Strange Places To Visit

Weird & Mysterious Locations

People are fascinated by weird and peculiar places. Around the world there are several places that have earned the reputations of being strange and bizarre.

There are some places on earth that are strange and creepy that accompanied with a haunting feeling or even paranormal activities. From abandoned towns to underground vaults of death, people are drawn to the tragic history and mysteries that surrounds these places.

Here are 20 places that people find strange, mysterious and creepy.

20. Gunkanjima

Gunkanjima or Hashima Island, is an abandoned island off the coast of Nagasaki, southern Japan. The Island was once a mining community, with a population of 5,000 until the mines ran dry in 1974. However, over 200 people perished because of the brutal conditions. It has been said that some of the ghostly ex-residents still walk around the walls at night. This creepy place is now a tourist attraction.

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19. Jewish Cemetery

The Jewish Cemetery in Prague is nearly 600 years old with about 12,000 tombstones packed in it. However, there are an estimated 100,000 bodies in this one graveyard. As per Jewish tradition, no bodies have ever been moved. Each time the cemetery gets full, another new cemetery is built on top of the other. It has been done eleven times and apparently there will continue to be new layers added. Probably until people decide to stop dying.

18. Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary or 'Chapel of Bones' in the Czech Republic, is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec. The Ossuary is believed to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, were artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

From 1870, onwards the Czech woodcarver by the name of Frantisek Rint decorated the building with the bones of about 5,000 of his fellow monks. If that’s not creepy enough...two bodies hang from the ceiling, and one of them is a child.

17. The Overtoun Bridge

The Overtoun Bridge in Scotland, has become famous for the bizarre large number of dogs who have leapt over the side to their death. Even heart-breaking are the reports of dogs surviving their brush with death, only to return to the bridge for a second attempt. Interesting, the bridge has never claimed a human life, but engulfed more than 600 dogs, averaging one dog per month. It is truly an unexplained 'heartbreaking mystery.'

16. Maunsell Sea Fort

Maunsell Sea Forts, the Silent Guardians in England, are forts built by the British in the middle of the North Sea to deter a Nazi invasion during World War II. While they no longer serve their purpose, they serve as creepy monuments to war, long abandoned but always on the horizon.

15. Matuso Ghost Mine

The Matsuo Ghost Mine in Northern Japan, is a long abandoned mining town that looks like Silent Hill, if it were real and exponentially creepier. It once housed the largest sulfur mine in the Far East which was closed down in 1972. The buildings are all empty and a dense, thick mist hangs over the place, pretty much all of the time and people tell stories of figures moving around in the mist.

14. Hellingly Hospital

Hellingly Hospital, formerly the East Sussex County Asylum in England, was a large psychiatric hospital from the early 1900s. For 90 years the staff lobotomized and electrocuted patients until in 1994, the building was ultimately abandoned. It was closed and left decaying ever since. The building today is still a creepy place, like a monument to insanity and torture.

13. San Zhi Resort

San Zhi Resort, the Martian Pods, was originally meant to be a get-away resort town outside Taipei, Taiwan. The UFO-shaped pods in Taipei's Sanzhi District were constructed as a resort for military officers stationed in East Asia. But a series of mysterious deaths ended construction and the pods were abandoned with rumors circulating that the site was cursed. Today they stand there, decaying, a creepy monument!

12. Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The house has corridors, doorways and staircases that seems to lead nowhere, and doors that open to nothing, with a creepy unnatural vibe.

Ever since construction commenced in 1884, the property was claimed by many, including Sarah herself, to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles. When Sarah died, work on the building stopped, and now with intriguing dark history of the Winchester’s, the place has become a tourist attraction.

11. Chernobyl Amusement Park

The town of Pripyat, Ukraine with about 50,000 people was quickly evacuated in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The abandoned amusement park with the ferris wheel had become a symbol of the disaster. Instead of children’s laughter, there’s nothing but an eerie silence. People have reported ghostly shadows and figures, which some say are the spirits of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

10. The Island of the Dolls

A solitary hermit, Julian Santana Barrera living on an island south of Mexico City, discovered the body of a little girl who had drowned in a nearby canal. Her doll was floating nearby, so he hung it in on a tree to appease her spirit. He claimed he could hear her tormented screams and footsteps in the darkness. Julian started to collected more dolls to keep the girls spirit at bay and hung them up on trees.

After 50 years of collecting dolls, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl was found. Many people of the island believed he has joined other spirits of the island. Visitors say they hear whispers in the night and feel the dolls' eyes following them through the trees. Today, the place is a tourist attraction, where visitors bring more dolls.

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9. Candido Godoi

Cândido Godói nicknamed 'Twin Land,' is a village of 7,000 inhabitants in the south of Brazil that has a phenomenal number of twin births. It is ten times higher than the national average, and no one knows why. For years, a team of geneticists have been working in the community, sampling DNA and learning about families, in an effort to solve the mystery.

8. Catacombs of Paris

The Paris catacombs are a series of tunnels and caverns that stretch for almost 300 km underneath the City of Lights. These catacombs and dungeons are filled with bodies, skulls mounted, bones and is home to an estimated over 6 million bodies. Tourists can visit only some parts of the catacombs, however, some visitors have left disturbed, later claiming they seen apparitions and been touched or heard whispering in their ears. Truly terrifying!

7. Jatinga Village

The village of Jatinga, in Assam, India, is known as the 'suicide spot' for birds. Although it's a beautiful place surrounded by serene mountains, its popularity is because of the mysterious phenomenon of 'bird suicide.' During certain times when fog, drizzle and south-westerly winds come together on a moonless night in the months of September to October, birds fly here to die - a mysterious behavior of the avian species!

6. Centralia Town

Centralia is a borough and a near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA. It was once a mining town with stores, hotels and saloons, a thriving town with a population of over 1000 people. The story goes that in 1962, a group of miners began burning a large chunk of the landfill, unfortunately, it was on top of some flammable coal, and suddenly the fire spread to all areas of the mine.

5. Hell Town

Hell Town, in Ohio, USA, was once a town full of people, but in the 1970s, there was a government buyout and everyone was forced to evict. The towns is populated by boarded up houses and burnt up ones, used as fire department practice for actual house fires. A certain sadness, weird tales and unexplained happenings overshadow the town!

4. Door to Hell

The 'Door to Hell' also known as the 'Gate to Hell', is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, which then became a natural gas crater. A team of Soviet geologists were drilling a hole in the ground looking for gas and oil, when they stumbled upon a dangerous 230 foot chasm filled with methane gas. Unwittingly, they tried to eliminate the gas with fire and 40 years later that hole is still burning.

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3. Kabayan Mummy Caves

The Kabayan Mummies are preserved mummies found along the mountain slopes of Kabayan, in the Philippines. In a series of caves, where there are thousands of pods, and inside these pods are dead bodies, mummies to be more precise. Scientists believe these mummies were first created by the Ibaloi tribe between 1200 and 1500. What makes these mummies unique, is the 'mummification preserving process' which is easily the best method.

2. The Body Farm

At the University of Tennessee in Knoxville,USA, an outdoor research facility exists that is dedicated to piling up dead bodies all over the place for the purpose of murder re-enactments. Crime scene investigators plop down a dead body and murder situations are recreated so as to get as realistic depiction as possible to help with investigations. A lot of people donate bodies simply to help out!

1. Aokigahara Forest

Aokigahara Forest, is referred to as ‘suicide forest’ as its one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world. The forest at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, is so lush that corpses can go undiscovered for years. It is estimated that about 100 people a year have successfully killed themselves here. Many believe that the restless spirits of the people who took their own lives still roam the undergrowth, and ghostly lights and apparitions have been reported.

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