Scary is a word synonymous with theme parks – after all, where’s the fun without the fear factor? This time it will be used in a slightly different context, more precisely in the state of abandonment.
I present to you, a chilling list of abandoned theme parks in Asia. Think rusty rides, abandoned toys, and peeling paint, and you’ve got yourself a perfect horror storytelling session.
1. Okpo Land, South Korea
From a world-renowned theme park to its current dilapidated state. Meet the fallen pride of South Korea, Okpo Land. A tragic past has resulted in the permanent desertion from its glorious heydays – an unfortunate mishap from the popular duck-themed ride has been known to cause at least one casualty back in the 90s, made worst with rumours of zero compensation received by the affected family. The ride continues to be in operation until another accident claimed the life of a little girl, causing it to be ceased permanently. With the park’s owner vanishing straight after the incident, the theme park was ordered to be closed indefinitely and it lies in depressing shambles until today.
2. Koga Family Land, Japan
Venture into Koga Family Land today (if you’re lucky), and all you might find are leftover ruins and the stale musky air of desertion. Echoes of its majestic past now lie in its remnants for the past 20 years, which is ironically placed on an active golf course although entrance is strictly forbidden by the staff at the golf course. Proceed with extreme caution.
3. Takakonuma Greenland Park, South Korea
Built in 1973, the park ran for only two years until it was closed. Rumours stated that it was for repairs; others were more skeptical in claiming deaths from the amusement park rides. Either way, the park was successfully reopened to the public again in 1986, until it was closed down for good in 1999 due to poor ticket sales. Curious explorers have since reported sightings of a mysterious fog that blankets around its abandoned surroundings, radiating off an eerie ‘Silent Hills’ vibe.
4. Nara Dreamland, Japan
Inspired by the grandeurs of Disneyland in California, Nara Dreamland borrows heavily in terms of designs and thematic outlines. The park enjoyed massive success when it first opened its doors back in 1961, with visitors clamoring for entry to ‘Japan’s version of Disneyland’. When Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka opened in 1983 and 2001 subsequently, Nara Dreamland suffered from poor attendance, resulting in the eventual definite closure from its glorious hey-days.