By Josh Saunders
An urban explorer has revealed inside an abandoned theme park – which is now an overgrown jungle with people and dogs living inside.
The once popular Happy Child World attraction in Yangon, Myanmar, filled with colourful mechanical rides, bumper cars, an arcade and ball pits, has now been reclaimed by nature a mere six years since closing.
With the dilapidation sped up by the tropical climate, the structures now stand with chipped paint, rust, moss and plants ensnaring their way around the holds.
Urban explorer Bob Thissen, from Heerlen, the Netherlands, visited the site, based in the nation’s former capital, and witnessed people living there who were never asked to leave by authorities.
Bob also spotted countless dogs who he believed were in large numbers due to not being spayed.
He said: “Although this location is located in the former capital of Myanmar, you have the feeling of walking around in the jungle.
“You hear a lot of animals like monkeys because the zoo is next door.
“Because of the tropical climate the decay goes really fast and attractions get overgrown really fast.
“It was a really nice experience to walk around and find the attractions.
“It was also cool that the theme park was still completely intact and there were almost no tags.
“When the park was closed they didn’t even send away the employees.
“Normally attractions in Asia get sold to other parks, but in this case all the attractions and arcade games are still present.
“So the park closed and everything was simply left to decay.
“It was very remarkable to see people living inside an amusement park.
“In poor countries I’m used to see people living inside big buildings, but I never came across people in a theme park.
“They live in the small shops on the edge of the park. The rest of the park is completely abandoned.
“There are a large number of wild dogs roaming around in the park, because the dogs aren’t spayed.”
Bob has released a book to commemorate his journeys, entitled: ‘Exploring the Unbeaten Path – Documenting the Most Amazing Abandoned Locations Worldwide’.
This is the first volume he has released, which can be bought online for £36.
In the book there are more than 400 photographs taken in over 50 countries, as well as interactive links that connect back to the adventures on his YouTube series.
Bob said: “It shows people what kind of amazing locations are abandoned, what they leave behind, lost history and inspiration.
“There are also QR codes, where you can see the adventure behind the photo.
“Often it takes a lot of courage and effort to get inside these places before you can start taking photos.”
For more information visit: www.bobthissen.com