According to the results of a new study, which ranks the most popular and famous tourist attractions all over the world and ranks the worst ones, a place from Turkey has also made it to the list.
Stasher, a company that reviews popular tourist attractions around the world, such as Hollywood Boulevard, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, and the Forbidden City, and ranks the worst ones, gave each attraction a score out of ten, taking into account Google reviews, quality of local accommodation, distance to the nearest international airport, tourist safety, and TikTok popularity. After the evaluation, it became clear that these tourist attractions were not very impressive or did not meet expectations. The list, which includes a place from Turkey, is as follows:
15. Forbidden City, China (5.41 out of 10)
An imperial palace in the heart of Beijing. Built in 1406 by an emperor of the Ming dynasty and so named because most of the kingdom's subjects were forbidden access to it, the historic Forbidden City has received some pretty bad reviews from tourists on Google reviews. Tourists wrote that the interior was very boring and disappointing, and they also noted the high cost of entry.
14. Magic Kingdom Park, USA (5.41 out of 10)
Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, one of the most visited amusement parks in the world with more than 17 million people entering in 2022, is home to musical parades and many Disney characters. However, it attracts harsh criticism in the comments due to its crowdedness and prices. For example, one user wrote, "Horrible, overcrowded, not even a place to sit down to eat. It was just a terrible day.
13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA (5.39 out of 10)
The official website of the world-famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located on both sides of the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, states that it is America's most visited national park because of the diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. But tourists don't seem to be satisfied with this popular destination. One tourist wrote, "Don't waste your time... I am a big supporter of our parks but this is the worst park we have ever visited. Another wrote, "You won't find a worse run national park in the US.
12. PortAventura World, Spain (5.37 out of 10)
PortAventura World, Spain's first theme park, currently has more than 40 playgrounds and a five-kilometer rollercoaster track. However, despite these features, it has not managed to make its visitors happy. One user wrote, "We came here to have fun and relax, but it's not fun at all," while others commented that the staff was rude, the park smelled like sewage and was full of garbage.
11. Pier 39, USA (5.27 out of 10)
Pier 39 in San Francisco is a 45-acre waterfront complex lined with restaurants, shops and independent attractions. It's also notable for its spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. However, for some, it was a big disappointment.
10. Everland, South Korea (5.17 out of 10)
Everland, Korea's largest theme park, welcomed its first visitors in 1976 and continues to draw crowds. It is divided into five themed zones, Global Fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure and Zootopia. Visitors claim the park is too old and the crowds are disappointing.
9. Great Wall of China, China (5.05 out of 10)
Built over two millennia across northern China and southern Mongolia, the historic structure is visible even from space, but tourists are not satisfied. "There were crowds of people jostling to buy tickets and huge queues to get on the wall," one tourist complained of the crowds, while another warned other potential visitors: "Be prepared to spend a few hours standing in the heat among thousands of people.
8. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Japan (5.04 out of 10)
Fushimi Inari Shrine is the most important of thousands of shrines dedicated to the Shinto rice god Inari. Most foreign tourists visit primarily to explore the surrounding mountain trails, but the building itself is also incredibly attractive. However, the temple has been harshly criticized by tourists who complain that it is too crowded. And it made the list of worst tourist attractions.
7. Ocean Park, Hong Kong (4.96 out of 10)
Ocean Park, which opened in 1977 and promotes itself as a must-see for nature lovers and curious minds, has been around ever since, but not everyone is happy with it. One family who visited earlier this year described it as "the biggest disappointment of our Hong Kong trip", echoing the feelings of other tourists in general.
6. Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong (4.89 out of 10)
Often considered the birthplace of the city, the harbor is one of the most recognizable areas in the world. It's also a bustling neighborhood that never sleeps, an attractive spot with retail shops and commercial offices. While the Pearl of the Orient welcomes 55 million visitors each year, it seems impossible to keep everyone happy. For example, one tourist wrote, "Please don't even bother. There is nothing here," he wrote. Another added that they were not sure why people came to see it.
5. Lotte World, South Korea (4.80 out of 10)
Lotte World, an entertainment complex in Seoul, South Korea, and home to the world's largest indoor theme park, as well as a shopping mall and aquarium, opened in 1989 and has been an attraction for locals and tourists alike for decades, but recent reviews are not so kind. One user wrote, "This has to be one of the worst theme parks I've ever visited. Overcrowded. This place doesn't have enough capacity for the amount of people they cram in," while another complained about the crowds, writing, "I've never seen so many people in such a small park.
4. Florida Busch Gardens (4.52 out of 10)
First opened in 1959, Busch Gardens is a 335-acre theme park in Florida with African and Asian themes. Although there are 12,000 animals in this huge park, one tourist wrote: "Absolute waste of time, don't visit, save your money. The place is filthy and the staff are rude.
3. Taj Mahal, India (3.83 out of 10)
One of the most beautiful structures ever built, the Taj Mahal, a gigantic mausoleum made of white marble, was built between 1631 and 1648 in Agra, India. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, whom he named Mumtaz Mahal (The Chosen One of the Palace). For some visitors, however, the artifact of this love story is not so enchanting. One tourist expressed his dissatisfaction by writing, "The Taj is a bit cliché, once you see the photos there is nothing extra to see.
2. Grand Bazaar Turkey (3.48 out of 10)
The Grand Bazaar, which made the list of worst-rated tourist attractions from Turkey, is one of the oldest covered markets in the world, operating as a market for jewelry and precious hand-woven fabrics during the Ottoman Empire. And this impressive heritage is now home to more than four thousand vendors. However, it was ranked as the second worst tourist spot in the world following analysis. After visiting the covered bazaar, one tourist commented: "To be completely honest I was really looking forward to seeing this place and I was really disappointed. The variety of products was poor and more importantly the attitude of the vendors bothered me. I don't think I will come back." Another tourist complained about the lack of prices on many products and the rude behavior of the sellers.
1. Hollywood Boulevard, USA (3.42 out of 10)
Along the sidewalk on the boulevard are more than 2,700 plaques commemorating some of the industry's biggest names. Yet most visitors still rated it as 'average' on various review sites. One tourist said, "The area is a mess, full of pushy street vendors and people yelling and swearing at passersby. Famous stars are surrounded by mobile burger stands. Save your time and don't go here," wrote one tourist.