The picture has circulated online since 2019 and shows an abandoned theme park in Japan
An image has been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Twitter and Facebook which claim it shows overgrown shrubs at a theme park in Malaysia during a coronavirus lockdown. The claim is false; the image shows an abandoned theme park in Japan; it has circulated online since at least May 2019.
This photo, posted on Twitter on May 2, 2020, has been retweeted more than 10,000 times.
The caption reads: “escalator sunway lagoon”.
Sunway Lagoon is a theme park in Kuala Lumpur.
The claim is false.
Its caption reads in part: “Destined to be green. Abandoned escalator”.
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Below is screenshot comparison of the picture from the misleading post (L) and the Instagram post (R):
The Instagram account espinas3 belongs to a photographer based in Japan who specialises in urban exploration photography.
The photographer also posted photos at the same location; a caption of this picture says: “Abandoned amusement park”.
A further keyword search found this picture from a May 2010 blog post identifying the location as Nagasaki Holland Village, an abandoned Dutch-themed amusement park in the Japanese city of Saikai in Nagasaki prefecture.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and pictures from the blog post (R):
Sunway Lagoon, the Malaysian theme park, also denied the claim in the misleading posts in a Twitter post published here on May 4, 2020.
The Malay-language tweet translates to English as: “That’s a scary escalator, good thing ours are still good and not filled with leaves. But the idea can be used for Nights of Fright 8 bro. Got the feeling of entering a jungle looking for a ghost”.