We all know about the Seven Wonders of the World. Well, the original seven wonders have disappeared except for one (Great Pyramids), leading world leaders to try and find seven wonders of the world that exist right now. However, it's not just the very old monuments or the ruins of an ancient civilization that are wondrous. In actuality, there are places all around us that can be considered wonders of the world, and a lot of them haven't actually been around for very long.
Without any further ado, here are fifteen places that are world wonders in their own right. You may have heard of some of these locations before, while some of them may have been entirely unknown to you. Either way, when you plan your next trip, make sure you take time to see any of these fifteen places. I can promise you that you won't regret it.
15 The Temple of Rats - India
The Temple of Rats is also known as the Karni Mata Temple, and it's a really interesting place. Legend has it that the son of Karni Mata, Laxman, drowned in a pond while trying to drink from it, and his mother tried to revive him by imprisoning the god of death. Not only did Death relent, he made it so Laxman and all of Karni Mata's sons would eventually be reincarnated as rats. After that, the story varies, but according to the aforementioned version, Karni Mata spared the lives of 20,000 deserting soldiers by turning them into rats, who get to live at the temple, and the soldiers themselves are loyal to her. The rats themselves are held in high esteem, too: it's considered an honor to eat the food that the rats have eaten, and if one of the rats dies, they're replaced with a solid silver rat statue. There are also a few white rats that live there that are considered the reincarnations of Karni Mata and her sons, so they're super special holy rats.
14 The Island Of The Dolls - Mexico
13 The Mindfield - Tennessee, US
12 Carhenge - Nebraska, US
11 The World of Harry Potter - Florida, US
10 Underwater Restaurant - Maldives
9 Pokemon Center - Japan
8 The Rumah Terbalik Upside Down House - East Malaysia
7 Magic Forest - New York, US
6 Market Theater Gum Wall - Washington, US
The Market Theater Gum Wall is basically exactly what its name says it is: it's a big wall covered in gum. The wall itself is in Seattle, at the titular Market Theater, and the tradition of sticking gum to the wall started back in 1993. Theater workers there tried cleaning the wall off twice, but when the wall was dedicated as an official tourist attraction, they finally gave up. In 2009, it was named among the germiest of tourist attractions, second only to the Blarney Stone, which makes a lot of sense.
5 Electric Ladyland - Amsterdam
4 Hobbiton Village - New Zealand
3 The Gnome Reserve - England
The Gnome Reserve is a strange, but cool place. Not only is it basically a cute living space for a lot of garden gnomes, it's a place that really goes out of its way to make sure its visitors have the chance to blend in with the gnomes. It all sounds kind of weird, but there's something really charming about the whole thing. The reserve was established back in 1979 by an art student who still owns the place now. In her own words:
".. while painting birds in landscapes I came to what was like a T Junction in my painting development. I did not know whether to turn left or right as different elements of what I liked in painting appeared irreconcilably in opposite directions. It was very disturbing! Until – one day – a gnome appeared in my mind and seemed to say: ‘Don’t go left; don’t go right; you must dig / build your own road straight across.’..
2 Rock Climbing Waterfall - France
This rock climbing waterfall park in France went viral on Facebook not too long ago, so there's a good chance you might have seen this video before.
1 Giant Water Organ - Croatia
The giant water organ in Croatia also went viral, on both YouTube and Facebook, and it's the very embodiment of a world wonder. It was opened to the public in 2005, in Zadar, Croatia, as an attempt to liven up the city's coastline after the second world war had reduced the area to a plain concrete wall. In 2006, the sea organ won the prize ex-aequo of the fourth edition of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, which is a very long name for a very cool award.
Since the sea itself powers this organ, the notes it plays are completely random, but amazingly, the notes being played by the organ are completely harmonious and beautiful enough to attract locals and tourists alike.
If you think there's a place that belongs on this list as a modern wonder of the world, let us know!
Sources: youtube.com, dailymotion.com, kotaku.com, tnvacation.com
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