Siam Paragon, the popular Bangkok luxury shopping mall, has emerged as the world’s most Instagrammed location of 2013.
This is the second year in a row that a Thai location has topped the list.
In 2012, the chart-topper was Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
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JUMPING TO #1
Siam Paragon was #2 on the list in 2012, and has risen to #1 in 2013.
Although Suvarnabhumi Airport has dropped to #9 in this year’s list, Thailand is still the only country outside the United States with two locations on the list.
THE WORLD'S MOST INSTAGRAMMED LOCATIONS
The most Instagrammed locations of 2013 are:
1. Siam Paragon, Bangkok
2. Times Square, New York
3. Disneyland, Anaheim, California
4. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
5. Disney World Florida
6. Staples Centre, Los Angeles
7. Central Park, New York
8. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
9. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok
10. The High Line, New York
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THE WORLD'S FAVORITE
As Instagram is hugely popular with global tourists, both Siam Paragon and Suvarnabhumi Airport have provided visitors with extensive opportunities for attractive photographic backdrops featuring a range of cultural, floral and architectural icons of Thailand.
ONE OF ASIA'S BIGGEST SHOPPING CENTERS
Siam Paragon is located at the primary interchange station of Bangkok’s popular mass transit system, the Skytrain, used by thousands of city visitors every day.
Built at a cost of US$450 million, it is one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia.
Opened in December 2005, it includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as:
1) A multiplex movie theatre
2) The largest aquarium in South East Asia
3) An exhibition hall
4) A Thai art gallery
5) An opera concert hall
6) A large bowling alley
7) A karaoke centre
BANGKOK'S SUVARNAHUMI AIRPORT
Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi is Thailand’s primary aviation hub, recording more than 23 million embarking passengers and 1.3 million transit passengers in 2012.
Its departure halls are dominated by photo-friendly icons of Thai culture and heritage; such as, the famous King of the Nagas, the mythical giant guardians of Thai temples and replicas of stupas which house relics of the Buddha.
THE WORLD'S MOST INSTAGRAMMED CITIES
Overall, the Instagram popularity of these two locations saw Bangkok hit #2 on the chart of the world’s most Instagrammed cities, behind New York City.
New York's popularity is mainly because of its primary tourist spot, Times Square.
The list of 10 most Instagrammed cities:
1. New York
3. Los Angeles
5. São Paulo
7. Rio de Janeiro
8. San Diego, California
9. Las Vegas
10. San Francisco