SPOOKY URBAN ADVENTURE
A guide to Bali Most Scariest Places
1. Taman Festival
Taman Festival is a large amusement park in Sanur that was never completed. Since the park – and its crocodile pit – was abandoned 14 years ago, it has literally crumbled, a sad reminder of an abandoned potential that was never realized.
Now, with shaky buildings threatening to fall at any moment, missing roofs and treacherous steps, locals refer to the old park as a “ghost town”. But it’s not just about the possible wandering spirits that will leave your hair standing in fear. Rumor has it that the crocodiles left in the park eventually resorted to cannibalism, so if you ever visit, do take special care to avoid the old crocodile pit and pools filled with polluted, black water.
2. Ghost Palace Hotel
Originally a project initiated by the son of Indonesia’s second president, Tommy Suharto, the construction of the Taman Rekreasi Bedugul Hotel was inexplicably halted after the terrorists’ bomb attacks in 2002.
For the past 12 years, the half-completed hotel has been slowly rotting away. And even now, no one can say for sure why it is so. In fact, Taman Rekreasi Bedugul was almost ready for its opening day – toilets had been installed, and it’s even furnished with beds and an elegant reception area. One thing’s for sure: if the hotel has ever seen a single customer, it’s definitely not a living one.
After all, it has even been dubbed as the “Ghost Palace Hotel”.
3. Trunyan Cemetery
The people of Trunyan village have a strange way to treat their dead. Instead of cremating or burying the dead people they just lay it down under the Big banyan tree surrounded by the bamboo cages to protect if from animals because somehow the bones are missing and the suspect is the monkeys who roam in the forest. The mysterious thing began after it, the smell of the dead people is gone, covered by the fragrance of Taru Menyan tree which growing next to it.
Taru means tree and Menyan means ‘smelling sweet/scent’, the name of Trunyan village also derives from those words.
After only the bones left, then the skull is placed on the stone altar. The women of Trunyan village are forbidden from the cemetery when there is a newly dead body placed in, they believe if there is a woman goes there, it will bring a big disaster for the village such as volcano eruption or landslide. Besides that, they also believe, if the dead people burned, it would cause a big problem for the volcano.
- Abstain from speaking disrespectfully, let alone talking dirty. Prohibition of being rude.
- It is forbidden to bring any items in the grave area for you to take home
- Do not take human skulls that are lined up in the burial area, be it just curious or selfie photos, without permission.
4. Abandoned temple in Karangasem
Perched on a hill and surrounded by dense greenery in the village of Tista, this temple is a mystery that no one has been able to solve. With statues and stairways almost completely covered with moss and cobwebs, the temple has lay forgotten for decades – nobody knows the exact name of this once-sacred place.The majestic stone gods and guardians that may have once offered consolation and courage to devoted followers now serve as eerie reminders of the past.