Many of us love to travel. The world is full of amazing places to discover and things to learn. Millions of tourists visit popular tourist attractions around the globe every year, but some travelers prefer destinations that offer weird, thrilling and offbeat experiences for an unforgettable adventure. When next you seek an eccentric tourist destination to visit, here is the list of ten unique tourist destinations from around the world that would remain genuinely memorable for a very long time after your trip.
The Giant Gundam Robot – Tokyo, Japan
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The massive statue is an iconic anime of the Gundam robot, based on the 2010 Japanese anime series. The giant model has two transformation modes; the “Unicorn mode” with a unicorn-like horn feature on its head and the “Destroy mode” that emits pink or green lights. The Gundam robot transforms from Unicorn to Destroy multiple times a day. During the light shows, the robot moves along to its various series of theme songs emanating from the speakers.
The World’s Largest Chest of Drawers – North Carolina, USA
The world’s largest chest of drawers is formerly known as the “Bureau of Information” in the town of Hight Point, Carolina. The gigantic, 40-foot tall dresser was built in 1996 by the High Point Chamber of Commerce to attract the attention of High Point’s historic furniture-building and hosiery industry and succeeded. The massive chest of drawers earned the status as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World” and attracted many international furniture makers.
The building of the giant-sized chests has been often used as a marketplace for furniture, conference, storage space. High Point is currently home to dozens of furniture retail stores, Furniture Discovery Center and even to the world’s largest furnishing industry trade show. The colossal chest is undoubtedly a high point of the town.
Upside Down House – Shanghai, China
At the Fengjing ancient town in Jinshan district, east of Shanghai, an upside-down two-story wood house designed by the Polish architects and constructed by the local workers to become a major tourist attraction. The bizarre upside-down house was created to lure more tourist to the town known for designing rural paintings. The interior layout of the property even has all of its furniture, bathroom, and bedrooms placed upside down.
When the upside-down house finally opened its doors to the public, it attracted thousands of visitors, many of whom have experienced the dizzy feeling of the disorienting upside-down furnishing and sloping floors. China is not the only country with an upside-down house. There are similar upside-down houses in California, Florida, Indiana, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
Glass Slipper Church – Taiwan
In Budai township, Chiayi County, Taiwan, a glass church in the shape of a high-heeled shoe was constructed by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area in a bid to lure female tourists to the southern region. The glittering blue shoe-shaped building is made up of 320 tinted glass panels and 1,269 steel rods and is 55 feet tall by 36 feet wide. The design was inspired by a local story of a 24-year-old girl who was one of the people who suffered from the Blackfoot disease, a horrible epidemic that erupted on the southwestern coast in the 1950s.
Along with many other women, she was forced to have both of the lower portions of her legs amputated leading to the cancellation of her engagement. She ended up spending the rest of her life alone in the church. The high shoe-shaped church was built in her memory and is used only for pre-wedding photo shoots, weddings, and ceremonies. The interior of the church has 100 female-oriented features that include love seat benches, maple leaf decorations, biscuits and cakes that will act as props for wedding-related photographs.
Steepest Street – Dunedin, New Zealand
Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, is the steepest road in the world at a 35% grade. After being awarded the world’s steepest residential street world record by the Guinness World Records, Baldwin Street continues to draw in thousands of tourists to visit Dunedin every year. Instagram and social media photos have made it significantly popular for visitors as well as a destination for multiple daredevil challenges.
When the city of Dunedin was first designed and constructed, the urban planners in London laid out the streets in a grid pattern on top of the map with no consideration of the actual terrain. Since the street is too steep, it is surfaced with concrete instead of asphalt because the tar in the asphalt would flow down the slope during the summer days. The residential street has become a popular tourist attraction, with many visitors sharing their photos of houses taken on the street with odd angles that create the optical illusion of being severely lopsided or sinking.
Underground Amusement Park – Turda, Romania
Salina Turda is home to one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world. Situated 400-feet below the earth’s surface, the centuries-old salt mine was formerly used as a bomb shelter during World War II before becoming a cheese storage center. It was then converted into a unique amusement underground park, history museum, and spa. Its attractions include Ferris wheel, billiard tables, ping-pong, miniature golf course, amphitheater, bowling alley, and an underground lake. The underground park also has a playground for children and a host of fairground rides.
In 1992, the salt mine was opened to the public, and its incredible attraction as an underground theme park draws in around 600,000 visitors a year. The salt mine is free of allergens and bacteria because of the constant temperature of about 12 degrees Celsius with humidity of 80%. The moisture and ionized air of the cavern offer halotherapy, a treatment that improves the ability to breathing ability and also serves as a remedy for tourist with allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mosaic House – Chartres, France
La Maison Picassiette is one of the world’s unique homes because it is decorated with millions of pieces of broken glasses, potteries, porcelain, ceramics and bottle caps that were intricately put together into glittering mosaics. Raymond Isidore, the original owner of the cottage, was inspired to decorate his little house in mosaic after being mesmerized by the shimmering colors of several pieces of glasses, porcelain, and pottery during his walk in the field in 1938. Isidore dictated most of his life decorating every corner of his home in mosaic with a pile of colorful fragments he had collected.
His first work was covering the interior walls of his house with colorful patterns of flowers and birds. The surfaces that were not obscured in the mosaic were painted with flora and fauna or sun-bathed vistas. After finishing filling all the walls with artworks, he continued his decorations to the floors, ceilings, and even every furniture. He also ended up decorating his gardens, pathways, and gates. Isidore spent 30 of his years of covering his entire house with mosaics and died two years later on September 7, 1964. His house became recognized as one of the world’s greatest buildings and became a very popular tourist spot.
Temple of Rats – Rajasthan, India
Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan is famous for housing more than 20,000 rats. Inside the temple, the rats are considered holy and are worshipped. The “holy shrine” was dedicated to Goddess Karni Mata, a reincarnation of Goddess Maa Durga. According to the local folklore, there are tales stories about the rats. Laxman, the son of Karni, had drowned in a pond when he attempted to drink from it. Karmi Mata asked, Yama, the god of death, to revive her son. At first, Yama refused, but then he eventually relented and blessed Laxman and all of Karni’s male children and their descendants to be reincarnated as rats.
In another popular legend believed the rats that lived in the temple used to be soldiers that came to Deshnok after deserting a nearby battle. Since desertion is considered a sin, Karni Mata spared them from the punishment of death when they decided to serve the goddess lifelong. Many people from across the country visit to worship and give offerings of food and drinks to the rats. Most of the devotee eat the food that has already been nibbled by the rats because it became holy. Many believe that if they did this, they would receive a special blessing and good luck.
Miniatur Wunderland – Hamburg, Germany
Miniatur Wunderland “Miniature Wonderland” is a model railway attraction in Hamburg, Germany. It has become the largest model train exhibit in the world and also one of Germany’s top tourist attraction. The exhibition of the Miniatur Wunderland attracts millions of visitors a year, and because of the popularity, the model railroad system continues to grow. The museum is sectioned into nine different countries and their impressive miniature versions made with great attention to detail. The production includes Hamburg, the mountainous German region of the Harz, the German town of Knuffingen, Knuffingen airport, the Austrian Alps, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and North America.
Visitors at the museum can experience both daylight and nighttime in the exhibitions, and there are over 200 push-buttons where visitors can witness realistic interactions of the miniature models that made entirely from a computer-controlled system. After 350,000 of euro investment, 364 days and 13,000 hours of construction, Miniatur Wunderland was showcased to the public in the concert hall of Elbe Philharmonic Hall on November 13, 2013.
Poopoo Land – Seoul, South Korea
Poopoo land is a fun and entertaining museum in Seoul, South Korea, where all of the activities and exhibitions are based on poop. The exclusive museum is meant to provide some educational information about the human body in a whole new level where visitors will have to go through the experience of becoming a poop while having a thrilling adventure of its three floor-space as a stimulated digestive system. The poop amusement park has some replicas of toilet bowls, 4-D paintings that are humorous, and displays of many kinds of toilet paper for guest to take some interesting and memorable photos during their visit.
On the second floor, the visitors can visit a gift shop that sells candies and a variety of unique souvenirs that are poop-inspired. On the upper levels of the museum, there is also a poop-themed café that offers desserts; appetizing delicacies served in a toilet-shaped bowl, and drinks. To exit the poop attraction, the guests will have to use the slide that brings them to the ground floor.