From the strange to the creepy to the gross, cities around the world have some bizarre tourist attractions. Whether you have a love of all things odd or are looking for a break from everyday museums and monuments, these weird attractions are a must-see.
Here we have gathered 5 of the weirdest and bizzare tourist attractions ever existed. Check out some of the world’s most bizarre below!!
1. Yunessun Spa Resort, Japan
If you’ve always wanted to soak in your favorite beverage, give a visit to Japan’s Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort. A great choice For a wet, wild and wacky holiday. Part water park, part relaxing retreat, Yunessun is not your typical oasis. Where else can you take a dip in your favorite beverage? Soak in a refreshing menu that includes green tea, wine, coffee or sake. A massive teapot and wine bottle hover over the spas, pouring out their rejuvenating elixirs. Just remember: don’t drink and dive.
2. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Mexico’s Isla de las Munecas is the perfect combination of creepy and flat-out weird. Isla de las Munecas, just south of Mexico City set between the canals of Xochimico, is a small island and long abandoned hideout of Don Julian Santana, who was ostracized here from the mainland because of his alcohol problem. Legend has it that a little girl drowned in the nearby canal and Don felt haunted by her spirit so he began trading his vegetables for old dolls, which he placed throughout the island to appease her spirit. A reputable psychic medium has said that he was actually seeing an evil spirit that caused the girl to drown. Believe it, or not. Today, it’s populated by hundreds of decrepit, decomposing baby dolls that hang from trees. Some say they possess the soul of the girl. While it was never meant to be a tourist attraction, the creepiness of the island has attracted so many that it’s now open for tours on the weekend.
The upside down house is one of few in the world. Others can be found in China, Japan, Russia, Poland, Germany and Austria. The “Rumah Terbalik” upside down house opened in 2012, specifically as a tourist attraction. This unusual house was recently entered in the Malaysian book of records as the only structure of its kind in Malaysia. Tours are available if you’d like to experience walking on the ceiling as furniture and household appliances hover above your head. In the garage, a car is parked upside down. You can even pick up a souvenir at the gift shop.
4. Thailand’s Hell Garden
Known as the Wang Saen Suk Monastery Garden, this garden is a real life depiction of Buddhist hell. The beginning of the tour in this garden starts out as a regular Buddhist depiction of life and peace, but just a few turns later, the ‘hellish’ experience starts. There are sculptures of tortured souls which can really send shivers down your spine, and they are seen bowing down in front of Nai Ngean and Nang Thong, who are the Pretas or hungry ghosts which are quite common in Thai folklore. There are 21 tortured souls shown with heads of different animals. Each animal reflects the sin which that person has committed, and has been doomed to suffer in hell as a result. There are explanations also of why a soul has been punished with the head of a particular animal, and the story or legend behind it.
5. Haeshindang Park (해신당 공원) A.K.A “Penis Park”
Legend of Aebawi and Haesindang – There once lived a young maid who was engaged. One day, the maid took her husband’s boat out to sea to harvest seaweed. Her husband dropped her off at a rock that was at a distance from the beach. After promising to pick her up later, he returned to the beach to do his work. Later, the weather changed, and brought with it strong winds and pummeling waves. The man couldn’t rescue his wife and she ultimately drowned. Since then, the village people caught no fish and some said that it was because of the dead maid. To soothe the spirit of the dead maid, the village people made several wooden carvings of penises and held religious ceremonies on her behalf. After a while, the fish slowly returned and the villagers were able to live comfortably again. The place where the maid died was named Aebawi Rock and the building where the religious ceremony is held twice a year was named Haesindang. The ceremony is still honored today as a traditional folk event.
Since then the park have been filled with all kinds of penis statues.