You may be out to explore the world. Even ready to go to the distant corners of the world, however, difficult it may be. But then there are places which, despite all your wish, you will never be able to go. So what’re these places? Here’re six significant places around the world that are closed to the general public or are almost impossible to visit.
ISE GRAND SHRINE
The Ise Grand Shrine in Japan (which is actually a series of over 100 shrines) is the most sacred shrine in Japan. It is dedicated to Amaterasu (the Sun goddess) and has been in existence since 4 BC. The main shrine is alleged to hold the most important item in Japan’s imperial history: The Naik (the mirror from Japanese mythology which eventually ended up in the hands of the first emperors). The shrine is demolished and rebuilt every 20 years in keeping with the Shinto idea of death and rebirth. This ranks very high on the list of places you will never go because the only person who can enter is the priest or priestess and he must be a member of the Japanese imperial family. So unless we have a Japanese prince or princess reading the site, no one here will ever see anything more than the thatched roof of the Ise Grand Shrine.
VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES
Metro-2 in Moscow, Russia, is a purported secret underground metro system which parallels the public Moscow Metro. The system was built supposedly during (or from) the time of Stalin and codenamed D-6 by the KGB. Russian journalists have reported that the existence of Metro-2 is neither confirmed nor denied by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) or the Moscow Metro administration. The length of Metro-2 is rumoured to exceed even that of the “civil” (i.e. public) Metro. It is said to have 4 lines and lie 50 to 200 m deep.
You will have to wait for 14 years to be a member of Club 33 in Disneyland, New Orleans
Contrary to popular belief, Disneyland has a full liquor license which is used when the place closes down to the general public to accommodate private parties. But there is one place in Disneyland that is always open to sell booze: Club 33. Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognisable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it. Fees for joining range from 10 to 30 thousand US dollars and membership comes with a car park. But the real problem is, you have wait for fourteen years to enter – that’s their waiting period.
Try being a member of White’s Gentlemen’s Club!
WHITE’S GENTLEMEN’S CLUB
White’s is the most exclusive English gentlemen’s club. It was founded in 1693 by Italian Francesco Bianco (Francis White) to sell the newly discovered hot chocolate but eventually became a typical (but extremely private) gentlemen’s club. The club is famous for its “betting book” in which members make bizarre gambles. The most famous of which is a 3,000 pound bet on which of two raindrops would slide down the window first. So why is this club on the list? Women are excluded completely from membership, so that is half our audience out. Secondly, men who want to join this exclusive club can only do so if invited by a sitting member who has the support of two other members. Unless you are a member of royalty, or are extremely powerful in politics or the arts, you are unlikely to ever see the exclusive White’s invitation.
Room 39 is arguably one of the most secretive organisations in North Korea
Room 39 or Bureau 39 is arguably one of the most secretive organisations in North Korea that seeks ways to obtain foreign currency for North Korea’s National Defense Commission. Room 39 was established in the late 1970s. It has been described as the lynchpin of the North’s so-called “court economy” centered on the dynastic family. It is unknown how the name originated. Very little is known about Room 39 due to the secretive nature surrounding the organisation, but it is widely speculated that the organisation uses 10 to 20 bank accounts in China and Switzerland for the purposes of counterfeiting, money laundering, and other illicit transactions. It is also alleged that Room 39 is involved in drug smuggling and illicit weapon sales.