Covid-19 changes the landscape in many cities around the world

Covid-19 is a pandemic that is plaguing the whole world at the moment. Apart from borders closing down and lockdowns implemented in many parts of the world, Covid-19 changes the landscape of many tourist spots all around the world. Places that were once swarming with people are empty. Attractions where we normally compete for the best spot to take that perfect photo is now vacant.

In this article, we will see some of the tourist spots which are now empty due to Covid-19. Some might find it refreshing while others might find the condition to be a little bit eerie. Whatever it is, undeniably, Covid-19 changes the landscape of these places.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Covid-19 changes the landscape of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is our capital city and it is one of the major tourist destinations in Asia. This is Bukit Bintang, located in area dubbed as the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. This place never sleeps and even at night, there are many cars driven on the 5-lane road. However, due to Covid-19, the Malaysian government had imposed partial lockdown from 18 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. Everyone is required to stay at home during the period. As a result, the city is now almost empty. A sign that Covid-19 changes the landscape of this bustling city.


Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, empty from visitors
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

At the time of writing, Turkey has 9,217 cases and the cases keep increasing everyday. Turkey has also suspended foreign flights into the country. As one of the major tourist attractions, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey usually is crowded with people. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic, it is closed to visitors and workers in protective suit can be seen sanitizing the famous attraction.


Covid-19 changes the landscape of Berlin, Germany

Covid-19 changes the landscape in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. We had the chance to visit this historical city during our backpacking trip to Europe. We could still remember although it was winter, there were still many visitors around Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Today, it is a different scene altogether. Visitors are not coming and in Berlin, schools, museum, bars and entertainment outlets are closed to stop the spreading of Covid-19.


Paris, France

Paris is not spared from Covid-19 pandemic
Musée du Louvre

The capital city of France is not spared from Covid-19. Like its neighbours, France is also battling against the Covid-19 pandemic and many tourist attractions are closed. Musée du Louvre which usually sees long queue into the museum is now empty as the museum is closed for visit. The photo shows how Covid-19 changes the landscape of attractions around the world.


Covid-19 changes the landscape in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

An aerial view of Kaabah
Kaabah, Makkah

The Kaabah inside the Masjidil Haram or the Grand Mosque in Makkah is the holiest site in Islam. This place is always swarming with people from many nationalities around the world. As the focal point for Islamic prayers and the holiest site, there are always people coming here for the umrah or minor pilgrimage. However, Covid-19 changes the landscape of this place. The view of congregates who usually fill in the mosque is now replaced with the view of the white tiles.


Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil

An almost deserted beach in Rio
Empty beach at Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil

Yesterday, our Brazilian friend texted us and told us how Brazil is divided in its opinion on the affect of Covid-19. The Brazilian president downplayed the seriousness of Covid-19 but Rio de Jeneiro’s Mayor still declare a state of emergency in the city. Many usually-crowded beach around Rio de Jeneiro is now deserted. The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is also closed to visitors.


New York, United States of America

Times Square. Covid-19 changes the landscpae of New York
Times Square, New York

Even the most famous city in the world is not excluded from the affect of Covid-19 pandemic. New York, a bustling city which never sleep is seen in recent photos to be almost empty from people. The Times Square area which normally has around approximately 380,000 people crossings, is almost deserted as can be seen in recent photos.


We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.

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