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Antilia: The Most Gratuitous House in Mumbai

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When you're in Bombay, a great way to get some context is start in the alleyways of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world. About a million people live here, crammed into 0.67 square miles. "It's like mainlining gratitude for how much we have to be thankful for," said my old pal Chris. I couldn't ...

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Happy New Year from Burma

What a wonderful way to bring in 2013...

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Hartleyhenge, North Carolina’s Strange Stonehenge

We found this strange spiral of stones in the middle of a North Carolina field. "Welcome to Hartleyhenge," said Scotty. "I'm not even sure if Hartleyhenge is the real name," he admitted, "but that's what we call it around here." There's no sign, and no information. A friend of Scotty's, John Hartley, built it ...

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Starbucks: The Newest Chinese Snooze Spot

Curled up, cuddled up, under a coat -- that's the right way to sleep at the Gongti Beilu Starbucks. These aren't homeless winos, but students, fashionistas, men in suits. And these aren't all naps. One woman, below, slept for four hours. People sat down, got janked up, left, and she kept ...

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Canine Defectors, Bollywood Muppets, Stewed Koala, and other sweet links

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen these, but... In North Korean news, the country's first dog has officially defected. Guess it's really bad out there. Starving factory employees are asking their wealthy South Korea bosses, "Can you give us cash instead of these choco pies... please!?!" (Or at least ...

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Why I Love Seoul’s Subway So Darn Much

1. Unexpected Unused Gazebos 2. Miniature Misplaced Gardens 3. Quite Strange Schedule Posters 4. Caves. Deep Wonderful Caves. 5. And then, most of all, this. Oh, sweet sweet Seoul...

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Our Six Best China Stories!

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Happy 61st 62nd birthday, China! (And happy 39th birthday, me!) In honor of this grand celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China, today we decided to sift through the AsiaObscura archives, and return to our wildest, most popular China stories of 2011! And so, in order of pageviews.... 6. The Sick Collector ...

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One Politician You Can Count On

We haven't set foot in Bangkok in far too long. Months. But fortunately, AsiaObscura eyes are growing more populous, and reader Matt Smith wrote in with this great pair of electoral campaign posters. What a smile! What a dog! (Pity about that shit kid he had to deal with.) You can surely find ...

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Man on Bike and Chicken on Beer

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A Bug and a Flower

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Happy 99th Birthday, Kim Il-sung!

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Okay, I know he's been dead for a long time -- 17 years -- but since he's still the official (eternal!) president of North Korea. And he'd be 100 99 today!  So here are a handful of cute dear great pictures of the "Great Leader" (수령) from our last trip to the DPRK.

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Little Thai MonkeyRatPig Thing

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Does anyone have any idea what this is?  It was sitting in a cage outside some Bangkok restaurant (to be eaten? or just as an oddity?)  It's not a gerbil, not a guinea pig...  So what is it?  Kinda cute, in an ugly way....

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My doctor’s incredible office design…

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I'm not sure what's more disturbing: this doctor's office interior decor sensibility, or the fact that I still let her dig around in my ear canal.  (The camera is pretty exactly vertical.)

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North Korea frightening customs declarations form

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I still can't get over this incredible customs document we had to fill out to enter North Korea the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  Already, our nerves were on edge...  the ancient plane was filled with smoke, we'd heard references to "American imperialist bastards," and we were about to land in North Korea.  But... no ...

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Just hanging around

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The Chinese know how to lounge. You can often see them hanging about, as documented in www.sleepingchinese.com.  Their things are also pretty good at hanging around...          

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Tianjin’s Amazing Road Signs

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Driving in China is pure madness, so good street signs are really important. Tianjin clearly has that problem solved.  Sof shot these awesome puppies when we were down there last weekend.  (Translations unnecessary for most of them.) 系安全带  保平安行  Fasten seat belt    Preserve safe travel 醉在酒中  毁在杯中   Drunk on wine   Destroyed in the cup (???)   疲劳驾驶  危及生命    Weary driving    ...

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Fighting Cocks

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I found this sign on a roadside outside Old Sukhothai, the ancient former capital of Thailand. But I never found the venue. I gave up after half an hour of cycling the same stretch, over and over and over again.

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