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Made completely out of glass, Jeju Glass Castle is both an indoor and outdoor attraction with a variety of glasswork.

Here’s 5 unique places to visit in East Asia

When one thinks of East Asia, they may automatically think of countries like China, Japan and South Korea. Those three places are typically at the top of one’s destinations to visit when traveling out East, but the spots and sights may become too mainstream or boring. With five countries encompassing East Asia, each country has something new and original to offer for anyone that has or hasn’t been before. Here are five places to visit in East Asia you may not know of:

See the breathtaking nature of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan, China

A true sight to behold, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park cannot be compared to any nature sight in the United States. Deemed China's first national forest park, the scenery was actually used for background in Avatar (2009). The mountains have a pillar-like shape with dense foliage that’s about 3,550 feet tall, and there’s also a running glass elevator known as the “Bailong Elevator” or “Hundred Dragons Sky Lift” that’s about 1,100 feet tall.

Get spooky at Vampire Cafe in Tokyo, Japan

Something that Japan, and specifically Tokyo, is known for is its themed cafes. From maids to corgi dogs, these restaurants give dining out a new meaning and experience. At Vampire Cafe in Ginza, the decor can transport diners to a different century with red velvet wallpaper, thrones to sit and candle-lit coffins. Waiters are dressed in tuxedos and waitresses in French-maid costumes to add to the indulgent experience.

Experience the artistry of Jeju Glass Castle in Jeju, South Korea

Made completely out of glass, Jeju Glass Castle is both an indoor and outdoor attraction with a variety of glasswork. Labeled as a theme park, the displays and venue could be more comparable to that of a museum. The castle includes mirror lakes with flash, glass waterfalls and glass flower beds that complete the delicate artistry. It is sure to give a magical and whimsical feeling to your time there.

Take a risk at Mangyongdae Funfair in Pyongyang, North Korea

If you get the chance to travel to North Korea, visit Mangyongdae Funfair. With a seemingly abandoned look, the amusement park is actually still up and running with roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and ferris wheels. Even with rusted rides and sparse crowds, local farmers are known to test the rides regularly, and foriegn tourists have allegedly been able to visit the funfair.

Thrill seek in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia

The Gobi Desert is a brushland region that spans from northern China to southern Mongolia. Known for its dunes, mountains and rare animals, it's a destination you don’t want to miss. To get to the area, one can take a flight from Dalanzadgad Airport, which is about an hour and a half, or drive from the capital, Ulaanbaatar, which is about a seven to eight hour ride. Once there, there’s chances to take a jeep tour, stay in yurts or even ride a camel.


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