They say fortune favors the bold, perhaps that includes those who are bold enough to seek good fortune for themselves by visiting one of these lucky places.
Do you feel a little low on luck? Would you like to be luckier, to have the odds always in your favor, to have the dice dancing to your bidding? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Here is a list of the ten luckiest places you can visit in the world. Visiting any of these amazing places will improve your luck (hopefully).
10 Luckiest Places in the World #01: Lingyin Temple, China
For generations, people have courted favor by rubbing the belly of a laughing buddha. However, the buddha statue outside the Lingyin Temple entrance is believed to be this tradition’s origin. Made from unique rock carvings named the “The Peak That Flew Hither,” this buddha statue has been delighting luck-seeking visitors from around the world who love to give the buddha a lucky pat.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #02: Blarney Castle, Ireland
Regarded by many as one of the luckiest places in the world, Blarney Castle deserves a top spot on this list. The Blarney Castle houses the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone is believed to endow the lips of those who kiss it with uncommon powers of persuasion and eloquence. In addition to this, the stone is believed to have links with the Stone of Scone and Stonehenge. Its origins and links might be mysterious, but its legendary luck is undeniable.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #03: Hoover Dam, Nevada
Mere minutes away from Las Vegas lie the magnificent winged statues called the ‘Winged Figures of the Republic.’ These vast statues are believed to convey good luck upon anyone who touches their toes. As a testimony to their lucky powers, their famous feet gleam all year long.
So if you find yourself in Vegas not doing too well on the card tables or the slot machines, then you know exactly where to go. Or perhaps one of the many tried and tested lucky charms is a better bet.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #04: Rome, Italy
Rome is a place of great history and folklore, and luck. One of the luckiest places in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. It is believed that throwing a coin into the fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder will bring good luck.
Since the practice began in the 1950s, it has become hugely popular, with coins being swept up daily and donated to help a local Catholic charity, Caritas.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #05: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Japan
Entrepreneurs are to take particular note of this one. Fushimi Inari Taisha is home to an 8th-century Kyoto shrine famous for bestowing luck upon business owners.
The shrine is dedicated to the god of rice and sake; its spectacular orange torii-gated paths leave every visitor with a sense of wonder. For extra luck, visitors are invited to visit the smaller shrines at the top.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #06 :Nuremberg, Germany
In Nuremberg, Germany, lies the iconic Schöner Brunnen. The Schöner Brunnen is a 14th-century fountain shaped like a gothic spire.
The fountain is embellished with unique ornate carvings and painted with gold, but the rotating rings embedded in the grate around the fountain are believed to bestow good luck upon all that spin them.
10 Luckiest Places in the World #07: Hagia Sophia, Turkey
Hagia Sophia is located in Turkey’s most populous city Istanbul. Within Hagia Sophia is the Column of St Gregory, also known as the Weeping Column. The Weeping Column is believed to produce a miraculous healing holy water that cures the afflictions of all those who touch it.
Legend says that if a visitor puts their thumbs into a hole in the column and it comes out wet, their illnesses would be cured. For extra luck, visitors can also place their hands in the column and make a wish as they draw a circle. All such wishes are believed to come true.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, Illinois
There are statues of Abraham Lincoln all over his picturesque tomb in Springfield, Illinois. However, if it’s good luck you seek, you must find the giant bronze statue in front of the memorial. This likeness of the 16th President sits on a granite pedestal in front of the tomb. Each year thousands of visitors run their hands on Lincoln’s nose for some super strength good luck.
- Florence, Italy
In the ancient Italian city of Florence, south of the Mercato Nuovo, lies a bronze statue that promises to bestow good luck. The statue of the boar is known as Il Porcellino. It is believed to grant good luck to anyone who rubs his snout and puts a coin on his mouth. More so, anyone who does this is also guaranteed to return to Florence one day.
- Paris, France
In Paris’s ancient city, just outside the Notre Dame Cathedral, lies a lucky place called Point Zero. Point Zero is an old geographic marker regarded as the center of Paris. This inconspicuous spot is famous for all luck seekers, local and foreign. Spinning in a circle with a foot on the marker is believed to make you fall in love.
Kissing your lover above its plate is thought to guarantee everlasting love. A coin can also be tossed off the top of the of Point Zero to make a wish that you never know might just come true.