The most Instagrammed place of the year is a shopping mall in Bangkok

The “Pride of Bangkok”
The “Pride of Bangkok”
Image: Flickr / Mark Fisher
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Over the past few years, shopping has propelled Bangkok, Thailand to being the top tourist destination in the world. And that fact is plain to see on social media: In 2013, more photos were posted on Instagram geotagged from inside a giant shopping mall in Bangkok than any other place in the world. (Last year, it came in second, behind Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.)

The mall, called Siam Paragon, bills itself as the “Pride of Bangkok.” It’s a behemoth, built in 2005, complete with an IMAX theater, elaborate food court, and a massive aquarium. Here are some of the more recent Instagram photos taken there: