square
  • Slide 42 of 42: Kaindy Lake in Kazakhstan known also as Birch Tree Lake or Underwater forest.
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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Three waterfront gardens comprise the landmark with Bay South being the largest and most well-known for its iconic Supertrees that are actually 16-storey vertical gardens.

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Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue, Philippines

The 2,000-year-old terraces were probably hand-carved into the mountains of Ifugao and soar to around 1500m above sea level.

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Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

The 1,667-feet-tall (508 meters) Taiwanese landmark held the title of the world's tallest building when it opened in 2004. It also houses one of the world's fastest elevators.

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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The iconic resort, housed within three 55-storey towers, and its picture perfect infinity pool have become symbols of the country. The nearby lotus-inspired building houses the ArtScience Museum, that hosts excellent exhibitions.

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Capturing Shah Jahan's love for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the eternal symbol of love took more than 20 years to be completed.

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Mount Fuji, Japan

Japan's tallest peak, at 13,388 feet (3,776 meters), is actually a perfectly shaped active volcano that is surrounded by lake resorts. 

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Bagan, Myanmar

The ancient temple town's beauty and stature rivals the likes of Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu - and it's also equally well preserved.

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Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 88-storey towers are the world's tallest twin structures. The Islamic-inspired building was also the world's tallest at 1,483 feet (452 meters) until it was topped by then-tallest Taipei 101 in 2004.

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Mount Everest

Lying on the border between Nepal and China, Earth's tallest mountain peak at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) is a sight to behold!

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Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel

Located on Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, the 7th-century shrine is believed to be the place from where Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and Abraham attempted to sacrifice his son.

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Petra, Jordan

Carved into the sandstone cliffs of Wadi Musa, the prehistoric city used to be the capital of the Nabatean empire between 400 B.C. and 106 A.D.

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Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Situated in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, the world's longest underground river – 8.2 kilometers of navigable waters – is one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

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Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Completed in 1420, the UNESCO-listed site is also the world's largest palace complex. Its walls covered an area big enough to fit 50 Buckingham Palaces.

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Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

Clinging to the sides of a sheer cliff, the monastery is believed to be the site where Guru Rinpoche, also known as the Second Buddha, meditated in the 7th century A.D.

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Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Laos

The mysterious stone jars are around 2,500-years-old and spread over a wide expanse in the mountains and are huge – up to 9.8 feet (3 meters) in length.

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The New7Wonders of Nature in the Gulf of Tonkin comprises over 1,600 islands and islets surrounded by limestone pillars.

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Vaadhoo, Maldives

The tiny island is famous for its glow-in-the-dark beach due to luminescent phytoplankton.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The largest religious monument in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in the first half of the 12th century in almost 30 years.

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Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Also called Amber Fort, the sprawling sandstone complex was built in the 16th century on a natural ridge.

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Red Beach, Panjin, China

The north-eastern Chinese beach turns fiery red every autumn due to a red reed that can only grow in saline soil. The otherworldly landscape is also home to the endangered red-crowned crane.

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Göreme, Turkey

Located in Asian Turkey, the fairy chimneys and rock-cut sanctuaries from the 4th century, make this place a must-visit.

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Lake Baikal, Russia

The 25-million-year-old lake is the world's oldest, deepest – at more than 5,300 feet (1,637 meters) deep – and largest freshwater lake.

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Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE

The 1053 feet (321 meters) sail-shaped hotel became a symbol of the Dubai skyline and a feat of modern architecture on its completion in 1999.

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Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan

The Zen temple was built at the end of the 14th century and its top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It is also one of Japan's most recognized buildings.

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Komodo, Indonesia

Home of the Komodo National Park, the island is the habitat of the world's largest lizards – the Komodo dragon.

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Batu Caves, Gombak, Malaysia

The complex of gigantic limestone caves was discovered in 1878 by American William Hornaday. The country's holiest Hindu site, it houses temples and idols of deities.

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Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Informally called the "Big Buddha," the majestic bronze statue is located in the remote Po Lin Monastery and took 12 years to build.

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Patuxai, Vientiane, Laos

Dedicated to those who died fighting the French during Laos' freedom struggle, the large arch was built between 1957-68 and is rife with Buddhist symbolism.

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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

Located in Liberty Square, the hall is a historical landmark for the country, built in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of People’s Republic of China who ruled from Taiwan after communist forces ousted him in 1949.

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Great Wall of China, China

Running more than 13,000 miles (21,196 km), the wall consists of fortifications and walls running parallel to each other. It was built in spurts from 770 B.C. to 1644 A.D. by various dynasties.

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Borobudur, Magelang, Indonesia

Overlooking paddy fields, the temple is over 1,200 years old and the world's biggest Buddhist monument.

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Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

The limestone pinnacles accompany the myriad caves and extensive flora and fauna, making this park in Borneo a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea

Completed in 1395, it was the first royal palace built by the Joseon dynasty in their new capital. 

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Dominating the Dubai skyline since 2010, the world's tallest building at over 2,716 feet (828 meters) also has the world's largest number of floors – 106 storeys.

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Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand

Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it is the city's best-known tourist attraction and the country's most sacred temple. The compound also includes the Grand Palace  – the former residence of the monarch.

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Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

The world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, the Skytree is 2,080 feet (634 meter) tall. It opened in 2012 and also has one of the highest observation decks in the world.

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Potala Palace, Lhasa, China

The winter home of the Dalai Lama and a symbol of Tibet since the 7th century, the palace is a masterpiece of Tibetan art.

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Choeung Ek Killing Field, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Around 14,000 men, women and children became victims of genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge between 1975-79 at Choeung Ek. The site features mass graves, a museum and a Memorial Stupa.

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Qutub Minar, New Delhi, India

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the red sandstone tower was built in the early 13th century. The 238-foot (72.5 meters) tower is the tallest minaret in India.

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Danxia landform, Zhangye, China

The rainbow mountains of the Zhangye Danxia National Geopark are a result of erosion of the red sandstone to reveal the layers of minerals and rocks below.

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Meidan Emam, Isfahan, Iran

Also called the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, it's one of the world's largest city squares. Laid out in the early 17th century, it's hemmed in by the Masjed-e Shah, the Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah, Kakh-e Ali Qapu and the Qeysarieh Portal.

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Underwater Forest, Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

The sunken forest in the Tian Shan Mountains was formed after an enormous limestone landslide in 1911, caused by an earthquake, formed a natural dam and the area was flooded overtime with rainwater. 

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