The world is home to exciting attractions for amusement park buffs and the unusual theme parks in Asia are probably the best ones to start with. To give you an idea of what to visit first, here are five strange theme parks in the continent that will surely give you a run for your money.
1. Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Like any other theme park, Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park has man-made beaches and waterfalls, go-kart racing and air bikes, rides, and even a zoo, but that’s not where its appeal comes from. Interestingly, its creators have chosen to infuse Buddhism, the dominant system of belief in the country, with its facilities. So expect to see some carved faces of royalty, statues of Buddha, and mythical creatures. If that’s not unusual enough for you, the park has attractions can show you a glimpse of heaven and hell as dictated by Vietnamese beliefs.
2. Haw Par Villa (Singapore)
No, Suoi Tien is not the only religion/philosophy themed park. Here enters Haw Par Villa, a theme park patterned after Confucianism and Indian Buddhism beliefs. Apart from its mythical figures and illustrations, Haw Par Villa is widely known for the Ten Courts of Hell attraction, which is a representation of the ten levels of hell one must pass through before entering the realm of heaven. Be warned though: this attraction is not for the weak of heart, since the are gruesome images you will encounter may haunt you even after you’ve left the park.
3. Jeju Love Land (Jeju Island, South Korea)
If you think Jeju Love Land is all hearts and sweetness, think again. It’s actually a place dedicated to eroticism. The place was originally set for lovers after the Korean War because of the island’s warm climate. It was later on converted into a huge theme park adorned with over a hundred sensual sculptures formed by artists from the Hongik University in Seoul. Even today, Love Land welcomes not just lovers and newlyweds but also tourists who appreciate contemporary art.
4. Shijingshan Amusement Park (Beijing, China)
At first glance, Shijingshan Amusement Park looks just like any other theme park but look closely. Do you smell something fishy? Although its owners say that their haven is based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Shijingshan Amusement Park basically showcases pirated versions of Disney, Dreamworks, and Sanrio characters but with different names. When translated to English, the park slogan says that Disney is too far and suggests tourists to visit Shijingshan instead. Clearly, this park makes it to the list of unusual theme parks in Asia.
5. World Joyland (Wujin District, Jiangsu, China)
Here is a place that Blizzard fans will enjoy. With attractions that turn fantasy into reality, World Joyland will make every gamer’s dreams come true. Although the park’s rides, theaters, and establishments are greatly similar to Starcraft and World of Warcraft, the park uses different names to mask their lack of rights to the gaming series. Nevertheless, it’s still deserves a visit from tourists hungry for something unique.
Aside from these five unique tourist destinations, there are others waiting to be explored. Wherever you choose to visit first, these unusual theme parks in Asia are simply worth it.