March in my 2019 Atlas Obscura Calendar shoots us over to Hồ Thuỷ Tiên Water Park, five miles outside the nearest town, Hương Thủy, within Vietnam’s dense jungles. Opened while only partially completed in 2004, the water park enjoyed a few years of happy visitors, then closed only a few years later. In its heyday, it featured water slides, numerous statues, and aquariums full of sharks, rays, fish, and crocodiles. After its closure, the park was abandoned and remains to this day, gathering decay, algae, vandalism, and wildlife. Cows now happily graze open the vegetation that readily overtook the crumbling ruins. In addition to the park, the live crocodiles were also abandoned and survived, choosing to inhabit the park as wild animals instead of as attractions. While the water park was considered a multimillion dollar failure, its current post apocalyptic ruinous charm attracts many eager visitors!
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