A Theme Park For Disaster Junkies

Test your survival skills in 9 different scenarios

Welcome to the Risk Theme Park

Height: 262 feet Death-defying scenes: 9 Proposed site: Daegu, South Korea

Few of us face death by choice, and we’ve become comfortable relying on firefighters, cops, and others to do the death-facing for us. That, argues Soon-Min Hong, has bred in us a cavalier attitude toward these vocations. The collective lack of understanding inspired Hong, a student architect at London’s Royal College of Art, to design the Risk Theme Park, a conceptual high-rise that lets us tap into our inner Bruce Willis. Firefighters guide groups of 20 through nine death-defying disaster scenarios. The goal of the exercise, which is meant to be located in Daegu, South Korea, is to “teach people to value and appreciate through experience,” and the park offers visitors both perspective and adrenaline spikes. Safely, of course.

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This article was originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “A Theme Park For Disaster Junkies.”

Corinne Iozzio

Corinne Iozziois the Editor-in-chief of Popular Science. She's been here, in one role or another, for more than 11 years. With a background covering consumer tech that began with the launch of the first iPhone, she's made a career nerding out about how fast the world changes around us every day.