World never fails to surprise you. If we see then each and every corner of earth holds something mysterious or special for you which is silently waiting to be discovered. Also, there are some places on the planet earth that are so strange that they can leave you in awe. From a collection of phallic specimens to an island filled with decomposing baby dolls, these spots are sure to provide some rather unforgettable memories. Bored with the traditional theme parks, tourist traps and museums? Then do check out these unusual tourist attractions. These destinations need to be seen, shared and to be believed.
Bubblegum Alley, California
Located in a 21 metre-long passageway in downtown San Luis Obispo, Bubblegum Alley celebrates gum of all colours, shapes and flavours. The wall on both sides is full of bubblegum. History of the wall is still unknown but localites say that the gummy display was in full swing by the 1970s. Politicians and shop owners have tried to clean the alley but the gum continues to out-stick its critics and attract tourists. And that’s not all it has also been mentioned in the novel Mr. Monk On the Road by Lee Goldberg. Additionally the 1978 song “Take Me Down” by Weird Al” Yankovic also has reference to the alley.
Momufuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan
The first-ever instant noodles ‘Chicken Ramen’ was invented in 1958 by Momufuku Ando and there is another museum that is solely dedicated to him popularly known as Momufuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum or Cup Noodles Museum. We know it’s hard to believe but yes, it is a museum of noodles. Opened in 1999 the prime objective of this museum is to honour the culinary genius Mamafuku Ando. The museum provides information about the growth of the Instant Noodle industry and the Japanese food culture. Apart from this it also gives tourists a memorable instant noodle experience. Also don’t forget to visit the tasting room that has numberless products including the chance to sample flavours that you’ve probably never tried before.
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Here’s a creepy tourist attraction guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. Hidden amidst Mexico’s Xochimilco canals is the horrifying Isla de Las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls). At this remote resting place hundreds of decaying, mutilated dolls, their severed limbs and decapitated heads – eerily peer from the branches of the canal-side trees. Legend has it that over fifty years ago, the island's sole inhabitant discovered a drowned little girl in the canal. He was so distraught by this tragedy that he began to hang discarded dolls and their parts in the trees to please the dead child. Today the spooky dolls have become a bizarre tourist destination that attracts curious visitors from around the globe. Presently it is populated by decomposing baby dolls that hang from trees.
Yunessun Spa Resort, Japan
Looking for a wet, wild and wacky place to visit then Japan’s Yunessun Spa Resort is for you. Part water park, part relaxing retreat - Yunessun is not your typical oasis. Where else can you take a dip in your favourite beverage? That’s right… you can soak in a refreshing menu that includes green tea, wine, coffee or sake. A massive teapot and wine bottle hover over the spas, pouring out their rejuvenating elixirs. Just remember don’t drink and dive.
Prada in the Desert, Texas
Imagine driving along a rusty desert road where humans are less likely to be spotted and you come across a Prada store with an absolutely gorgeous-looking collection. Strange isn’t it? Situated on US Highway 90 from West Texas in the quaint little town of Valentine, this bizarre store has no door. Though it has windows in the front that displays only 20 left-foot shoes and six purses. The structure is permanently locked up and there are very few signs of life – unless you count the increasing population of moths.
Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey
Chez Galip Hair Museum is a unique museum located under a pottery shop in Turkey with walls and surfaces covered with locks of hair of more than 16,000 women. Sources suggest that a Turkish potter Galip Körükçü had kept a lock of hair of her friend as her memento after his separation with her. Every woman who heard his heartbreaking story visited his shop to offer her locks. Overall, the museum has more than 16,000 locks of different colours.
Paris Sewer Museum, France
In this very offbeat underground tour, you’ll get to explore the 19th century Paris sewers that give insights of the city from ancient times to the era of Belgrand. While walking in the underground tunnels you get to know about the water cycle and how the sewer system works etc.
We can definitely say that all the history buffs out there are likely to get fascinated. You may need to hold your nose too as the smell isn’t exactly like French perfume.
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