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Gods, Easels, and Graffiti: Asias 10 Best Art Villages

Discover Asia's most fascinating artist communities.

Walls are splashed with intricate graffiti, streets are lined with sculptures, back alleys brim with creative studios, and artists seem to be at work in every nook and around each corner. All across the continent, particular neighborhoods have become hubs for artists. Some of these communities have a history stretching back more than 500 years, while others have formed recently. From the Kolkata community that crafts Hindu gods to Seoul’s revitalized art village, Hanoi’s town of wooden idol craftsmen, and Bangkok’s canal of painters–here are 10 of Asia’s most interesting art enclaves.

15 of the United Kingdoms Most Epic Castles

These relics of a bygone age are just as awe-inspiring today as they were centuries ago.

While the age of kings, queens, and knights in shining armor is now largely confined to the realms of fantasy novels and elaborate TV shows, the soaring castles of that distant past are still very much with us. And while the medieval fortresses dotted around the landscape of the U.K. are no longer used for beating off hordes of invading marauders from land and sea, they do function as an epic window into a time when the land really was a Kingdom. Here are 15 of the best examples still with us.

10 Magical Fairy-Tale Towns in a Country Otherwise Known for Being Spooky

While Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel “Dracula” may have painted Romania, or, more specifically, Transylvania, as a dark and scary place, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Eastern European country is brimming with picturesque small towns, complete with grand town squares, riotously colorful buildings, myriad castles and fortresses, and rich forests, making it nothing short of a fairy tale. Here are just 10 to fuel your Romanian daydream.