Taman Festival Bali Ghost Town is an abandoned amusement park at Padanggalak Beach, north of the Sanur main hub. The site is often referred to as one of Bali’s very few ‘ghost towns’. Being located on a remote coast that’s far away from the main Sanur crowds adds to its eeriness. The theme park closed shortly after opening in 1997, due to marketing and financial difficulties. It also saw legal battles over its land use. You can easily visit and explore the park grounds though. No plans are underway for its resurrection, so we believe it will be around for a while yet for interesting urban exploration.
Exploring Taman Festival Bali
Taman Festival Bali is at the end of the Jalan Padanggalak beach road and nearby the rocky coast. From the front, you’ll easily see the park’s deserted main entrance gates, ticket booths, and some of its empty cafeterias. Its deteriorated main buildings with partly collapsed roofs all make for a creepy atmosphere, even in broad daylight. Dense foliage and creeper vines have grown over broken windows and ornamental stone figures loom over the open spaces, making it a great post-apocalyptic setting to test your nerves. The locals believe long-abandoned sites like this become ‘occupied’ by lost spirits. One thing is for sure, extra care must be taken around these gradually failing structures.
Nevertheless, the Taman Festival Bali ghost town is a favourite location for photographers looking for a desolate or ominous setting. You can explore more of its front and central grounds. There’s a Turbo Theatre and several dining outlets with crumbling walls covered in graffiti art, dust, and moss. Large statues and ornamental figures around the courtyards and throughout its open spaces now stand under dense vines and foliage. Most of the grounds are reachable by foot. However, a network of dirt trails wind throughout the rear grounds, which are better explored by motorbike. Like the main grounds, extra caution must be taken when wandering these quieter areas.
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Taman Festival Bali Ghost Town
- Location: Jalan Padanggalak No.3, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur