ONLY in BANGKOK: Top Weirdest Tourist Attractions must to Visit
Bangkok is a city in Thailand rich with contrasts, contradictions and juxtapositions. Among its vibrant shopping malls, skyscrapers and hotels, you’ll find many kooky, crazy, or downright bizarre tourist attractions.
If you think you’ve seen all that Bangkok has to offer, it’s time to immerse yourself in some innumerable oddities during your visit.
Read on for our list of weirdest places to see in Bangkok, most of which you can easily reach by train or taxi.
1. Siriraj Medical Museum
|Siriraj Medical Museum (Photo: Tripadvisor)|
If your vision of a museum is pretty shiny displays of cultural artifacts, then perhaps it’s best to give this one a miss. The Siriraj Medical Museum is a morbid and unusual treasure trove of pathological, forensic, parasitological, and anatomical specimens. There are actually six museums in the hospital complex; a museum of pathology, a forensics museum, a museum of the history of Thai medicine, a parasitology museum, an anatomical museum, and a prehistoric museum. On display are bones, preserved organs, pathological fetuses, a mummified corpse of a notorious serial killer, parasitic worms, a two-and-a-half-foot-wide scrotum removed from a man afflicted with elephantiasis, the remains of a cannibal, and a traditional Thai medicine shop. This collection is bound to peak the average curiosity but it is advised to avoid it if you are squeamish. It’s recommended those that wish to take the plunge and check out the museums-with-a-difference to come prepared with a strong stomach.
Siriraj Medical Museum, 2 Wanglung Road Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 419 2600
2. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden
|The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden (Photo: Pinterest)|
“Welcome to Hell!” reads the sign as you enter the Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden. Take a leisurely stroll through grotesque depictions of torture inflicted on those who go to Buddhist hell. You’ll see sinners boiled in copper cauldrons, being torn apart by hell’s dogs, and emaciated sinners with protruding ribs to name but a few of the sites’ ‘attractions’. Throughout the garden are signs eluding that if your good deeds outweigh your bad, you can avoid going to hell and therefore not live the terrifying scenes before your eyes.
The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, Soi 19, Tambon Saen Suk, Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri, Thailand, +66 89 690 3914
3. Mummy of Luang Pho Dang
Another slightly unusual attraction at Wat Khunaram on Ko Samui is a self-mummified monk who died over 20 years ago while meditating. Luang Pho Dang still sits today in a well-preserved lotus position, but adorns sunglasses where geckos have slowly eaten away at his eyes. Geckos also use his body cavities to lay their eggs. Thai people come from far and wide to pay respect to the deceased monk, according to Culture trip.
Wat Khunaram, Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
4. Bangkok Airplane Graveyard
|Bangkok Airplane Graveyard (photo: CNN)|
A quirky and surprisingly cultural place to visit is the Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok. This yard is not only home to an abandoned 747, two smaller MD-82 planes and old plane parts, it is also a makeshift home to a small community of Thai families. The yard is owned by a local businessman who sells off plane parts for scrap. Although the interior of the planes have been stripped of seats, paneling, entertainment screens and overhead luggage compartments, old in-flight magazines, oxygen masks, and life vests can be seen littered around the yard.
The planes that were once used to transport passengers around Thailand now provide shelter and an income for the families who reside there. They would otherwise be on the street and are able to make money by bringing items to a nearby recycling station and by charging tourists an entrance fee to tour the compound.
5. Giant dragon tower at Wat Samphran
|Giant dragon tower at Wat Samphran (Photo: Pinterest)|
Wat Samphran has a massive dragon sculpture that’s coiled around its 17-storey cylindrical tower. The head of the giant dragon is visible from a distance. Located 40 km west of Bangkok, it’s worth taking a short trip to this unusual shrine.
Mu 7, 92/8 Sam Phran, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom 73110
6. Sathorn Unique Tower (Ghost Skyscraper)
|Ghost Skyscraper (Photo: Elite Readers)|
Sathorn Unique Tower is a 50-storey unfinished building that remained abandoned since the 1997 economic crisis. It has a strong resemblance with the neighbouring State Tower skyscraper, with its typical round balconies and Roman columns. After several creepy incidents (including a suicide), Sathorn Unique attracts daredevils looking to explore the delipidated structure, according to Go Guide.
There are several superstitions surrounding the building held by people in the nearby communities. Some believe the building is haunted, as the land upon which it sits is probably a former graveyard. Others believe the location of the building, whose shadow is cast upon the neighbouring Wat Yan Nawa, to be inauspicious, resulting in its failed completion.
Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10330
7. Museum of Human Body
|Photo: Bangkok Post|
|The Museum of Human Body at Chulalongkorn University is a weird and amazing exhibition of 14 dissected human bodies from Japan. Some might think this is a really creepy idea, but it's a popular stop for those who are fascinated by human anatomy. Located inside the Faculty of Dentistry building, the museum also serves as an educational exhibit. |
34 Thanon Henri Dunant, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
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