Bin Laden theme park: Five of the world's most bizarre amusement parks

With the 'Bin Laden theme park' in Pakistan going ahead, Yahoo! takes a look at five of the world's weirdest 'amusement' attractions.

Officials in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed want to build a giant theme park.

The 500-acre amusement park in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead, will feature fake waterfalls, restaurants, and a zoo.

The large compound where Bin Laden was killed was demolished after his death to prevent it becoming a shrine.

But work on the eight-year building project, which has a budget of £19.5m, will begin later this month.

With the 'Bin Laden theme park' going ahead, Yahoo! takes a look at five of the world's weirdest 'amusement' attractions.


LOVE LAND


This bizarre South Korean tourist attraction is far from family friendly.

Built nine years ago, it features 140 sculptures of sexual positions, along with hands-on exhibitions, sex education films on loop, and giant statues of genitals.

Unsurprisingly, the attraction, which is a hit with honeymooners, is for over-18s only.

Racy: A visitor interacts at Love Land in South Korea (Wikipedia)

THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE

A controversial theme park based on the life and times of Jesus Christ, this attraction in Orlando, Florida, recreates 1st century Israel for tourists.

The religious theme park features a Jerusalem market, Bible artifacts, and even a live 'reconstruction' of the crucifixion.

The park, which has over 40 exhibits, opened in 2001 and immediately drew protests from Jews, who claimed the park was trying to convert people to Christianity.

Up close: A live reconstruction at the Holy Land Experience (Wikipedia)

KINGDOM OF DWARVES

A theme park with very strict requirements of its employees, the 'Kingdom of Dwarves' in Guangzhou, southern China, only has staff who are under 4ft 3ins tall.

Also known as the 'Kingdom of the Little People', the park puts on live performances from its dwarf employees, who are aged between 19 and 48.

The 100 employees of the park all live in a nearby commune in specially-constructed houses.

During their performances, staff pretend to live in tiny 'mushroom' houses to entertain tourists.

The park was opened in 2009, but has received criticism from opponents who say it is like a 'human zoo'.

It's a small world: The Kingdom of Dwarves has faced heavy criticism (Reuters)

TOILET CULTURE PARK

In Suwon, South Korea, the city has opened what it describes as 'the world's first toilet theme park'.

The 'Restroom Cultural Park' displays Roman loos, European bedpans and everything in between in tribute to the humble lav.

It also gives visitors 'fun facts' about human waste, and has a large garden of squatting sculptures.

Sim Jae Duck, the park's brainchild who was later dubbed 'Mr Toilet', said the loo is a place of 'relaxation, purging and introspection'.

A visitor checks out the 'squatting sculptures' at the Restroom Cultural Park (BBC)

ISGYVENIMO DRAMA

A much darker attraction, this bizarre theme park in Lithuania allows tourists to experience life as a 1984 USSR citizen.

Visitors watch TV programs from 1984, wear gas masks, learn the Soviet anthem under stress, eat Communist food, and even undergo interrogation and health checks.

Located inside an actual bunker, it was meant to educate visitors about Lithuania's history during the Soviet Union.

Those who make it through the gruelling 'amusement' attraction are given a shot of vodka at the other end.