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The Asian City That Never Sleeps

With so much to do and see, you’ll be glad the South Korean capital is bustling 24 hours a day. Start with a history lesson at Gyeongbokgung and other ancient palaces, check out great views of the metropolis from the N Seoul Tower and take a shopping spree on Insa-dong Street. Then, pick up the chopsticks and dig in!

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Burlingame Pez Museum
Burlingame Pez Museum

Burlingame Pez Museum

Among the collection of vintage Pez dispensers, the world's largest Pez-dispensing machine resides at the Burlingame Pez Museum. The San Francisco Bay area museum also has an online store offering Pez dispensers of all kinds for candy enthusiasts to begin their own collection at home. 960 1280

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Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Dedicated to documenting the culinary history of the American South, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans showcases exhibits on Louisiana’s multilayered cuisine, the importance of sugarcane in the South's growth and the art of barbecue, among others. 960 1280

Werner Krug  

The International UFO Museum and Research Center

The International UFO Museum and Research Center

The International UFO Museum and Research Center is located in -- where else? -- Roswell, NM. With an extensive research library open to anyone looking to learn all they can about UFOs, the museum’s mission is to educate the public on UFOs. 960 1280

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Museum of Sex

Museum of Sex

The Museum of Sex, or MoSex, is definitely Fifth Avenue’s most … innovative establishment. Opened in New York City in 2002, the museum has drawn visitors from all over the world seeking an open discourse on sexuality -- and the museum's collection of sex-related art, photography, costumes, inventions and historical artifacts does not disappoint. 960 1280

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Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum in Japan is sure to inspire nostalgia for your good ole college days. With exhibits on ramen history and a replica of a section of Toyko in 1958 -- the year instant noodles were invented -- the museum makes it difficult to leave without craving the noodle dish. Thank goodness there's a ramen food court at the museum, too. 960 1280

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Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, prides itself on collecting and preserving art that’s "too bad to be ignored." Art is subjective, you say? A visit to one of the museum's 3 Boston-area galleries should change your mind. 960 1280

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Giant Shoe Museum

Giant Shoe Museum

Seattle's Giant Shoe Museum started out as a place to display one man's collection of novelty shoes. But when the museum acquired the world's tallest man's shoe, it became what it is today -- a photo op for tourists wondering just how tall the world's tallest man was. 960 1280

Joey deVilla, flickr  

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Dedicated to educating the public on the history of toilets and helping toilet manufacturers improve their skills by showing them the mistakes of the past, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is on a sanitation crusade. Don’t worry if you can't make it to New Delhi to visit this unique repository of toilets -- the entire museum is online. 960 1280

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The Collection of Questionable Medical Devices

The Collection of Questionable Medical Devices

The Science Museum of Minnesota's collection of Questionable Medical Devices includes a Psychograph. Invented by a Wisconsin man named Henry Lavery in the 1930s, the Psychograph was designed to read the bumps on a patient's head, measuring the strength of their personality traits. The Psychograph would generate a report, ranking the patient's talents and personality characteristics, based on the size and shape of their skull. 960 1280

Science Museum of Minnesota  

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum

Dedicated not only to fans, but also to fan-making, the Fan Museum in London is one-of-a-kind place located within the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. The museum features a collection of more than 3,500 fans dating back to the 11th century, as well as an orangery, or an 18th-century greenhouse, where afternoon tea is served each Tuesday and Sunday. 960 1280

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National Mustard Museum

National Mustard Museum

Middleton, WI, is the proud home of the National Mustard Museum, free to the public and filled with more than 5,400 kinds of everyone's second favorite condiment: mustard. Every Aug. 4, also known as National Mustard Day, the streets of downtown Middleton come alive with free hot dogs, mustard custard and condiment mascots. 960 1280

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Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

An entire museum is devoted to the "devil's rope" in the barbed wire capital of the world: La Crosse, KS. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum celebrates the invention that tamed the West, according to the museum’s founders. Displays demonstrate barbed wire's significance during warfare and in keeping cattle and bison from roaming freely. 960 1280

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum  

Chicken Art Museum

Chicken Art Museum

Chickens are an important symbol in Korean culture -- they're thought to act as messengers between heaven and earth, exorcise evil spirits and bring prosperity. So it comes as no surprise that there’s a museum in Seoul, South Korea, devoted to chicken-inspired art. The Chicken Art Museum features chicken sculptures and paintings from cultures worldwide. 960 1280

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Camel Cup Australia
Camel Cup Australia

Camel Cup Australia

What started as a bet in 1970 between 2 friends has turned into a popular event unique to Australia. The Camel Cup is now an annual celebration held in Alice Springs with belly dancers, music, camel rides and, of course, camel races. 960 1280

Peter Carroll  

Monkey Buffet Festival

Monkey Buffet Festival

The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in an effort to grow tourism in Thailand. The festival includes giving fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population in the Lopburi province north of Bangkok. 960 1280

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Pirate Festival

Pirate Festival

One of Louisiana’s largest festivals, Contraband Days is also the oldest festival held in the city of Lake Charles. With close to 100 pirate-themed events, the festival lasts 12 days. 960 1280

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Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival held in Boryeong, a town south of Seoul, South Korea to promote the medicinal and cosmetic qualities of town’s mud. The 2-week festival includes a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison, mud-skiing competitions and a market that sells cosmetics made from the mud. 960 1280

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Matchmaking Festival

Matchmaking Festival

The famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws over 20,000 people looking for love to the busy pubs of Ireland for the whole month of September. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll run into Willie Daly, Ireland's most famous matchmaker. 960 1280

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Battle of the Oranges

Battle of the Oranges

The largest food fight in Italy, the Battle of the Oranges is held in the northern city of Ivrea. The origin of the orange-throwing tradition is unknown, especially since oranges don’t grow in the foothills of the Italian Alps and must be imported from Sicily. 960 1280

Gio S.p.o.t.s, flickr  

Haro Wine Festival

Haro Wine Festival

Haro Wine Festival is held every summer in the town of Haro in northern Spain. After mass for patron saint San Pedro, the Batalla de Vino, or Battle of Wine, breaks out and wine is tossed from buckets until everyone is soaked and colored pink. 960 1280

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El Colacho

El Colacho

El Colacho, or the Baby Jumping Festival, dates back to 1620 and is held annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos, Spain. Men dressed as the devil jump over babies to cleanse them of original sin. 960 1280

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Oaxaca Radish Festival

Oaxaca Radish Festival

Radishes are sculpted into everything from animals to saints at Oaxaca's annual Radish Festival. The festival is filled with music, traditional dancing and lots of food, including deep-fried doughnuts drenched in syrup. According to tradition, after eating, throw your plate over your shoulder and the number of pieces it breaks into dictates your fortune for the next year. 960 1280

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Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill

Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill

In England’s annual Cheese Rolling, a round of Double Gloucester cheese is let loose from the top of Cooper’s Hill and competitors race down the hill chasing it. Following the 200-year-old tradition, the first person to reach the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. 960 1280

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Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

The Running of the Bulls happens every year through the narrow streets of Pamplona during the festival of San Fermin. Hundreds of people run in front of 6 bulls and another 6 steers down a half-mile stretch, culminating in an afternoon bullfight. 960 1280

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Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival during which the sprinkling of water was intended to metaphorically wash away one's sins of the previous year. The festival has grown into an annual water fight with revelers using garden hoses, water pistols and water balloons to douse other participants. 960 1280

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UFO Festival Roswell

UFO Festival Roswell

UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike flock to Roswell, NM, to celebrate one of the most debated incidents in history. The 3-day event includes a costume contest, a pet costume contest and an alien parade. 960 1280

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