With today’s travel technology, it’s hard to imagine a place you’re not allowed to visit. Yet, there are still places that cannot be (legally) visited as they are cut off for various reasons. Places such as secret military bases, forbidden islands, fragile natural landmarks, and even sites closed due to paranormal activities are off limits to regular people. Take a virtual tour with us on these 25 Forbidden Places You’re Not Allowed To Visit.
Room 39, North Korea
Room 39 is a secret organization associated with the dynasty of the North Korean dictators, the Kim family. The department is believed to finance the family and top party officials with business ventures — some legitimate and some not — that include counterfeiting and drug-smuggling. The actual Room 39 is thought to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in the capital city of Pyongyang.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
Hidden deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Global Seed Vault is a secure seed bank whose purpose is to preserve a variety of plant seeds in case of a regional or global crisis. The facility has a capacity to store about 4.5 million samples of seeds; it currently contains about 1 million of them.
Woomera Test Range, Australia
Also known as the Woomera Prohibited Area, the Woomera Test Range is the largest land testing range in the world. Covering over 122,000 sq km (over 46,000 sq mi), it is located in South Australia, about 450 km (280 mi) north west of Adelaide. Declared a prohibited area in 1947, the test range is closed to the public. However, the site also features a museum and several other attractions that can be visited by tourists.
Metro 2, Russia
Also known by the codename D-6, Metro 2 is a secret underground system that was built parallel to the official underground system in Moscow, Russia. Built during the reign of Stalin, Metro 2 allegedly connects several important governmental and administrative institutions, including the Kremlin, the General Staff Academy, Zheltovsky’s house and Vnukovo-2 Airport.
Coca-Cola Vault, Georgia, US
The legendary secret formula for Coca Cola, one of the world’s most highly regarded trade secrets, is kept in the Coca-Cola Vault in the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. A very closely guarded and best-kept secret, the formula for Coca Cola represents over 125 years of history, special moments, memories, and the timeless appeal associated with the iconic beverage.