The Island of Dolls
Just south of Mexico City lies the Xochimico, where you will find the dreaded Isla de las Munecas or The Island of Dolls. The popular belief is that a local, Don Julian Santana Barrera, once found the dead body of a little girl floating in a river. It had a doll clutched in her hands! Since, then hundreds of headless and tattered dolls were put on the trees by the Don, who later mysteriously found floating at the same spot in the river. The locals believe that each doll hung on the tree has some part of the drowned girl’s soul in it.
A desolate city in Ukraine, Pripyat suffered the brunt of the greatest nuclear disaster of humankind – Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986. The entire city of 50,000 inhabitants left in panic; never to return back to this city. Continued nuclear radiation has ensured no one will ever return to this abandoned city. The amusement parks, hotels, swimming pools, hospitals and vacant roads give the impression of an apocalyptic movie.
Japanese novelist, Seicho Matsumoto’s 1960 novel “Tower of Waves” says Aokigahara is the best place to die! Since then, the otherwise beautiful forest, has seen more than 500 suicides! There are plenty of displays with messages like - “Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!” So if you tend to visit the place, try to fight the urge to kill yourself!
An abandoned concrete island, surrounded by seas in Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan, evokes the feeling of desolation and serves as a ghoulish reminder of mankind’s exploitation of nature. Built by Mitsubishi to house coal miners, the entire island was abandoned in 1974 after the coal mines were shut down. Today, the island is open to visitors, who are surrounded by tall blocks of concrete buildings left in a derelict state on this empty island.
A mysterious, dark forest in the mystifying land of Transylvania, the land of Dracula. Over the years, several reports have surfaced about UFO sightings, blood curling cries, weird noises, peculiar tree shapes, feeling of being watched and pried, mysterious lightings, among other such frightening experiences. People have complained of being nauseous, severe headaches, extreme anxiety and sometimes mysterious burns and scratches!
Six Flags Jazzland
Imagine a place where fun, laughter and happiness once reigned supreme on the souls, and suddenly it all turned desolate and derelict due to an act of nature! Six Flags Jazzland, a theme park in New Orleans turned into a junkyard, courtesy the fury of Hurricane Katrina. The once vibrant and bustling theme park is now slowly turning into a heap of rusting iron and abandoned park attractions. The theme park is reducing to such a sorry state as the owners deduced that the cost of repairing and restarting the theme park was extremely high, thus putting it to a slow, premature and grim end.
The Sedlec Ossuary
The most admired and visited church of Kutna Hora, Czech Republic contains human bones and skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. The human bones are used to create the decorations and furnishings for the chapel! Skulls are placed to stunning effects and a chandelier made of human bone hangs overhead. No one knows who designed this church and for what purpose; but this weird church is out there to be explored by the fearless among us.
Tuol Sleng, Cambodia
The infamous secret prison S-21 of Cambodia is a chilling place to visit. The prison stands as a testament to the extrajudicial killings and genocide unleashed by the Khmer Rouge government. Close to 20,000 people were killed in this secret prison in the most gruesome manner which includes severe torture, experimentation and starvation. Today, the place is a museum which included cabinets filled with bones, images of the victims, torture techniques and plenty of haunted ghosts!
Eastern State Penitentiary
A prison which is also one of the most haunted places on earth! This notorious prison was built in 1829 to implement the Pennsylvania System of solitary confinement for life and it led to insanity among the inmates. Several paranormal scientists have reported plenty of negative energies, cold spots and unexplained phenomenon.
The White House
The most famous residence and the official residence of the most powerful man in the world – The President of United States, is also the most haunted mansion in USA! It has been the official residence of every president since 1800, when President John Adams first moved into the house. It is believed that every room and corner contains history along with spirits of former residents of the mansion including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler and many more. Several sightings in the past were reported by Winston Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight Eisenhower; First Ladies Jacquie Kennedy and Ladybird Johnson; and presidential children Susan Ford and Maureen Reagan. So, if you have the urge to meet any of the legendary American Presidents or their spirits, do visit the White House!