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Tour 9 of the Most Beautiful Underground Sites Around the World

Architectural Digest Logo By Condé Nast of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 10: Thailand's Prahya Nakhon in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is a site to behold. While it may be located slightly off the beaten path, visitors have for years marveled at the breaktaking beauty of a beautiful pavilion built within a limestone cave. According to the book, "Beams of light, like divine rays from heaven, shine down on a late nineteenth-century pavilion reminiscent of some kind of peaceful Shangri-La."

While the world is filled with breathtaking scenery, some spectacular sites are easier to get to and witness than others. The awe-inspiring, 19th-century pavilion built within a limestone cave in Thailand's Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, for example, requires an arduous (and at times dangerous) hike to enjoy the remote attraction. Luckily, while we cannot see all these splendid locales in person, we can conveniently resort to new and exciting books being published to show and explain the richness of a world we would otherwise never know. In his most recent book, Underground Worlds: A Guide to Spectacular Subterranean Places ($27.99, Black Dog & Leventhal), author and photographer David Farley takes his readers from the world's first underground park experiment in New York City to a former salt mine turned amusement park in Romania, and back again, all in the flip of some 200-odd pages.

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