Traveling around the world is not always rainbows and butterflies. There are some seriously creepy destinations out there many travelers wish they could unsee. We put together a list that highlights a few pretty dark and dreary destinations. Here are 6 honestly Creepy Destinations you may or may not want to miss.
1. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Located in northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a site of pilgrimage decorated with over 100,000 crosses. While the exact origin of the site is unknown, it is thought to have started during Bloody November, more commonly known as the November Uprising, 1830-1831. Families were sometimes unable to locate bodies of the deceased, and by way of remembrance began placing crosses where the hill fort previously stood.
2. The Catacombs of Paris
There aren't many things out there that are creepier than the remains of a dead corpse. Except, perhaps, the millions of remains located underground in Paris, France. Known as the Barrière d'Enfer, or Gate of Hell, the ossuary served as an artful solution to two major problems city officials were facing: cave-ins that began in 1974 and overflowing cemeteries. Remains from the overflowing cemeteries were used to reinforce a series of underground tunnels. These catacombs run bone-deep.
3. Nagoro, Japan
Nagoro Scarecrow Village will definitely scare the crows from fields, but it may also scare away the humans. This town has more scarecrows resembling humans than it does actual human inhabitants. What started this trend? Tsukimi Ayano began placing scarecrows around the town upon the passing of residents. Many of these life-sized dolls resemble people who have passed on, while others are just for fun. Yes, apparently it is real fun to make creepy life-sized dolls.
4. Jakarta, Indonesia
The slums in East Jakarta have a vibe like many other slums. That is, at first. The poor beg for money and the streets are littered with human waste. However, move through the streets and you may have once found small, uncoordinated beings approaching you. As they inched closer and closer, short chains extending from their neck to the hand of an adult revealed that they were treated more as a pet. Covering their faces were masks. Dirty, creepy doll masks.
Combined with the monkey's awkward movements and inhumane treatment, these shows created a more than creepy feel to the Jakarta slum.
Check out photos of these creepy Masked Monkeys here.
5. Aokigahara, Japan
Located at the base of Mount Fuji, Suicide Forest, or Sea of Trees, is a popular tourist destination known for being a suicide and ghost site. There have been over 200 hundred suicide attempts in Suicide Forest, making it one of the top three suicide sites in the world. The rate of suicides have Japanese officials placing signs at the forest's entry to help keep those entering the forest from taking their own lives.