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As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. This sometimes holds true for tourist attractions too
Who says sightseeing always requires a ticket, an entry charge, or even a tour guide? Money saved on entry charges can easily buy you a meal in a restaurant, or go to more shopping indulgence!
Here are just a few of the many great attractions around the world that you can go to on your own for free. Why not put these in your next travel itinerary?
Red Square, Moscow
In the historic capital of Russia, The Red Square separates the Kremlin from the residential estate of the President, known as Kitai-Gorod. Most of the roads that lead to the highways originate from the Red Square.
The Kremlin and the Red Square were recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1990. The spectacular and famous St Basil’s Cathedral is also located here. Do go prepared for the cold.
The Pantheon, Rome
Built by Consul and General Marcus Agrippa during Caesar Augustus’ reign, this historic monument was rebuilt in 126 AD by Emperor Hadrian, and has since been in continuous use throughout history. Quite an amazing length of time!
In the 7th Century, the Pantheon, which was a temple to all Roman gods [hence its name], had been converted into a church. Today, it is known as the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to St Mary and the Martyrs.
Few know that the tombs of two Italian kings are here, as well as that of the Renaissance painter Raphael. The massive dome of the Pantheon is also the largest unreinforced dome in the world.
Mount Fuji, Honshu Island
The highest mountain in Japan, the famous Mount Fuji, stands at 3,776.24m. The mountain has inspired many artists and poets over the centuries.
Mount Fuji is also a pilgrimage site, being regarded as one of the three holiest mountains in Japan. It is also popular with hikers from July to August.
Visit Mount Fuji for breath-taking scenery that is like nowhere else. Bring a good camera so you don’t waste the photo opportunities.
The Louvre, Paris
Majestic Renaissance paintings, the iconic Mona Lisa and countless other treasures rest in the Musee du Louvre, in Paris. There are various impressive collections from across different ages.
The Louvre museum has free entry every first Sunday of each month. Also, on Fridays, from 6pm to 9.45pm, admission to the permanent collection is free for youths under the age of 26, regardless of nationality. Visitors under 18 years old enter free at any time with the appropriate identification.
Check the official museum website or e-mail them for further details.
798 Arts District, Beijing
Beijing is known as the capital of China and of Communism, but there are more modern, avant garde attractions to be discovered.
This distinctly Bauhaus style building is in an arts precinct that brings together designers, software engineers and architects as well as art galleries. Exhibits include the works of the provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Check out these free and great tourist attractions the next time you travel. Best of all, they won’t eat into your pocket!
Unhyeongung, or Unhyeon Palace, is a former Korean royal residence of Prince Regent Daewon-gun, ruler of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th Century. He was also the father of King Gojong.
The royal wedding ceremony of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong also took place here.
If you love Korean period dramas, you’re sure to love Unhyeonggung. Either way, its architecture and decorations are stunning and will leave you in awe.
Don’t forget to include these free and great sites in your travel itinerary!
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