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This Abandoned Japanese Theme Park Is The Strangest Place You'll See Today

Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park in Japan was left to ruin after the owners closed it down in 2001.

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At the centre of the park lay a giant model of the novel’s titular character, Lemuel Gulliver, tied to the ground - a vivid imagining of the famous scene where he is captured by the tiny people of Lilliput.

The park was built next to Mount Fuji near Aokigahara - Japan’s famous ‘suicide forest’ - and close to the former headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo, the religious cult responsible for 13 deaths in the Tokyo sarin nerve gas attack of 1995.

He said: “The giant Gulliver was unreal. Entering the grounds I didn’t see him right away, then as I delved deeper into the park he suddenly loomed out of the landscape.

Aokigahara is the second most popular suicide spot in the world after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. More than 500 people are known to have taken their lives in the forest since 1950.

The nearby village of Kamikuishki was home to the terrorist organisation Aum Shinrikyo, which still has more than 1,000 adherents worldwide.

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It was used as a base for the production of nerve gas in the Tokyo subway attack.

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