Jakarta Built A Surburban Village On Top Of A City Mall


Cosmo Park, which sits on top of a shopping mall. Photograph: Shahrir Bahar

Depending who you ask, Cosmo Park is an ingenious urban oasis or an ill-conceived dystopia.

It is a surreal urban bubble, where normal life unfolds at an abnormal altitude. To access ground level, resident drive their cars down a ramp. A tall metal fence runs around the perimeter to make sure no one falls or drives off. Peer beyond the fence and you can spot the city’s landmarks below. Continue reading »

Alberobello: The Italian Fairytale-Like Village In Beautiful Pictures By Tania Depascalis And Tiago Marques

Alberobello is a town in Italy’s Apulia region. It’s known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. The hilltop Rione Monti district has hundreds of them. The 18th-century Trullo Sovrano is a 2-level trulli. Furniture and tools at the Museo del Territorio Casa Pezzolla re-create life in the trulli as it was centuries ago. Southwest of town is the Casa Rossa, a WWII internment camp. Continue reading »

An Aerial Tour Of An Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village By Joe Nafis

Abandoned in the 1990s, Houtouwan is a small fishing village on the eastern most Chinese island of Shengshan. Due to large trawlers from nearby Shanghai, the fishing supply was depleted and forced the residents to find work elsewhere. Now this ghost village only sees tourists and a few locals selling essentials for the day trippers. Continue reading »

Paris’ Utopian Village Of Concrete Cabbage

This hypnotic, vegetable utopia might look like it rolled out of a Stanley Kubrick film set, but it was in fact the dream project of French architect Gérard Grandval. Continue reading »

Russian Man Sets Whole Village Ablaze To Make A Photoshoot Illustrate Neglect About Villages

Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko set an abandoned village on fire to illustrate neglect, now his peers want to prosecute him. Apparently village was quite beautiful some 100 years ago. Continue reading »

Chinese Village Turns Artsy With Murals

How do you turn an unassuming village into a tourist site? By giving it a fresh coat of paint, just like what this village in the city of Huizhou in south China’s Guangdong Province did. Continue reading »

This Small Village In Indonesia Is Literally Made Out Of Rainbows


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Kampung Pelangi, which literally translates to Rainbow Village, has to be one of the most colourful villages in the world, let alone in Indonesia. The village, which is home to 232 houses, is splashed in a series of bright colours and decorated with murals. Kampung Pelangi was recently given a government-funded makeover in a bid to make it more tourist-friendly — and it looks like it’s working. Continue reading »

In An Old Village In Southern Bavaria, A Unique Ancient Pagan Tradition Is Still Alive

In Oberstdorf [this is] the dance of the wild men (Wilde-Mändle-Tanz), which is held only in this small town, once in five years. Wilde-Mändle-Tanz is dedicated to the Germanic god Thor, and involves 13 men, all of whom belong to old local families who have been living in that region for centuries. The men’s costumes are made of moss, which grows only in the Allgäu Alps. Continue reading »

Fox Village In Japan Is Probably The Cutest Place On Earth


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This magical oasis of foxiness is called Zao Fox Village, and it’s located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture. For 100 yen (or about 85 US cents), visitors are provided with food, but because the foxes are not domesticated, they are cautioned against hand-feeding them or bringing small children. Continue reading »

Little Polish Village Where Every House Is Covered In Colorful Flower Paintings


House of Painters in Zalipie

Once upon a time, in a small Polish village called Zalipie, somebody painted a flower on their ceiling in order to cover up a soot mark caused by the stove. Ventilation was poor back then, and soot stains were a common sight in most if not all of the houses, and so other people started concealing the marks with their own little flowers until every house was covered in them. Continue reading »

800 Human Sculptures Found In This Creepy Japanese Village

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Japanese photographer Ken Ohki who goes by the name Yukison was traveling in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, when he stumbled upon one of the creepiest arrays of human-like sculptures scattered around the village of Fureai Sekibutsu no Sato (The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues). Continue reading »

Rural Daily Life In A Small Tuscany Village Beautifully Photographed By Marco Sgarbi

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“I was born in Italy in 1967 and for the last 20 years, I’ve been spending my life between Italy and France. With this international culture, and after travelling around the world my photographs, like me, seek to capture a moment, an emotion while combining the rigor of this art. I am in particular interested on travel and wedding photography, I use mostly digital reflex cameras but I always bring with me one of my medium format cameras such as Hasselblad and Mamiya.” Continue reading »

Gigantic Straw Dinosaurs Take Over Chinese Village

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Folk artists in village of Southeastern China’s Jiangxi create two huge dinosaurs with a ton of straw for local children. Continue reading »

Chinese Village Is Home To 39 Sets Of Twins

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They must put something special in the water in Qingyang village in the Jiangjin district of Chongqing. The village only has 367 households but somehow has 39 pairs of twins. Continue reading »

Children From A Remote Village In China Have To Take A Dangerous Path To Get To School

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These children from Atule’er village in China put their lives in danger every day when they are going to school. To get there, they have to climb up the side of a mountain on a vertical ladder that is unsafely attached to the steep cliff. Continue reading »