30+ Before-And-After Pics Showing How Famous Cities Changed Over Time

The world has evolved so rapidly over the last 100 years that it’s difficult to imagine just how much things have changed during that time. Many of the world’s most famous cities – like Kuala Lumpur for example, or Hong Kong – bare little resemblance to their earlier selves, and cities such as Dubai didn’t even exist at all until fairly recently.

Take a look at these then and now pictures to see what we mean. Compiled by A&D and Bored Panda, they’re sure to give you a fresh perspective on how you look at the world. (H/T: Bored Panda)

01. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 2000 And Now


02. Seoul, South Korea – 1900 And Now


03. Vilnius, Lithuania – 1900 And Now


04. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 1970 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-04Predrag Vuckovic

05. Singapore, Republic Of Singapore – 2000 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-05Ong Wee Jin

06. Tokyo, Japan – 1945 And Now


07. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 2005 And Now


08. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – 1930 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-08Rafael Rabello de Barros

09. Sydney, Australia – 1932 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-09The National Library of Australia

10. Shenzhen, China – 1964 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-10David McLeod

11. Fortaleza, Brazil – 1975 And Now


12. Bangkok, Thailand – 1988 And Now


13. Athens, Greece – 1862 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-13Francis Bedford

14. Berlin, Germany – 1945 And 1990s

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-14SourceGetty Images

15. Toronto, Canada – 1930 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-15Special Collections Toronto Public Library

16. Jakarta, Indonesia 1960 And Now


17. Melbourne, Australia – 1920 And Now


18. London, The Great Britain – 1920 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-18Slava Stepanov

19. Istanbul, Turkey – 1905 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-19Public Domain

20. New York, USA – 1962 And Now


21. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1920 And Now


22. Chicago, Usa 1937 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-22Source 1Source 2

23. Shanghai, China – 1987 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-23Carlos Barria

24. Los Angeles, USA – 1940 And Now


25. San Francisco, USA – 1906 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-25Geo. R. Lawrence Co.

26. San Francisco, Usa – 1947 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-26Redwood Empire Assn

27. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2005 And Now


28. Long Beach, USA – 1953 And Now

AD-How-Famous-City-Changed-Timelapse-Evolution-Before-After-28Jeff Gritchen

29. Macau, China – 1964 And Now


30. Hong Kong, China – 1980 And Now


31. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 1920 And Present


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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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