5 Places Creepier Than Singapore During Hungry Ghost Festival

Mexico’s Island of Dolls (dailymail)
It’s the time of the year again when we are wary about what we say or pick up from the floor. Whether you’re a superstitious person or not, Hungry Ghost Festival plays a prominent part in Singapore‘s culture that we grew to accept. But can you imagine worshipping rats that carry diseases? What about an island in Mexico home to abandoned dolls whose eyes are said to follow wherever you go? /Shivers/ While not all are haunted by spirits or evil beings, the existence of these five creepiest places on earth is enough to send chills down our spine. Read only if you dare.

1. The Door to Hell, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan


The Door to Hell (The Huffington Post)


Nope, the Door to Hell is neither an aftermath of an alien invasion nor the devil from the depths of hell coming to human realm to claim sinned souls.
Door to Hell (Love These Pics)

In 1971, a group of scientists were tasked to set up a drilling rig in the middle of Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan. The ground however collapsed beneath the rig, spreading poisonous methane gas. In their state of panic, the scientists decided to set the crater on fire in hopes of burning off the gas.

Night view of Door to Hell (Reshareable)

Alas, their actions rip opened a hellish pit of vicious flames that has been burning for more than 40 years, resulting in the fearsome abyss of flames and boiling mud known as ‘The Door to Hell’.

2. Temple with Thousands of Rats, Karni Mata Temple, India

Yes, we mean rats — the furry animal with a long tail crawling in the drains. The mouse from Tom and Jerry.
Man praying Goddess Karni Mata (dailymail)

Legend has it that Karni Mata, the goddess of incarnation, attempted to bring her stepson back from the dead, only to be denied by the God of Death so she made a deal with Death, permitting all male descendants in her family to reborn as rats.

Rats in the temple drinking milk provided by worshippers (Slate)

Consider yourself lucky if you have the chance to drink water drank by the rats! Eating their leftovers or having one of the rats scurry across your feet is said to bring good fortune. Be careful when you’re walking around the temple; stepping on a rat accidentally and killing it is considered a sin and you’ll have to buy a gold or silver statue of a rat to atone for your sin.

Darn, these rats are everywhere! If you can’t stomach the sights of rats, why not set sail to relax and enjoy the canals around Vembanadu Lake instead?

3. Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Muñecas), Mexico

Dolls just hanging around (Isla de las Munecas)

Once upon a time, the island’s only inhabitant, Julian Santana Barrera, discovered a body of a drowned child with a doll mysteriously floating by the canal of Mexico. Haunted by her death, he started collecting dolls and hanging them on trees in what we now know as Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) as protection from further hauntings and to appease her tortured soul.

Welcome to the Island of Dolls Reddit

Visitors of the island swore they saw the eyes of the soulless dolls following their every movement and even whispering things to them.
Okay okay, so you don’t want to go anywhere near the dolls. We totally understand. Contemplate going on a Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour for a nature-filled adventure!

4. Catacomb, Paris

Who knew the City of Love is home to the world’s largest grave. Say what?!
Catacomb of Paris (Lonely Planet)

The underground ossuary was founded when cemeteries in the past Paris were faced with over-flooding. Till date, the catacomb holds the remains of more than six million past mortals.

The inside of Catacomb (Tourist Destination)

Measured to be approximately 280 kilometres long, only a small portion of the catacomb is opened to public. In case you have any funny ideas, it is illegal to explore the other parts of the catacomb. Breaking the laws should be the least of your worries anyway — once you wander off from the main group, you may never find your way back and may very well be on your way to be a permanent resident in the catacomb

Because visitor numbers are restricted to 200 at any single time, there will be a queue snaking outside of the entrance.

5. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses (America Pink)

The Hill of Crosses was declared as a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice by Pope John Paul II in 1993. It was believed that the first cross was placed just after the 1831 November Uprising and over the years, statues of Virgin Mary, Lithuanian patriots, effigies and rosaries were brought here by Catholic pilgrims.

Hill of crosses at dusk (dailymail)

Though declared as a place of hope, standing in the Hill of Crosses with more than 100,00 crosses doesn’t sound very inviting. Imagine the huge crosses looming over you at night, woah… No, thank you!Which of these five creepiest place to visit on earth is your favourite? Our pick is Mexico‘s Island of Dolls — can you imagine walking among the dolls while they whisper evil nothings to you? Don’t forget to bring your cross, talisman, onion and garlic. Better safe than sorry!