Thuy Tien Lake: Explore The Abandoned Water Park In Hue
Have you ever heard of the abandoned water park in Hue, Vietnam?
About 10 km from Hue city center to the Southwest, located on Thien An hill, Thuy Tien lake abandoned water park has become a spectacular destination for adventure seekers in Hue. Due to being no longer in use, the park evokes a feeling of ghostliness like stepping out from a horror film.
Explore the desolate and mysterious beauty of this park with this complete travel guide to Hue’s abandoned water park.
About Thuy Tien Lake – abandoned water park in Hue
Located in Huong Thuy town, Hue, Thuy Tien Lake has the area of 49ha wide and is surrounded by pine hills.
Thanks to the investment with a total capital of up to 74 billion VND by Hue tourism company, Thuy Tien park had a luxury restaurant area, aquarium, lake yacht, water park system, and a majestic water music stage with a capacity of 2,500 seats.
Why was Thuy Tien water park closed?
Thuy Tien Park was officially opened to welcome guests in 2004 even though it was not completed at that time.
However, after a while of putting into operation, the park was degraded, inefficient and eventually got abandoned.
Since then, Thuy Tien Lake has become devastated, and the structure is crumbling and covered with moss.
How to visit Hue’s abandoned water park
How to get to Thuy Tien Lake from Hue city center?
The easiest way to get to Thuy Tien lake water park is to download Maps.me, a detailed offline map with turn-by-turn navigation.
The map shows two entrances of Thuy Tien Lake, one with “Free entrance” and the other with “Entrance fee.” I tried the “Free entrance” path but could not find a way to get in, so I went to the other one instead.
To get to the entrance, you can follow Dien Bien Phu street from the city center, then turn right on Phan Boi Chau street when you see “Dien Tam Giao” square, and turn left immediately to Minh Mang street.
Keep driving on Minh Mang street until you see the path and turn right. It’s about 150 meters until you get to the gate.
How to get in the abandoned park in Hue?
After arriving at the Thuy Tien Lake, you must wonder how to get in as Thuy Tien water park is “officially closed” and signs are stating that it’s closed and doesn’t allow visitors.
So, can you get in Thuy Tien water park?
As it may surprise you, getting inside the park is quite easy. I was even shocked that there were quite a lot of visitors than I expected (I saw around a dozen people at that time).
Is there any entrance ticket for Hue’s abandoned water park?
There’s no entrance ticket because the park is closed, but unfortunately, you may need to pay a small fee to bribe the guards at the entrance.
Because I was a Vietnamese so he let me go to another path, but other foreigners had to go to a different way and pay a small fee (not much though, it was only 10,000 VND at the time, around $0.5).
My friends who came from Romania who later visited this park and they didn’t need to pay at all because their taxi driver talked to the guards.
One friend even tried to sneak the guard and ran to a different direction, so he didn’t have to pay the fee either.
So maybe you can try those ways if you aren’t comfortable with paying the bribe, but as the fee is considerably small, spending a bit is not much.
Things to see at Thuy Tien Lake abandoned water park
Although Thuy Tien Lake is no longer renovated and rebuilt, it now becomes a place for visitors to experience the horror and spooky atmosphere.
I guess this fountain was one of the main attractions in Thuy Tien Lake water park, and there was an occasional water show when the park was still open.
This area must have been a beautiful place to chill and relaxing.
Although Thuy Tien park is now abandoned, the paths are surprisingly lovely to walk around. Along the road are bushes and sometimes you can see stone statues.
The area around Thuy Tien Lake has dozens of beautiful sculptures, but many artworks have been deformed and drawn due to the lack of preservation.
The Aquarium with Dragon House
The aquarium with a beautiful dragon shape is the main structure of Thuy Tien lake abandoned water park.
The aquarium was once built elaborately but now becomes ruined, clinging to dust moss.
Entering the dragon, you can realize the substantial deterioration of the building with patchy areas, rusted and unused equipment, and rooms filled with dust and trash. Outside, the grass grows wild.
One of the most popular places to visit in Thuy Tien Lake water park is the part of the dragon mouth facing Thuy Tien lake.
From the dragon mouth, you can observe the panorama of Thien An hill and Thuy Tien lake. Quiet lake, lush green forest, and clear sky create a pleasant and memorable landscape.
The patchy wall is full of brush strokes covering with graffiti and names of visitors.
Viewed from above, the rusty spiral staircase looks very artistic.
The dragon’s body is also a unique work of art. It is now covered with dust, grass, and graffiti.
The aquarium used to have a crocodile farm with three crocodiles (the heaviest was 45kg, and the lightest was 35kg).
When Thuy Tien park was abandoned, they were still in the old place, so people had to write words to warn tourists.
Get out of the dragon, and you can admire the architecture of the dragon legs and dragon scales. We can see the effect of time and the elaborate investment of the building.
Follow this bridge you will be able to get to the water slides at the water park.
Located not far from the dragon house is the water park that was also abandoned. The sign that leads to the water park is now rusted.
Everything in Thuy Tien Lake water park is rusted, overgrown by plants and covered with moss.
The spiral staircases and the long old sliding bridges between wild forest trees make the park look more creepy.
Inside this billion-dollar park, all entertainment services have been shut down for a long time and become more and more severely damaged.
The water park area used to be modern, but it now becomes desolate and is covered with moss.
The Music Stadium
The water music stadium is also a monumental work in Thuy Tien lake park but now looks creepy and unsafe.
The entrance to the music hall is dilapidated and covered with grass. Graffiti can be found everywhere in the base of the stadium.
In particular, in the area of water music performances, the stage with the high capacity of 2,500 seats is covered with moss.
Walking a short distance from the stadium, you can see that the campus of the resort has been turned into a cow grazing ground for the local.
Seeing Thuy Tien abandoned water park was the highlight of my trip to Hue.
Even though there were more people as I expected, I still enjoyed wandering around the park and seeing how the time affected human buildings.
It was a bit scary sometimes, as I walked to places with no one surroundings and the sky was getting dark. I even got chased by an angry dog, and that was horrifying.
I was there for approximately 4 hours, but I would recommend spending more time at the Thuy Tien water park.
Also, the park is an ideal place to have a picnic with maybe have a picnic with your friends or lovers because the park is beautiful and enjoyable.
Overall, Thuy Tien lake abandoned water park is a great place to travel off-the-beaten-path in Hue.
Since it’s abandoned, you should watch out your steps and try to be careful as the constructions haven’t received maintenance for a long time.
Best places to stay in Hue
Staying at the center of Hue is the best option to visit the city as the attractions are quite near each other.
I stayed at Thanh An homestay, and it was convenient. The room was quite basic, but the location was great, and the host was friendly.