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14 of the Most Stunning Fountains in the World

Most public parks and gardens around the world feature eye-catching and awe-inspiring fountains. Many of such structures or monuments date back to the old days when they serve more practical purposes for the cities’ or towns’ residents. If you enjoy looking at beautiful fountains and watching the waters at play, here are some spectacular fountains in the world you may want to see.

Archibald Fountain
Archibald Fountain
Where: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Highlights: Created by by French sculptor Francois Sicard; features Apollo as a central figure and surrounded by Diana, Pan, and Theseus

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
Where: Seoul, South Korea
Highlights: World’s longest bridge fountain, features different displays of water jets and music at day and night; daytime shows depict willow branches and leaves while the nighttime displays a kaleidoscope of colors that create a rainbow effect

Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio Fountains
Where: Las Vegas, USA
Highlights: A mesmerizing display of water, music, and light; delights visitors with a dazzling show every 15 to 30 minutes

Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain
Where: Xian, China
Highlights: The Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain spans over 100,000 square meters and is touted to be the biggest in Asia; equipped with advanced audio and lighting systems, the music fountain makes a spectacular show visitors would enjoy

Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
Where: Chicago, USA
Highlights: The Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is inspired by the Latona Fountain located at the Palace of Versailles in France; made with bronze sculptures, granite, and pink Georgia marble; sits at the heart of Grant Park in Chicago

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain
Where: Dubai, UAE
Highlights: World’s tallest performing fountain located at the Burj Lake; water jets can reach up to 500 feet in the air

Fountain of Wealth
Fountain of Wealth
Where: Suntec City, Singapore
Highlights: Listed at the Guinness Book Of World Records as the largest fountain in the world; built with feng shui influences

La Joute Fountain
La Joute Fountain
Where: Montreal, Canada
Highlights: A kinetic sculpture fountain created by Jean Paul Riopelle, features a Tower of Life showcasing animals and other mythological creatures; a stunning display of a ring of fire that rises that add to the breathtaking display of light and water

Latona Fountain
Latona Fountain
Where: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Highlights: A fountain dedicated to the legend of Latona – the mother of mother of Apollo and Diana; inspired by the story in Book VI of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Highlights: The biggest ornamental fountain in Barcelona and regular site of the Piromusical, sits at the heart of Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina

Merlion
Merlion
Where: Singapore
Highlights: Merlion statue – featuring a lion’s head and a fish’s body – with water coming out of its mouth, Singapore’s iconic landmark

Nations Friendship Fountain
Nations Friendship Fountain
Where: Moscow, Russia
Highlights: A spectacular sight of 16 gold-plated statues that represent former USSR republics

Nine floating Fountains
Nine floating Fountains
Where: Osaka, Japan
Highlights: Created by Isamu Noguchi, depicting “flying” fountains

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Where: Rome, Italy
Highlights: Fontana di Trevi is one of the world’s most famous fountain and a must-see attraction when in Rome, the largest Baroque fountain in the city, features an Oceanus sculpture, a traditional “legend” tells that visitors who throw a coin to the Trevi Fountain are most likely to come back again in Rome

12 Beautiful City Parks to Visit in Your Travels

City parks may not be on many tourists’ list of must-see places, but there are several of these urban oases worth exploring. Here are twelve of the world’s most beautiful city parks to visit on your travels.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Top attractions: A 1910 carousel, Botanical Building, hiking and cycling trails, lily pond, museums, rose garden, and the San Diego Zoo

Central Park
Central Park
Location: New York City, USA
Top attractions: Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, the Carousel, Central Park Reservoir, Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo, Conservatory Garden, Conservatory Water, Imagine Mosaic, Wollman Rink, the woodlands and trails

Chapultepec Park
Chapultepec Park
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Top attractions: Botanical Gardens, Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle), Chapultepec Zoo, El Caballito, La Diana Cazadora, Modern Art Museum, Monumento a la Independencia, National Museum of Anthropology, rite of the voladores (cultural performance), and Tamayo Museum

Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Location: London, England, UK
Top attractions: Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park Corner, Hyde Park Riding Stables, Lido Bar and Cafe, the Rose Garden, Serpentine, Speakers’ Corner, tennis and sports centre, wildlife, a wide array of memorials, fountains, and statues

Ibirapuera Park
Ibirapuera Park
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Top attractions: Duck pond at the Bosque da Leitura, Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Planetarium, São Paulo’s Modern Art Museum, and Viveiro Manequinho

Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park
Loction: Bangkok, Thailand
Top attractions: A lake, outdoor leisure activities, tree-line pathways, and street foot vendors

Luxembourg Gardens
Luxembourg Gardens
Where: Paris, France
Top attractions: Davioud pavilion, fountains, greenhouses, an orangery, playgrounds, statues, and more

Park Güell
Park Güell
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Top attractions: Mosaic salamander fountain, pavilions that look like gingerbread houses, and more

Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Top attractions: Canna Bed Rain Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, Herbarium Discovery Walk, lakes and islands, Nareeb Gates, National Herbarium of Victoria, Observatory Gates, pavilions and rest houses, Plant Craft Cottage, sculptures, Tropical Glasshouse, thousands of plants, and more

Stanley Park
Stanley Park
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Top attractions: Beaches, gardens, Hollow Tree, Lost Lagoon, Miniature Train, Seawall, Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, Totem poles, and the Vancouver Aquarium

Ueno Park
Ueno Park
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Top attractions: Bentendo Temple, Hanami (more than a thousand sakura trees), Kaneiji Temple, Kiyomizu Kannon Temple, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Western Art, Shinobazu Pond, Shitamachi Museum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Daibutsu, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Ueno Zoo, and University Of Tokyo

Villa Doria Pamphili
Villa Doria Pamphili
Location: Rome, Italy
Top attractions: Arch of the Four Winds, fountains, intricate gardens, pathways for jogging or walking, statues, a villa, and waterfalls