Sometimes we’re only looking to travel the world, not for a vacation, but to look at strange things. The most bizarre, random and strange tourist attractions come in many different shapes and sizes, and they appear in unexpected spots all over the globe. Things that you might expect to find in someone’s basement, buried in their box of collectables, are on full display for the masses to witness.
Number Five: Wee’l Turtle – Dunseith, North Dakota. Nobody loves turtles and used tire wheel rims more than George Gottbrecht. In fact, he loved them both so much that he decided to combine the both of them to form a monument worthy of this list. George took every used tire wheel rim in his collection, which apparently was a high amount, to construct a massive turtle sculpture as an homage of sorts to Turtle Mountains State park which is close by. The Wee’l Turtle consists of 2,000 welded wheel rims, and apparently it looks fantastic wearing a giant santa hat in December.
Number Four: Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota. One of the strangest tourist attractions in America is located in South Dakota, and it is known as the Corn Palace or The World’s Only Corn Palace. Its name comes from the fact that the 120-year-old building is decorated completely with ears of corn. You’ll also notice the walls covered with intricate murals on the exterior, and new ones are put up each year. Sporting events, concerts and other community activities are held here on an annual basis.
Number Three: Karni Mata Temple – Rajasthan, India. Interestingly enough, the Karni Mata Temple is also known as the “rat temple.” Why is it called the rat temple? Well, currently there are about 20,000 of these little rodents scurrying throughout the place. A house of worship dedicated to the Indian sage Karni Mata, it’s been said that Mata would allow all male storytellers in her caste to be reincarnated as rats.
Number Two: Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden – Thailand. Nothing can be more calming than Buddhist statues, unless they are portraying bloody bodies and decapitated people. When you come to this little spot in Thailand, you will notice a sign that reads, “Welcome to Hell!” With that, you’ll also notice sculptures depicting sinners in various levels of Buddhist hell.
Number One: Isla de Las Munecas – Mexico. The Isla de Las Munecas in Mexico is also known as the “Island of the Dolls,” not surprisingly. If you have a young daughter or sister who scares easily, you could have a field day here. This little slice of Mexico City is said to be haunted by the spirit of a girl who died in a drowning accident. A doll was put there out of respect for the girl; however, hundreds more have since been placed there, and apparently they all whisper to each other at night.