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Charging Bull, New York

After the 1987 stock market crash artist Di Modica created the Charging Bull sculpture as a symbol of the strength and power of the American people. The sculpture was first placed on Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was impounded by the police but after a public outcry the statue was replaced, this time in its permanent place in the plaza at Bowling Green looking up Broadway.

The statue has become one of the city’s most photographed artworks and a very popular tourist attraction. During my visit it was crowded with people and the fenced in area guarded by two police officers. It has since become a tradition to touch the Bull’s, for lack of a better word, balls and the bronze in that area has become well polished.

The Charging Bull is featured in my post The Lost Landmarks.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is an agency of the United Nations with its purpose to contribute to peace and security by promoting science, culture and education.. UNESCO overseas many different projects but the one I want to concentrate on is their involvement in World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO assists in protecting World Heritage Sites, these are sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance. There are just over 1000 listed sites across 195 member states with Italy ranking the highest with 51 sites. These sites fall under the categories cultural, natural and mixed.

Recently the organisation has been criticised as recent events in Syria led to the destruction of ancient sites and there was little they could do to stop it. Its not only these factors that effect World Heritage Sites. Though the site is protected the area surrounding it is often over developed to accommodate the amount of tourists that UNESCO World Heritage Site label brings.

Does the UNESCO label effect your travel decisions? Is visiting a World Heritage Site important to you?

UNESCO Gallery

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Hanoi, Vietnam

Everyday thousands of people queue to visit the embalmed remains of former leader Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum in Hanoi was completed in 1975 after two years of construction and six years after Ho Chi Minh’s death. Even though in his will Ho Chi Minh stated that he wanted to be cremated he body was embalmed and displayed in the building which has since been placed in a list of the world’s ugliest buildings.

Ho Chi Minh left behind a legacy that didn’t necessarily represent his life. His image is featured on the Vietnamese bank notes, public buildings and many homes, shortly after his death the city of Saigon was changed to Ho Chi Minh City, and any critical opinions and publications of him are banned in Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh frequently being glorified.

After following an endless queue for more than a hour I entered the mausoleum. On every corner there was a guard and before I entered the room in which his body was displayed a guard removed hands from pockets, hats from heads and ensure absolute silence. I walked around the outside of the room with the glass coffin in the center of the room, after such a long time queuing I was only in front of the coffin for less than a minute. It was a very surreal experience.

Landmarks Around the World

Landmarks have always been a favourite of mine and they have featured heavily on my blog in the past. Over the next few weeks I will be posting about different landmarks around the world that I have visited in the form of a photograph, description or my experience, sometimes it may be all three. A landmark can be big or small, a monument or a statue that marks a place in history, to mountain or building that symbolises the man made or the natural world. The possibilities are endless.

Many of us have visited a landmark of some description during our travels and even featured them on our blogs. What I would like is for others to join me as I explore the different landmarks around the world. Whether it is a photograph, your experience or a description I would like to see them.

Leave a pingback or a link in the comments to one of my current posts on landmarks and I will feature a selection of the best in my next post.

Landmarks Around the World

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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