The 9 Darkest Tourist Attractions In The World

Mummified monks, decapitated dolls and a real-life cremation experience. Sure.
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Mummified monks, decapitated dolls and a real-life cremation experience. Sure.


You may have read about China’s newest and possibly weirdest attraction, the Samadhi 4D Death Experience. Yep, that’s right, you can pay to experience how it feels to die in a fake crematorium, which stuffs you in a coffin and blasts you with hot air and light projections to create an authentic experience of burning, before churning you out of a fake womb. Just what you’ve always wanted, right? So, if this sort of stuff floats your boat, or you’re just intrigued by the other crazy things out there, keep reading for the lowdown on bizarre attractions across the globe.

Hell Garden, Thailand

In these gardens, you’ll be greeted with impaled, burning and disfigured statues that represent the tortured souls of hell; when Buddhists die they believe their good and bad deeds are reviewed before being sent to either heaven or hell. The morbid scenes and gruesome figures found in the Wang Saen Suk Garden have become a popular tourist attraction. Look out for the cauldron of cooking humans and sinners having their tongues ripped out.

Hell Garden. Credit

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

The bones and skeletons of up to 80,000 people have been artistically arranged to decorate the interior of this famous chapel. Perhaps the most impressive part is the giant chandelier of bones in the centre of the Ossuary. The tradition came about because the number of burials outgrew the space available, so the older skeletal remains were unearthed and stored in the chapel.

Sedlec Ossuary. Credit, Lucy Orloski

Bodies...The Exhibition, Las Vegas

Using a cutting edge preservation process of cells and veins, this exhibition showcases 13 whole bodies and around 250 organs. The end product is surprisingly realistic, with many facial features still intact – so believe us when we say that it’s not for the faint hearted! The exhibition is at the Luxor Hotel and Casino down the Las Vegas Boulevard.

Bodies... The Exhibition. Credit www.premierexhibitions

Island of Decapitated Dolls, Mexico

In 1950, Julián Santana Barrera found a drowned little girl and her doll in the canals of Xochimico, near Mexico City. In tribute to her, he began collecting dolls and hanging them around the island, which is now covered with hundreds of these limbless, beheaded, creepy mannequins with empty eye sockets. It resembles a real life set of Bride of Chucky, so if you’re in to your horrors, you know just where to go.


Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey

This strange museum, where ladies leave a lock of their hair hanging from the walls, can be found in the pottery village of Avanos in Turkey. Legend has it a local potter’s friend was leaving town, so she left a lock of her hair for him to remember her by. He put it up in his shop and other ladies began adding to the collection, which quickly grew out of control.

Avanos Hair Museum. Credit www.atlasobscura

Catacombs, Paris

The city of love has a much darker undertone to it that many are blissfully unaware of; a 200 mile warren of underground vaults where the remains of six million people have been buried. The walls are lined with skulls; it’s dark, damp and pretty terrifying, but if you dare to venture down then head to the public entrance at Place Denfert-Rochereau.

Paris Catacombs

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta

Check out this eerie burial complex that’s been cut into solid rock and observe the remains of more than 7,000 individuals that can be found within a multitude of different chambers and hidden rooms. Accessed by various tunnels and pathways, it certainly has labyrinthine qualities and is sure to top many visitor’s freaky attraction lists. If you want to visit Malta’s weirdest attraction be sure to book in advance as only ten people are allowed down at a time – just don’t get lost!

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. Credit

Mummified Monk, Koh Samui

The Wat Khunaram temple has become famous for Loung Pordaeng, a mummified monk whose preserved body is on display surrounded by flowers and candles. He died while peacefully sitting in meditation and is displayed in the same stance, with the addition of some rather trendy ray bans. Death is seen as an opportunity to be reborn in another life, which is why it is celebrated so openly unlike in Western cultures.

Mumified Monk. Credit

Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo

This is a Voodoo practitioner’s superstore, where you can find anything you need for rituals. From heads and tails to limbs and skins of various animals, in the practice of Voodoo, every single creature is seen as divine, whether dead or alive. Despite being outside, the stench of the market is overwhelming so maybe avoid it if you don’t have a strong stomach, or if you’re not in dire need of a crocodile skin.

Fetish Market. Credit Julius Cruickshank

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