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This abandoned park in Japan is filled with 800 creepy statues

Really not the place you’d want to be in after sunset.

In 2016, photographer Ken Ohki stumbled upon an incredible yet eerie sight: an abandoned park that’s home to over 800 life-like statues.

The place, called The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues, is located in Japan’s Toyama prefecture. It was built by local businessman Mutsuo Furakawa, who filled it with nearly a thousand sculptures of Buddhist dieties, as well as statues of friend and family.

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

It’s said that Mutsuo spent about six billion yen (around US$54 million or AUS$74 million) to construct the garden in the late 1980s. However, it’s unknown why it fell into neglect and faded from memory for decades.

Originally intended as a place for relaxation, the park now gives off feelings of uneasiness and fear.

“You come to feel like something is moving every time you turn around,” said Ohki, who also described the garden as “chilling.”

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

If you’d like to visit, you won’t have to worry anymore about being alone with these strange lawn ornaments. Since its re-discovery two years ago, the place is now frequented by visitors.

CNN’s Great Big Story recently did a feature on the park. You can watch it in the video above.

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues

Via Great Big Story

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