Erika Owen
June 01, 2016

If you've been to a theme park, you know that they're some of the liveliest places on Earth. How else can you describe a place filled to the brim with hyped-up children, thrill rides, and sugar-filled treats? For as much festivity you can find at a theme park on its peak day, you'll find just as much creepiness at a shuttered theme park. Photographers have been exploring abandoned amusement parks for years—there's the Wizard of Oz park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina; Seph Lawless's book, "Bizarro," featuring many vacant parks around the world, and Geauga Lake in Cleveland, Ohio, to name a few.

​Ho They Tien is another one to add to the list. The vacant park is located in a town called Hue, Huong Thuy in the North Central Coast of Vietnam. The park opened back in 2004, but it was only half completed when it first began welcoming guests. Needless to say, the park was not a success and was left to be slowly taken over by the surrounding nature. Many people still visit the site, although it isn't necessarily open to the public—the location is passed from adventurer to adventurer. In other words, we're not encouraging you to visit. After all, there are plenty of photographs to enjoy from those who have made the pilgrimage.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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