The Place Considered the Gates of Hell – Nowadays there are more and more tourist attractions that you can visit together with people you care about and even with friends. Tourist attractions that exist in general must be beautiful places that can make the heart feel calm and even very happy, but different from this, some of these tourist attractions are actually very scary things.
Believe it or not, there are many places in the world that still hold mysteries. Like this row of places that are said to be believed to be the gates of hell. In addition to being filled with fire that never goes out that is synonymous with hell, this row of places has a myth where life and the afterlife are very close.
1. Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan
Darvaza Gas Crater is one of the many places that still keep mysteries. Located about 266 kilometers from Ashgabat City, Turkmenistan, Darvaza Gas Crater is famous for its fire that seems to never go out.
The flames were lit not due to volcanic activity or magma. Rather, because of the gas that comes out of the bowels of the earth.
That’s what makes this place called the gate of hell or Door to Hell. It is not known how this crater formed. However, one well-known story is the result of the mistakes of researchers from the Soviet Union (currently Russia) while drilling for natural gas.
This place is so dangerous, since 2004 the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly, has asked the residents of Darvaza to move to another place for safety reasons. Moreover, no one can predict when the fire in Darvaza Crater will be extinguished.
2. Mount Osore, Japan
That said, Mount Osore is known to be a place that is closely related to the afterlife, namely heaven and hell. Because, this mountain located in northern Japan is one of the three holiest mountains in Japan, besides Mount Hiei in Shiga Prefecture and Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture.
Just like mountains in general, Mount Osore is known to have beautiful views with lakes and rivers around it. However, on this mountain you can find the Sanzu River which is considered sacred by Buddhists.
In Buddhist belief, the Sanzu River or what is known as the River of Three Crossing is a river that the dead must cross before reaching the afterlife.
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3. Fengdu Ghost City, China
China is not only famous for its popular tourist attractions, namely the Forbidden City. The Bamboo Curtain country also has a tourist destination dubbed the gate of hell, namely Fengdu Ghost City.
This city located in the Ming Mountains holds various relics that are thought to have existed for thousands of years. In this city you can find monasteries, temples and shrines that are 2,000 years old,
It is said that this city is also a haven for the spirits of the dead before heading to the afterlife. This can be seen from the inscriptions at temples and monasteries that detail the stories of people being tortured for their sins, as well as how they finally managed to enter the underworld by passing three important tests.
4. Ploutonion at Hierapolis or Pluto Gate, Turkey
Ploutonion at Hierapolis is the ancient city of Hierapolis near Pamukkale in Denizli Province, Turkey.
This site is called the gate of hell because in the middle of the ruins, visitors can find a large gate dedicated to the god of death, Pluto.
The site was discovered in 1965 by Italian archaeologists. Interestingly, archaeologists also found various ruins, such as the Statues of Hades and Cerberus (the three-headed dog in Greek mythology). This site is believed to have been a sacred site for Pluto.