There are tons of places all over the world just waiting to be visited. And then, there are those that you are simply not allowed to go into no matter what. The reasons for that can vary, but in most cases, the government of the country those places forbid access due to some very good reasons.
So, with that in mind, here are 16 places around the world you are not allowed to see or visit.
1. Area 51
Arguably the most famous forbidden place in the world, all that’s known about Area 51 is that it’s the US Air Force’s facility, but what’s inside it or its purpose have remained a mystery for pretty much forever. No one knows what its purpose is and the place is heavily patrolled and secured to make sure it is not accessed not even by accident.
Source:How Stuff Works
2. Korean Demilitarized Zone
A 4 km demilitarized zone was created between North and South Korea after the events of the Korean War. It’s believed to be the most guarded place in the world, so you’d be insane to access it.
3. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
This vault is located 800 miles south of the North Pole, and in it, 4.5 million variеties of crops are stored. The vault was built to protect these crops in the case of an emergency, and for that reason, only approved scientists have access to this facility.
4. Ozyorsk, Russia
A closed town in Chelyabinsk Oblast is restricted due to how close it is to the Mayak plant, and outsiders are not allowed due to it being one of the most polluted places on Earth.
Source:Sky Scraper City
You all saw this one coming. After Reactor 4’s explosion in 1986, Chernobyl’s exclusion zone is inaccessible to visitors unless they ask for permission from the Ukranian government themselves. Chernobyl is considered to be one of, if not the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world.
6. Room 39
This secret headquarters located in an undisclosed Pyongyang, North Korea location is in charge of North Korea is underground activities, and when you factor in the country’s high security standards, it’s likely impossible to gain access to Room 39.
Source:North Korea Leadership Watch
7. KFC Original Recipe
And now for something totally different. The original recipe, as signed by Colonel Sanders himself is still kept in a safe in KFC’s Louisville headquarters. The “11 herbs and spices” of Sanders’ original recipe has become one of the most famous trade secrets in the world of fast food.
8. The Granite Mountain Records Vault
This vault contains records that include genealogical and family history of the church, and even though a lot of them have been made public online, access to the vault is highly prohibited.
9. North Sentinel Island
Located in the Bay of Bengal in India, this island has been deemed an exclusion zone by the Indian government, as the indigenous people that inhabit it, the Sentinelese, have been known to shoot arrows and rocks at incoming intruders.
10. Fort Knox
This United States Army post located south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown in Kentucky houses a big portion of the US’ official gold reserve. Few are ever allowed inside the vaults, and they are all reinforced and protected with blast-proof security.
11. The Queen’s Bedroom
While it’s no secret that Buckingham Palace as a whole is heavily guarded, the Queen’s bedroom is especially so, due to someone in 1982 managing to break into the room.
12. Coca-Cola Vault
In this vault, located in the World of Coca-Cola facility in Atlanta, is the top-secret recipe for the Coke syrup. Only a select few employees know the actual formula, and that means no one is getting into the vault that easily.
13. Vatican Secret Archives
This repository located in the Vatican City contains numerous documents relating to the Vatican church, and even those who are allowed admission are met with many limitations.
14. Cheyenne Mountain
A complex built within the Cheyenne Mountain in the US state of Colorado is apparently able to withstand a nuclear blast. It used to be home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the entrance is defended by guards.
15. Device Assembly Facility
This heavily guarded site located in Nevada was initially used for nuclear testing, but is now used to “determine the viability of the United States’ aging nuclear arsenal.”
16. Snake Island
It’s estimated that this deadly place located off the coast of Brazil is swarming with one deadly snake per square meter of land. It’s closed off from the public and only the Brazilian Navy and select researchers are allowed on there.