Abandoned Theme Park in Hue Ranks Among World’s Top 10 Most Captivating Parks

CNN has included the dragon-themed Thuy Tien Water Park on the outskirts of Hue in central Vietnam in its list of the 10 most fascinating theme parks that have closed down permanently.


The amusement park opened in 2004, but unfortunately it closed down just a few months later due to financial difficulties.

It has since remained abandoned, yet its eerie and desolate appearance is a source of fascination for many foreign tourists.

Due to its severe deterioration, local authorities have barred people from entering it for safety reasons.

Photo: dulich3mien
Photo: dulich3mien

“Nowadays, the decaying dragon, water slides, and other features of an unofficial tourist attraction look more like ruins from a thousand years ago than a 21st-century attraction,” CNN reported.

Recently, authorities have been exploring the possibility of renovating the park at a cost of VND20 billion ($860,000), transforming it into a public tourist attraction. By doing so, they aim to provide a public space where people can come to relax, enjoy nature, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The renovation will no doubt attract more tourists and bring in more revenue to the local economy.

Other names on the list are Yongma Land in South Korea, Nara Dreamland in Japan, Mimaland in Malaysia, and Berliner Spreepark in Germany.

Why was Thuy Tien water park closed?

Photo: Hoang Hy
Photo: Hoang Hy

Thuy Tien Park was officially opened to the public in 2004, despite the fact that it was not yet finished. Visitors were still able to explore the park’s lush greenery and admire the beautiful scenery that it had to offer. The park has since been completed and expanded, offering an even more enjoyable experience for visitors.

However, after being put into operation, the park became degraded, inefficient, and eventually was abandoned.

Since then, Thuy Tien Lake has become severely degraded, with its structure crumbling and becoming covered in moss. The once-beautiful site has been decimated, its natural beauty long gone.

Photo: VinWonders
Photo: VinWonders

Moving from the city center to Thuy Tien’s abandoned water park is easy for tourists. Taking a taxi is the quickest way to get there, with the journey taking just 25 minutes. Alternatively, tourists can choose to drive or ride a motorbike. This will take around 40 to 50 minutes.

When choosing a personal vehicle, take the route from Le Duan Street to Da Vien Bridge. Then, take a right turn onto Le Ngo Cat Street and left onto Minh Mang Mausoleum. After that, follow the road signs for about 1 kilometer until you reach Thien An Hill. Once there, you will find a parking lot in the foothills. Park your vehicle here and continue on foot to the lake.

Admire the giant dragon sculpture

The Giant Dragon Sculpture at Thuy Tien Lake is a sight to behold. Its majestic form, wrapped in moss and dust, has been meticulously crafted, giving it a mysterious air that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. This captivating scene has inspired many photographers to capture its beauty in their art.

Photo: VinWonders
Photo: VinWonders

This architecture has two attractive features: the Dragon’s Head and Tail. The Dragon’s Head is the highest point of the water park, providing visitors with a stunning panoramic view of the lake and the nearby hill. The Tail, on the other hand, was designed as a cool hut, complete with concrete seats for visitors to take a break.

Capture the moment and take photos of the drawing wall here! It’s full of odd and strange drawings from visitors, and makes for a unique background for your photos.

Go inside and explore the abandoned aquarium

Explore the eerie atmosphere of Thuy Tien Lake’s abandoned water park, and delve deeper into the aquarium area. Be aware of the thick grass that will brush against your feet as you pass through. Let the mysteriousness of the place capture your imagination and experience the unique atmosphere.

Photo: Alodi
Photo: Alodi

Inside the large building is a haunting reminder of what was once a famous aquarium. The air is filled with a sense of desolation, as broken fish tanks, overgrown plants, and crumbling walls create an eerie atmosphere. It’s almost like stepping into a horror movie, the kind where you expect a ghost to appear at any moment. The only thing missing is a creepy soundtrack to complete the scene.

Due to its cold and dark color palette, the scene of an abandoned water park is undeniably eerie; however, it also lends a unique charm to the setting.

Wander around the lake and the stadium for the dancing fountain

The stadium situated at Thuy Tien Lake was truly remarkable and grand, with its seating area designed for up to 2,500 people. It was meant to provide the perfect backdrop for musical-on-the-water performances. Unfortunately, years of abandonment have taken their toll on the faded, moss-covered seats.

Standing atop the raised seats, the vast landscapes below are a sight to behold. Coconut trees cast their lonely shadows across the blue sky, creating a captivating contrast between man-made constructions and the raw vitality of nature. Frightening and exciting in equal measure, the scene is truly mysterious.

Charlotte Pho