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Welcome to Thailand's Brutal NSFW Hell-Themed Horror Park

Hell is quite the popular tourist destination — and that's no metaphor. Thailand is a beautiful, culturally eclectic nation with several honest-to-goodness Hell-themed parks. The biggest of them all, Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, is a hotspot for visitors, for some reason. It may seem fun and quirky now, but take a peek at some of the brutal, borderline-NSFW photos of the place below and you may change your tune.

What the Hell(s)?

Hell is a popular concept across religions. For some, it's a place of eternal torture in the afterlife reserved for people who didn't quite play by the rules. For Buddhists, however, Hell is a type of waiting room before a soul is reincarnated and brought back for another crack at life. Oh, this purgatory-like version of Hell is a brutal torture zone too, don't worry. Called Naraka instead of "Hell," it's a series of Hells said to be temporary, but that waiting period before reincarnation can last hundreds of millions of years. There are different levels of Naraka, half of them cold and half hot. They range from the dark, frozen, skin-blistering Arbuda to the deepest level of Avici, where you're roasted in an oven for literally quintillions of years. We warned you this wouldn't be pretty.

"Welcome to Hell"

About an hour and a half outside of Bangkok sits the Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, a Naraka-themed park perfect for terrifying the whole family. Beyond the "Welcome to Hell" sign, you'll find an outdoor sculpture garden brimming with twisted life-size statues depicting incomprehensible scenes from the levels of Naraka. We're not sure how this R-rated garden (at least) exists in a space open to people of all ages, but, alas, it does. The sculptures show — get ready — people's hands getting chopped off, demons stirring a bloody human stew, people being eaten alive by a variety of humongous creatures, people getting impaled by the spikes of a larger-than-life cactus, people getting their guts torn out, and a host of other gruesome scenes that are probably best left unmentioned.

Scared Straight

Once you pass the "Welcome to Hell" sign and, for some reason, keep walking into the garden, you'll come across another sign reading "If you meet the Devil in this life, don't postpone merit-making which will help you to defeat him in the next life." And that brings us to the purpose of this whole godawful anti-wonderland of disturbing gore. The Wang Saen Suk panorama of pain, built in 1986, serves as warning to the living: You don't want to go to Naraka; Hell is not fun. Thais have an easy phrase to describe how to avoid — or land yourself in — Naraka: "Do good, get good. Do bad, get bad" (Tam dee, die dee. Tam chua, die chua). Simple enough, right?

Check out this blog post to see a whole slew of NSFW photos from the garden. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Welcome to the Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

WARNING: The images in this video may be NSFW and unsuitable for children.

Written by Joanie Faletto March 6, 2018

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