Taman Festival was an eight hectare amusement park built in 1997, featuring Bali’s biggest swimming pool, a 3D cinema, the world’s first inverted roller coaster, laser shows and many other attractions. However, unfortunately, millions of dollars worth of laser equipment were struck by lightening on Friday 13th of March 1998 and caused irreparable damage, resulting in the close of the park after insurance companies refused to cover the loss.
Taman Festival has remained untouched ever since it closed, and so we decided to go and check out what is left. It turns out that the park was so much fun to explore, with tons of graffiti and street art to see as well as the ruins themselves. The park did carry a very eerie atmosphere, and I struggled to delve far into some of the buildings as it started to creep me out. I am not a believer in the supernatural but the old movie theatre certainly gave me the chills, with holes in the floor, broken glass and old film tape everywhere. It was pretty overcast on the day we went which added to the atmosphere, as well as the fact that we had the whole place to ourselves except for one other group.
We accessed Taman Festival by getting an Uber from our hostel in Sanur as the park is about 4 kilometres north of Sanur. The fare was cheap and there was of course no entrance fee for the park as it is a derelict site, so it ended up being a very cheap day out. There were some men posing as security guards by the entrance who tried to charge us for entry, but I had read about this scam and so we ignored them and walked past- they left us alone after a few attempts.
I really enjoyed exploring Taman Festival and highly recommend you visit if you’re in Bali. It was easily the highlight of my trip to the island.