Travel to all the scariest places in the world from Hashima Island to the Stanley Hotel you won’t believe how insane they really are.
10. Hashima Island
Japan’s Hashima Island located about 9.3 miles from Nagasaki was a coal mining site between 1887 and 1974 and also functioned as a prisoner of war camp. Also referred to as Battleship Island, region reached its peak population in 1959 when about 5,259 people inhabited the island.
Hashima quickly became a deserted island in the 1960s after petroleum replaced coal as a source of fuel. Now known as the Ghost Island, it opened up to visitors in 2009 with sightseeing boat trips.
9. The Hill Of Crosses
In the 1830s, Lithuania established a Catholic pilgrimage site which now holds nearly 100,000 giant crucifixes. Pope John Paul II described it as a place for love, hope, and peace.
However, even the most religious of people would think twice about spending a night on the island surrounded by the crosses.
8. Castle of Good Hope
South Africa’s Castle of Good Hope is the country’s oldest structure. It was a prison for several years that followed its construction in the 17th century. Inmates went through torture and abuse during incarceration of the facility.
Guards presently manning the facility still say that they often hear chilling screams that they believe are coming from the ghosts of former inmates.
Legends about Helltown keep on mounting and perhaps encouraging thrill seekers to visit the Ohio village. Locals abandoned the houses after the US National Park services compulsorily purchased them. Many theorized that it was an attempt to conceal a mutant monster formed after a chemical spill.
Legend also has it that Satanists perform night-time rituals in the area’s woods. Other claims allege that the village cemetery is haunted.
The Derbyshire village of Eyam became popular during the 1665 plague. The villagers decided to isolate themselves instead of risking to spread the infection to neighboring communities.
The village allegedly has several haunted locations including Eyam Hall where the drowning of a young servant girl took place. There have also been several accounts of unexplained footsteps heard at the Miners Arms pub.
5. Edinburgh Castle
Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle is just but one of Europe’s many haunted historic sites. However, legend has it that the castle is home to a headless drummer, spectral dog, and a phantom piper.
Scientists had to put the claims to the test, and in 2001, they used night-vision and thermal imaging equipment to conduct a 10-day survey. 240 volunteers also took part in the scientific study and half claimed that they saw ghosts or other spooky phenomena. The Edinburgh ghost tour treats visitors to visits to underground vaults and creepy cemeteries.
4. Stanley Hotel
Stephen King’s penned down one of his wildly chilling masterpieces The Shining after staying at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. The ghost of Lord Dunraven allegedly haunted hotel’s Room 418. Staff report hearing sounds of children playing around the corridors late at night and piano music filling the empty ballroom.
It only takes a viewing of the similar-titled movie to visualize what the staff and visitors go through at night.
3. Village Of Dolls
Much like Mexico’s Island of Dolls, Japan’s Village Of Dolls rose in the 2000s to pay homage to the departed. Tsukimi Ayana returned to the Nagoro village only to realize that the local people had died or either moved away. She started making dolls which she placed around the town in honor of the people.
The village currently has about 400 dolls including a classroom filled with life-sized figurines of children at one of the village’s abandoned schools.
2. Sky Lodges And Hanging Hotels
If the prospect of crossing China’s glass-bottomed bridge does not sound scary enough, how about spending a night in a see-through pod dangling on the side of a cliff. The Peruvian Andes provide such an opportunity with the frightening see-through abodes overlooking the Sacred Valley.
A 400-foot ladder gives the climbing enthusiasts the opportunity to scale the cliff up to their sleeping quarters. If climbing does not tickle your fancy, then a zip line is readily available to whisk you to your dangling room.
1. The Railway
Thailand’s Burma Railway also called the Railway stretches out between Bangkok and Myanmar running over the Kwai River. During construction, it claimed the lives of thousands of slaves due to unhygienic conditions and other epidemics.
Claims of hauntings followed decades after till now with accounts of laborers roaming the stretch of the tracks. Daring tourists often brave the route and take walks over the now deserted bridge.