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Intriguing complex of three buildings in the Laaken area, not far from the Atomium.
Intriguing complex of three buildings in the Laaken area, not far from the Atomium. They comprise a Japanese tower, a Chinese pavilion, and a museum of Japanese art. The architecture and decor may seem over the top to today's tastes, but there are some outstanding examples of Chinese export porcelain, and rotating exhibitions of Japanese artefacts from the Edo period (1600-1868).
Avenue Van Praet 44, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium
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The huge Royal Greenhouses of Laeken have several rare tree species and are open in spring when flowers are in bloom
The Royal Palace of Laeken is the official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family
Home to Belgium's royal family
The Lincoln mural on Rue de Palais shows the scrawny cowboy character written by the Jouvrays gearing up for a fight against a heftier opponent
The Atomium is an icon of Brussels and Belgium, created in 1958 for the World Fair in Brussels
The Church of Our Lady of Laeken is a 19th century neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, built in memory of Queen Louise-Marie by king Leopold I