The Jakarta Post
A view of Raja Ampat in West Papua, one of the popular tourist sites in Indonesia renowned for pristine waters. (The Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)
The COVID-19 pandemic may hamper travel plans of people with wanderlust around the world.
However, these virtual tours may soothe your woes in this time. Visit these places online from the convenience of your own home, while making a bucket list of where to go when the crisis dies out.
Below is the list.
1. Indonesia virtual tour
Project 360 Indonesia has documented iconic and beautiful sites in Indonesia and provided them online. They include the 360-degree visuals of Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Aceh Tsunami Museum, Borobudur Temple in Magelang and Jakarta’s aerial view.
2. The Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles in France, listed as a World Heritage Site, opens its virtual doors to visitors around the world.
An old hunting pavilion of Louis XIII, it was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, as he installed the government there in 1682. It ceased to be a royal residence in the 19th century after it became the Museum of the History of France in 1837. The rooms of the palace were then devoted to housing new collections of paintings and sculptures representing the great figures and important events of France.
Digital visitors are welcome to see the chambers and the 22,000 pieces of art inside them, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Trianon and the royal apartments. Viewers also can enjoy pieces of art made for Marie Antoinette and stroll along the palace’s legendary gardens.
The virtual tour comes in partnership with Google Arts and Culture. To visit the museum online, head to the official website.
3. Graffiti tour
Explore street art on walls around the world through the Google Art Project on Street Art. Marvel at the finest graffiti on city streets around the world and from past art festivals.
4. Virtual dive and online aquarium
Experience diving while you remain comfortable and dry with a virtual dive provided by the National Marine Sanctuaries.
The website provides dreamy images of the underwater world of American Samoa, the Florida Keys and many other water gardens.
The New England Aquarium in Boston, United States, invites marine life lovers to keep up on the sea world they conserve by posting videos on Facebook and their website, which is updated daily. (gis/wng)
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