The glitter of gold has captured the imagination of mankind since time immemorial. With the craze for the yellow metal showing no signs of subsiding, gold would always be in demand whatever its price.
Gold is in demand as ornaments and as an investment the world over. In fact, it can be found not only in jewellery shops and mines but also in several museums and certain exclusive markets. While a visitor to these museums can view a wide variety of items made with gold, the markets sell tonnes of precious metal every day. Here is a list of the top tourism destinations related to gold.
Gold Museum, Hubli (India)
The renowned Gold Museum, Hubballi (Hubli) is located in the Dharwad district of Karnataka. Incidentally, Karnataka and the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh are the top gold-producing regions in India. In Hubli, the museum is situated at Eureka Corner in Koppikar Road, which is in the heart of the city.
Goldkammer, Frankfurt (Germany)
A spectacular underground museum designed like a gold mine in the city of Frankfurt, Goldkammer exhibits over 500 antique gold items that are over 6,000 years old. Visitors can take an elevator to reach the underground museum.
Museo del Oro, Bogota (Colombia)
'Museo del Oro' is a Spanish phrase for Gold Museum. Located in Bogota, the museum is the most popular tourist attraction in Colombia and witnessed a footfall of over five lakh people every year. Exhibits here include many gold items from the times before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and others made with gold alloys like tumbaga.
The second and third storeys of the museum display the world’s largest collection of handicraft items made with gold. In fact, Museo del Oro boasts of a collection of over 55,000 unique gold items.
Gold Souk, Dubai (UAE)
A big attraction for people eager to buy gold, Gold Souk in Dubai offers virtually everything made using the yellow metal. The hundreds of shops in the market sell tonnes of gold every day and the goods dealt with are as diverse as jewellery and full-body suits crafted out of the precious metal. With the price of gold at Gold Souk much lesser than that in India, many more shoppers are drawn to the area.