Each year, Google looks back at the moments, people and trends that piqued its creative curiosity through its Year in Search feature.
With all eyes on London this year for the Queen’s jubilee in June and her funeral in September, two of the capital’s landmarks have been the world’s most sought-after cultural attractions.
So what was the world looking for in 2022?
Here is a summary of the top cultural attractions featured in Google’s list.
10. Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace is a large palace located in Seoul, South Korea.
The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War, however, all the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea, is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty and served as the residence of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as the government of Joseon.
9. Palais Ideal, Hauterives, France
After 33 years of work, in 1912, the Ideal Palace of the Postman Cheval was finally completed. Opened in 2014, the museum adjacent to the Ideal Palace documents the life and inspirations of the postman Cheval.
8. Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France
The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal structure designed by Chinese-American architect IM Pei, completed in 1988.
The pyramid is located in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris and is surrounded by three smaller pyramids.
The great pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed as part of the larger Grand Louvre project, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.
7. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei City, Taiwan
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was built in 1937 as a tobacco factory under the name of Matsuyama Tobacco Plant, by the Taiwan Governor’s Office Monopoly Bureau under the Japanese government.
After Japan ceded to Taiwan in 1945, the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau took over the factory and renamed it Songshan Tobacco Plant of the Taiwan Provincial Monopoly Bureau.
In 1947, the plant was again renamed Songshan Tobacco Plant by the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Bureau.
In 1998, it ceased production of cigarettes after a decline in demand for tobacco. Then, in 2001, the Taipei City Government designed the defunct factory as the 99th Taipei Historic Site and transformed it into a park that includes city-designated historic sites, historic structures, and architectural highlights.
Together with the Taipei Dome, the site is known as the Taipei Cultural and Sporting Complex.
In 2011, the former factory was transformed into a creative park under its current name to provide venues for various cultural and creative exhibitions and performances.
6. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former president of the Republic of China, located in Taipei.
The monument, surrounded by parkland, stands at the east end of Memorial Hall Square, and is flanked to the north and south by the National Theater and the National Concert Hall.
5. Royal Palace of Brussels, Belgium
The Royal Park, Royal Palace of Brussels, symbolizes the constitutional monarchy, as it is the administrative residence of the king and the main place of business. In his office he receives representatives of political institutions, foreign guests and other VIPs.
The other members of the royal family also have an office in the Palace of Brussels, where their staff work. The palace includes prestigious reception rooms where various activities of the king and the Belgian royal family are organised.
4. Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot.
Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida carved the face, and it was built between 1922 and 1931.
The statue is 30 meters tall, not including the eight-meter pedestal, and the arms stretch 28 meters wide.
It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone and differs markedly from its original design, the initial plan being a large Christ with a globe in one hand and a cross in the other.
Although the project organizers initially accepted the design, it was later changed into today’s statue, with arms outstretched.
3. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Al Giza Desert, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest pyramid in Egypt and the tomb of the 4th dynasty pharaoh Khufu. Built in the early 26th century BC, over a period of approximately 27 years, it is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact.
It borders present-day Giza in Greater Cairo, Egypt.
2. Big Ben, London, UK
What else sums up London better than Big Ben? What is less known is that the bell, which weighs a whopping 15.1 tons, is what the name refers to. The official name of Big Ben is Elizabeth Tower.
However, normally the entire clock tower at the northern end of the Houses of Parliament in the London Borough of Westminster and the bell are collectively referred to as Big Ben.
1. Buckingham Palace, London, UK
Buckingham Palace is known throughout the world and is very famous as the home of the British monarch, as well as a center for national and royal celebrations.
It is located at the end of the Mall, near London’s Trafalgar Square, and its magnificent State Rooms are open to visitors on select dates.