In the tourist area of the Sanur district, you can find Taman Festival Park. In the past, it was a themed amusement park for the whole family, featuring rides, safaris, carousels, a reptile park with crocodiles, turtles, snakes, and lizards, an open-air amphitheater, and laser shows.
The park was opened in 1997 and closed in 2000. There are various versions as to why it closed. Often, it is mentioned that the park went bankrupt during the economic crisis that occurred in 1998.
According to one version, expensive equipment for the laser shows was destroyed by a lightning strike, while another version suggests that the closure was the result of a series of unsuccessful development decisions. The truth may lie somewhere in between.
Now, the park can serve as a backdrop for a post-apocalyptic or horror film. Many of the buildings have rotted away, roofs have collapsed, and they appear eerie and frightening. Graffiti covers the walls.
Nature is reclaiming what was once a creation of human hands at an unprecedented pace.
Vines wrap around columns, and walls are covered in moss and fungi.
The park covers an area of over 10 hectares.
When the park opened, more than a hundred crocodiles and numerous land turtles were introduced here. After the park's closure, the animals were abandoned, and they continued to roam the park until 2008. After 2008, animal rights activists took away the remaining crocodiles. Rumors vary about their fate.
According to some Balinese locals, evil spirits roam here, and they kidnap people at night. According to another version, crocodiles still inhabit the park, hiding in the bushes and pits, and they may attack unsuspecting visitors.
Photographers enjoy conducting photoshoots here. However, ordinary local residents tend to avoid the park and prefer to steer clear of it.
At the entrance, there are local individuals collecting 10,000 rupiahs for entry into the park, even though it's abandoned.
There are many insects in the park. If you plan to visit, make sure to bring insect repellent and wear protective clothing.