September 30, 2015 12:15
Korea's Changdeok Palace, the demilitarized zone and the N Seoul Tower have made it among the world's top 500 places chosen by Lonely Planet, the world's largest travel guide.
Lonely Planet rated the sights based on evaluations by its own guidebook writers and reader preferences. They were included in the Ultimate Travelist 2015, which can be ordered online.
The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia topped the wholly predictable list. Next came the Great Barrier Reef of Australia; Machu Picchu in Peru; the Great Wall of China; and India's Taj Mahal.
Changdeok Palace came 194th. The palace, built on feng shui principles, was a gateway to the refined world of the 14th century. Lonely Planet said it is surprising that it has survived in downtown Seoul.
The DMZ ranked 195th, and the N Seoul Tower on Mt. Nam 342nd because of its panoramic view of Seoul.
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet also recommended Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang in 414th place, where statues of regime founder Kim Il-sung and his son Jong-il stand.
A total of 127 countries had more than one sight on the list.
The U.K. topped the list with 34 places, followed by the U.S. (30). Japan (14) outranked leading tourist destinations like India (10), Turkey (nine), and Thailand (eight).
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