The 10 Most Unusual Destinations Where Visitors Forget Which Planet They Live On
Are you tired of the boring and ordinary sights travel guides advise you to visit? Are you looking for something really breathtaking and mind-blowing? Then these places are just for you! Read on, and add them to your bucket list.
Bright Side gathered the wackiest places you should definitely visit at least once in your life.
10. The High-Heel Wedding Church, Taiwan
This church is constructed in the shape of an oversized glass shoe. Its height is 55 feet, and it is composed of over 300 pieces of blue-tinted glass. For its creation, the architects were inspired by the fairy tale about Cinderella and her glass slipper.
9. Beaujolais Nouveau Spa, Japan
In the Yunessun Spa Resort, guests can relax and swim in a huge wine bath with a full 3.6-meter-high wine bottle nearby. In addition to this treatment, visitors of the resort can soak themselves in chocolate or curry or take a coffee bath.
8. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida
The entertainment park devoted to The Boy Who Lived and his magic world occupies 8 hectares. All the attractions and decorations in this area are designed to recreate the atmosphere of our favorite books and movies about Harry Potter.
With the assistance of the designers and artists who worked on the movies, and with the guidance of J.K. Rowling, the park looks very realistic. The accuracy of reproduction of each small detail will impress you! It will take you hours to visit every place, from Hogwarts Castle to Hogsmeade’s canteens with original cuisine.
7. Bubblegum Alley, California
This alley was created in San Luis Obispo in the 1960s. Since then it has turned out to be a real piece of art. The chewy masterpiece is made of 15-feet-high walls covered with used bubble gum from tourists from all over the world.
6. The Petrifying Well, England
If you put any object in this natural well situated in Mother Shipton’s Cave and leave it for some time, it will acquire a stony exterior. And there’s nothing mystical about this phenomenon! The water in the petrifying well has an unusual quantity of minerals that evaporate and cover the surface of each item you put inside.
5. Karni Mata Temple, India
This weird place is inhabited by more than 20,000 rats, who are considered to be holy. The rats are called "kabbas" and are worshipped by local people and tourists from all over the world.
If you want to enter the temple, you should take off your shoes. And if you have a chance to eat something nibbled on by one of the rats, you can consider yourself specially blessed!
4. Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey
This museum opened in 1979 when a local potter, Chez Galip, had to part with his female friend. He asked her for a souvenir in order to remember her, and she gave him a lock of her hair. He put her hair on the wall of his pottery shop. When visitors asked about it, he told them his story.
Other women were so astonished by his sadness that they began leaving locks of their hair for him as well. Then Galip decided to open the museum. Nowadays, the exhibit has over 16,000 strands of hair attached to the walls inside.
3. Carhenge, Nebraska
Carhenge is situated near the city of Alliance, and it represents the American version of Stonehenge. It was created with 38 vintage American cars, all of which were covered with gray paint and arranged in a circle. The architect, Jim Reinders, dedicated his construction to the June 1987 summer solstice.
Besides Carhenge itself, there are some other artworks made of old cars and painted with various colors.
2. The White Restaurant, Georgia
The creators of the first upside-down building in Batumi, Georgia, decided to combine pleasure and utility and opened a restaurant. This masterpiece can be admired not only because of its idea but also for its delicious cuisine!
1. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, Thailand
If you’ve always wanted to see what hell looks like, this attraction is for you. The Monastery Garden, also known as Thailand Hell Horror Park, depicts scenes from the Buddhist interpretation of hell.
The entrance sign reads "Welcome to Hell," and you’ll really feel like the devil’s guests in this park! Here you’ll find statues of tortured souls with animal heads, and the plaques near each of them tell you which sin they committed.
Are you familiar with any other unusual tourist attractions? Share your ideas with us in the comments!
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