This was a theme park in Japan that was said to be inspired by the ever-popular Disneyland parks. The Nara Dreamland park was initially opened in 1961 and was a popular attraction at one time. However, by 2006, it was agreed the park should close and now seems to be frequented by urban explorers and the occasional security guard. Some of the old rollercoasters still stand, such as the one named the Screw Coaster.
There is another abandoned roller coaster in the park named Aska. If you’re an urban explorer, make sure you have a permit as the guards here have a tendency to hand out tickets for trespassing. Frankly, it doesn’t look like the safest place to explore anyway!
Six Flags in New Orleans, USA
The Six Flags Jazzland park was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans on 25 August 2005. Despite several investors showing interest in regenerating the park no one has been able to bring this place back to life. It’s still a hot favorite with photographers who can channel a creepier side to their photos.
Abandoned theme parks are definitely one of the spookiest places to be, especially when you think about that terrible day when the hurricane hit and destroyed everything in its path. Much of New Orleans and the surrounding areas are still suffering the after-effects of the hurricane and have yet to be rebuilt to their former glory.
Former Treatment House (Pavilionul de Bai) From Baile Govora, Valcea County, România
This is the Pavilion de Bai, which acted as a treatment center and sanitorium. It was located in Valcea County in the heart of Romania. Designed by architect, Ernest Doneaud, construction started in the early, and the center became operational in 1915. The building was shaped like an E, and there were 145 rooms in total. There were plans to add an additional 19 rooms after the treatment house was officially opened, but these were halted when war broke out.
Among other therapies, the center was equipped to offer water-based therapies, electrotherapy, and compressed air cabinets. This was cutting-edge at the time and helped patients with upper respiratory problems, as a result of inhaling toxic fumes during the war. Using extreme air pressure allowed these ex-servicemen to breathe again. When the area was taken over by communism, these kinds of institutions were starved of funding and as a result and became neglected. There is still hope that this building will be restored as the community around it appears to be growing again.
Atkins Halls Apartments, Cork These apartments, St. Anne's Asylum
Atkins Halls. Located in Cork, Ireland, used to function as a mental asylum back in the 1800s. Today, half of the units have been converted into modern apartments, and the other half remained abandoned and are suffering from major conservational and structural problems.
The asylum was built as a three-story building, with a complex of buildings in a long line. As well as accommodation and treatment rooms for the patients, there was also a gate lodge and a church. We are sure the renovated sections of the building are beautiful, but it might feel a bit creepy imagining what may have taken place here in the past, as we know the treatment of the mentally ill was not kind.
Huge Man Hole Spills Diamonds For Decades
The Mir Diamond Mine is the second largest man-made hole in the world. The only one larger is the Bingham Canyon open-pit copper mine in Utah, USA. Between the years of 1957 – 2001, this was a rich source of diamond and was nicknamed, the “Navel of the Earth.” This aerial view shows how creepy it looks from above to have a massive hole in the earth next to an industrial area.
Originally constructed by Stalin it was eventually abandoned as the cost of keeping the mine open became untenable. It’s crazy to think what humans are capable of, especially when you see it this starkly in a photograph.