Now as quiet as a grave – Gone, these 5 tourist attractions used to be super busy

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – There are a number of abandoned tourist attractions that used to be busy with visitors. In fact, if you look at it with the naked eye, it seems as if the tourist attraction has changed its function to become a horror tourist attraction.

There are indeed a number of factors that cause this to happen. One of them is the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the world in 2020, causing the amusement park business to decline.

The following are a number of tourist attractions that were once busy and popular, but are now as quiet as graves:

1. Elephant Village

The Kampung Gajah Wonderland tourist attraction located in West Bandung Regency has been closed since 2017 due to bankruptcy. The area was left abandoned.

As a result, this unique amusement park that was a hit in its time now looks unkempt and haunted. This is no doubt used by horror-loving tourists to hunt for photo spots there.

This 60 hectare family tourism area used to be lined with elephant statues on the side of the road as icons. This place also offers rides and a water recreation park.

2. Snowbay Water Park

This water park destination located in the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah area was forced to stop operating after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and TMII was officially taken over by the government.

When it was still operating, Snowbay Water Park was very busy with people visiting because it had complete play facilities. Among them, the two most famous rides are the Hurricane slide and Cool Running.

Photo: Housing Development Project which was Formerly a Game Park, Aladin Waterpark. (CNBC Indonesia/ Muhammad Sabki)
Vehicles pass in front of a housing development area in GDC, Depok, West Java, Tuesday (10/8). This water recreation park, which was previously Aladin Waterpark, went out of business and was replaced by the construction of a new cluster. (CNBC Indonesia/ Muhammad Sabki)

3. Depok Fantasy Waterpark

Depok Fantasi Waterpark or also known as Aladin Waterpark reportedly had to close after being hit by the impact of the pandemic. This pioneering water recreation park in the city of Depok, West Java has even been razed to the ground because it will be converted into a housing complex.

In fact, before it was closed, Aladin Waterpark, which was founded in 2008, was always busy with visitors, especially small children. With a Middle Eastern feel, this large water park has a variety of rides ranging from high water slides, fountains, spilling buckets, and others.

4. Bali Festival Park

If in the past the Bali Festival Park was busy with local and foreign tourists, now this recreational object is more popular as a photo spot for abandoned places. The vines, bushes and graffiti that fill the place give it an eerie but still exotic feel.

Located not far from Sanur Beach, Bali, this place was claimed to be a popular festival park at that time. However, due to the crisis, Festival Park had to close down in 1999 even though it had only been open for two years.

Interestingly, after being abandoned, the Bali Festival Park actually became a horror tourist location because of its tense atmosphere. In fact, visitors who want to go on a horror tour here are charged IDR 10 thousand for one entry.

Condition of the abandoned Wonderland Elephant Village in 2019. (Yudha Maulana/detikcom)Photo: Condition of the abandoned Wonderland Gajah Village in 2019. (Yudha Maulana/detikcom)
Condition of the abandoned Wonderland Elephant Village in 2019. (Yudha Maulana/detikcom)

5. Surabaya Youth Park

Surabaya Youth Park once became the pride of Surabaya residents. Visitors can enjoy the 20 rides there. Now, this amusement park, which was founded in 1971, has been closed by the local city government because cooperation with the management has run out.

The existence of Surabaya Youth Park has indeed ended since 2018. However, according to testimony from local residents, they still like to hear the sound of crowds and the sound of music from TRS at night, which seems to come back to life.

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