Exploring Vietnam's Abandoned Water Park Turned Tourist Attraction

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Exploring Vietnam's Abandoned Water Park Turned Tourist Attraction

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Vietnam The Ho Thuy Tien Water Park — in all its decrepit glory.

By Leslie Nguyen-Okwu

After more than a decade of neglect, the crumbling remains of Ho Thuy Tien sit abandoned, like the discarded skin of a snake.

Back in the early 2000s, developers from the Hue Tourism Company hoped to make a splash with the $3 million water park, but after four long years of construction, funding dribbled to a halt. The doors never opened, and today, this long-forgotten playground looks like a spine-tingling scene out of Jurassic Park.

“I spent 10 minutes looking at empty fish tanks with no sense of irony,” says Joey Donovan, a wayfaring British tourist who’s visited Hồ Thuỷ Tiên a handful of times. He sees the water park as emblematic of Hue’s “broader malaise,” a one-time imperial city now struggling with economic woes and brain drain: “

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