Many cities around the world have the strangest tourist attractions that you didn’t even know existed. These include museums, hotels, restaurants, and a range of other unique monuments that have been regarded as the most bizarre destinations visited by travellers.
So, here are the world’s top 10 weirdest tourist attractions:
1. Bubblegum Alley, California
The Bubblegum Alley is a famous tourist attraction in San Luis Obispo, California that has been growing since the 1970s. This is a 15-foot high and 70-foot long alley that’s been decorated with visitors’ chewed gum from all over the world. While it may not be entirely sanitary, it’s definitely something that fascinates tourists who also want to be part of this attraction.
2. CasAnus Hotel, Belgium
The CasAnus is one of the most unusual hotels in the world since it’s designed to look like a large intestine. Created by Joep Van Lieshout, the hotel is merely an art sculpture that’s large enough to fit a double bed, a heater, and a bathroom. Its weird appearance and cost to stay there for a night ($165) doesn’t seem to prevent tourists from visiting the place as it has become quite popular amongst couples and newlyweds.
3. Carhenge, Nebraska
Carhenge is an imitation of the English Stonehenge and, instead of big standing stones, consists of 39 vintage American cars. The cars are all covered with grey paint and are arranged in a circle that’s measured about 29 meters. This special monument built by Jim Reinders served as a tribute to his father and was dedicated at the summer solstice in 1987.
4. Karni Mata Temple, India
The Karni Mate Temple is a Hindu temple that was dedicated to Karni Mata. It currently serves as home to more than 20,000 rats that are considered to be sacred and worshipped. These holy rats, also called kabbas, are considered to be members of the Karni goddess’ family and are protected by the people of the area who provide them with food and shelter in the temple. If you are visiting this place, you should know that eating something that was nibbled on by a rat is considered to be a special blessing. But it’s up to you if you want to risk it!
5. Ban Khok Sa-Nga, Thailand
Ban Khok Sa-Nga, better known as ‘The Cobra Village’ among tourists, is a small, old village whose residents are allowed to have at least one snake as their pet. Throughout the year, there are many snake-themed shows going on which present battles between men and snakes, and which have attracted many tourists. Even children seem to have grown to be comfortable with being around dangerous snakes as they’ve learned how to feed and fight them. However, accidents have been reported in the past and many locals have had fingers amputated as a result of poisonous bites.
6. Bone Church, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church, is a small chapel located in the suburbs of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic that’s home to more than 40,000 human skeletons which were buried there after the outburst of the Black Death. What’s quite interesting about this chapel is that it essentially exhibits decorations that are made from the bones of these skeletons, including a chandelier that’s made out of every bone in the human body!
7. Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey
This unique museum in Avanos is a small cave that contains hair samples, and the names and addresses of more than 16,000 people around the world. Founded by potter Chez Galip, the museum started off as a pottery workshop until it became a major tourist attraction that featured thousands of locks of hair of people who have visited and decided to leave something of theirs behind.
8. House of Poo Poo, China
If you’re planning to go to China, you should definitely visit this place. The House of Poo Poo is a bathroom-themed restaurant in Beijing that basically serves food in toilet bowls. It’s the only restaurant that provides you with a unique dinner experience that has you eating out of tiny urinals while sitting on a toilet! You can even eat chocolate ice cream from a potty. Well, isn’t that creative?
9. Yunessun Spa Resort, Japan
The Yunessun Spa Resort offers a range of different kinds of spa-related services. Every year, hundreds of tourists visit the place so that they can enjoy a wine bath spa that contains real red wine. Apart from wine, though, the resort also offers chocolate, curry, honey, green tea, and coffee spas for those who are willing to get dirty and messy.
10. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico
La Isla de las Muñecas – or the Island of the Dolls – was never intended to be a tourist destination. However, it gained much popularity because of the history behind it. After Julian Santana Barrera found a young girl drowned on the island under mysterious circumstances, he begun decorating the trees with creepy dolls that were supposedly possessed by her spirit. Julian was doing this out of respect of the young dead girl until he died in the same spot where he had found her. Now, if you are brave enough to visit the place, don’t forget to bring your own doll and hang it on a tree as this has become customary for the visitors of the island.
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