10 Iconic Cities in the World: Then and Now


It is indeed fascinating how many of the most iconic cities in the world have changed over time. Their changes are so drastic that we can no longer distinguish them then and now. This goes to show that mankind is constantly evolving and that our level of sophistication is far beyond reach. To see how these cities have changed, check out the photos we have below:

10. Tokyo (1945-2011)

This is the capital of Japan – Tokyo. It is now the most populous metropolis on the planet and the largest urban mass economy.

9. Shanghai (1990-2010)



Dubbed as the most dynamic city on the planet, Shanghai is the biggest and largest Chinese city by mass and population.

8. Melbourne (1920-2011)

Found in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia’s leading financial center. It is also the second most populous in the country.

7. Dubai (1991-2012)

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. This fast-growing city is now a popular tourist destination and a business center.


6. Shenzhen (1982-2014)



Located in Southern China, Shenzhen is one successful economic city. Aside from boasting stunning skylines, it is also known as one of the busiest container ports on the planet.

5. Seoul (1961-2013)

After “The Miracle on the Han River”, Seoul, the capital of South Korea is named a rising city. It is the 4th largest metropolitan economy in the world.

4. Athens (1960-2014)

Located in the Southern part of Greece, Athens is among the oldest cities in the world. It is also the largest city of the country.

3. Los Angeles (1968-2014)



Found in Southern California, Los Angeles is the second most densely populated city in the United States. However, it is known as the world’s leader in the creation of music, motion picture productions, video games, and TV productions.

2. Hong Kong (1928-2014)

Located in the Southern part of China, Hong Kong is one of the most heavily populated cities in the world. Nevertheless, it is widely known for its stunning skyline and natural docks.

1. Jakarta (1960-2010)

Jakarta, the largest city and the capital of Indonesia, is known for its rapid growing luxury property market. It is also famous for its beautiful horizon.

Yes, the cities above may have changed a lot in terms of appearance. But, these changes surely catapulted them to the top and placed their country on the map.



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