Facebook reveals world's most 'social' landmarks

Facebook reveals world's most 'social' landmarks

The most "checked-in" places include sports stadia and a TGI Friday's
The most popular landmarks chosen by users and presented by Facebook.

Checking in to a location via Facebook is no longer just a way to tell your friends where you are. 

It has become a social barometer of travel.

Facebook measured users' check-ins across 25 cities around the world to determine the most social landmarks.

The result? Parks, gardens and shopping centers are popular hangouts in a lot of places, while in Norway folk really like to spend their free hours at TGI Friday's. There's no accounting for taste.

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Among the top landmarks, seven were sports stadia, six were public areas, while amusement parks, concert arenas and shopping centers earned two spots each.

Two Asian attractions made it to the final cut: the Tokyo Dome and Seoul's Lotte World, an amusement park.

Each country has its distinctive characteristics, and this was portrayed on the popular landmarks in respective cities as well. 

Sports arenas and stadia were the most popular venues in cities in the United States. Chicago's Wrigley Field and San Francisco's AT&T Park were most checked-in.

In New York, Times Square made the first slot.

For London, the city of many innovative artists and musicians, the O2 concert arena was ranked no. 1. 

Climate also seemed to play a role in people's travel interests, with warmer weather eliciting check-ins at outdoor spots such as beaches, while in colder cities such as Moscow, concert halls, bars and clubs were the most popular. 

The 25 most checked-in spots in the world 

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Unicenter (shopping center) 
  2. Melbourne, Australia: Crown Casino
  3. São Paulo, Brazil: Parque de Ibirapuera (park) 
  4. Toronto, Canada: Rogers Centre (sports stadium)
  5. Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens (cultural center)
  6. Paris, France: Avenue des Champs-Élysée (iconic neighborhood)
  7. Berlin, Germany: Kurfürstendamm (iconic neighborhood) 
  8. New Delhi, India: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (house of worship)
  9. Dublin, Ireland: The O2 Dublin (concert arena)
  10. Rome, Italy: Colosseum
  11. Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Dome 
  12. Mexico City, Mexico: Centro Historico de la Ciudad de Mexico 
  13. Auckland, New Zealand: Eden Park
  14. Oslo, Norway: TGI Friday's Aker Brygge
  15. Moscow, Russia: Propaganda nightclub
  16. Singapore: Singapore Universal Studios
  17. Johannesburg, South Africa: Montecasino (casino)
  18. Seoul, South Korea: Lotte World (amusement park)
  19. Barcelona, Spain: Camp Nou (soccer stadium)
  20. Stockholm, Sweden: Gröna Lund (amusement park)
  21. London, United Kingdom: The O2 (concert arena)
  22. Chicago, United States: Wrigley Field (sports stadium)
  23. San Francisco, United States: AT&T Park
  24. New York, United States: Times Square 
  25. Los Angeles, United States: Staples Center (sports arena)

(in alphabetical order by country)

Rachel Sang-hee Han is a freelance writer for CNN Travel. 

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