Compiled by Abby Yao
1. Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia
The seaside town of Brighton is best known for its iconic boxes, which sport a Victorian design. More than 80 of them are aligned along the beach, each one valued at over AUD200,000 in today’s market, even without water or electricity, and under strict rules for ownership and maintenance.
2. Serthar, Sichuan, China
Founded in 1980, the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute stands 4,100 metres above sea level in a once uninhabited valley in the remote county of Serthar. Today it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world, with 40,000 monks, nuns and students training within its walls and living in wooden houses built around the institute, sharing communal facilities.
3. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
There are different explanations for why the Blue City is blue, ranging from the paint being the colour of the Brahmin caste to termite protection to lowering temperatures in the interior. Regardless, the view of Jodhpur from the Mehrangarh Fort is quite a sight, as many houses still use lime and indigo for their walls.
4. Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan, South Korea
Once a slum and the centre of the Taegukdo religious movement after the Korean War, the village transformed into a community for creative crafts, complete with workshops and cafes in 2009. Kitschy, artsy and playful wooden fish will guide you up steep and narrow alleys leading up to a lookout point. It is often referred to as Korea’s Santorini or Lego Village.
5. Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan
The Military Dependents’ Village earned its rainbow nickname when veteran and self-taught artist Grandpa Huang painted the bungalows in vibrant colours, effectively saving the village from being torn down as it became a tourist attraction. The murals depict a wide variety of subjects, including celebrities, patterns and animals.