I am a strong believer in “to each their own” as long as they are not harming anyone else, and I am also always open to listening to what some’s “own” may be. Our experience at the Castillo Mundo King in Sosua was interesting for this very reason, hearing Rolf’s, the owner’s, view of the world.
Sosua is a little limited on touristy things to do, outside of some serious people watching, going to the beach, or hitting up one of the many restaurants down the main strip. So when we were told about the “museum” we absolutely wanted to see it for ourselves. But we were advised not to bring our girls. And I am absolutely 100% happy we didn’t because there are “things of nightmares” in there.
When we first arrived at the museum the doors were wide open but there was no one anywhere. We meandered around the first floor randomly yelling out “Hello?” to see if anyone was hiding on one of the upper levels, but no response. We nervously walked around, wondering if someone would jump out of the shadows at us and ask us what we are doing there or tell us we were trespassing. We didn’t dare go up or down a level, given that the lower levels were called things like “The Crypt” and many of the statues look like sacrificial voodoo weirdness. Finally we found a phone number on a wall, called it, and half an hour later we were greeted by a local who offered to give us the tour if we paid the entrance fee. We hesitated a bit, because this could be any guy, “willing” to take our money! But after a few minutes of starring at each other we decided “what the heck”, gave him the $7 each and let him show us around the place. Ends up he works for the owner, as the caretaker of the museum.
It was nice having him with us, to guiding us through the many twists and turns of this building. Around every corner and in each dark nook there were statues of creatures of the dark. Scary looking things. We asked and found out they have nothing to do with voodoo or sacrifice, but rather, all these creatures, paintings, space ships and statues of things that Rolf had dreamt of and paid someone to recreate. After seeing these things I knew I would never want to be inside this guys head. It is scary in there. At the end of the tour we were greeted by Rolf himself.
Rolf is an older fellow, an engineer, who moved to Sosua from Germany, because, in his words, “there are no rules here, you can build whatever you want!” Talking with him it was easy to see that he has his head on straight, he is able to hold a normal conversation and makes good points, but some of his beliefs are a bit out there. Rolf believes that aliens come to Sosua regularly and visit him. He explains their presence by the “light angels” he sees in the sky or in pictures. These light angels are what the rest of us would call sun flares, those spots or lines you see bursting out of the sun in pictures or when you look directly at the sun. What we describe as flares or sun energy, he calls light angels. Ok. That’s acceptable. This is where my ‘to each his own’ belief came in. He went on to explain that the aliens had left him a gift, a bouncing bead that has energy trapped inside of it, and they had also cut 3 spots on his arm and had injected him with a serum that is making him go crazy.
The museum was definitely something worth seeing, and talking with Rolf completed the experience, helping us associate the space ships and horrific statues with their creator. If ever you find yourself in Sosua, Dominican Republic, this place is worth the $7 stop, if not for the museum experience then for the view from his 7th storey balcony.
The front entrance to the museum
Ok, so maybe we were goofing off a little before we got the guided tour
I wasn’t about to go wandering down there, it would be like the beginning of any horror movie!
Inside the Crypt, thank goodness for having a flash because it was actually pitch black down there
The space ships, there are four of them and they are huge!
Can’t say I’d want to sleep in this bed
The levels to this building just keep going and going, we were a sweaty mess by the time we reached the top of the 7th
But then you get a view of the whole coast, with this guy
That seems like a really neat museum. I love all the sculptures.
no matter what they were, scary or not, they were really well made.
I love how you can tell you two are having tons of fun just by looking at the pictures. By the way some of those statues are pretty creepy looking!
I know, we were a little creeped out! And yes, we had a blast there, even surrounded by the creepiness!
Just by looking at these great photos you can tell this is place that I should visit. Looks so much fun plus education.. Those buildings and statues are great!
it was pretty neat to see, I am glad we went
It's completely kooky and wild there! It totally makes me want to visit!
It was completely unexpected. And you would never think of having a building of this size near the center of town
That is amazing! I could spend all day there. I LOVE those carvings and the building itself is amazing.
The building was something else! It was 7 storeys going off every which way, not just one on top of the other like we would have here!
All to yourselves.. that is pretty cool! Those are some amazing shots and things inside there!
It was a little bit of a strange feeling being in a museum all by ourselves, but it made for quite the experience
This looks like a great place to visit. We love visiting Museums when we travel around. Love the pictures.
This was a museum in a genre of its own!
What beautiful photos, I almost feel like I was there with you! It looks like you had a wonderful time.
we really enjoyed it. It was an "odd" date without the kids
Amazing photos! Looks like a super cool and wacky place. Looks like fun!
It was a lot of fun. Thanks for checking us out
What an usual place to visit. The views are stunning over the water!
He view at the top was pretty amazing
These are amazing photos. I would love to tour this place. It looks so interesting.
It was neat
What a crazy whimsical place! We've been to Sosua on vacation and I have to say, I didn't like a lot of what I saw. It's such a poor region!
It is a rough town, we were there working with a non profit. Not quite the top tourist spot I would recommend to people visiting the DR
The place looks creepy. It would be nice to visit because of the structures there.
I wouldn't want to go there at night that is for sure!
Wow, what an interesting looking museum. And I love all of your photos too.
Thank you. It was a cool experience
OMG, that's such a cool museum! Wish I can experience it too.
If ever you visit the Dominican Republic you should stop in
Wow what a wonderful place to see – I would love to visit it myself as well.
You never know, maybe some day
It looks scary, interesting and fun. It definitely looks like a great place to visit if you want a unique travel experience.
It is definitely all three of those things
This sounds interesting and I have never heard of Castillo Mundo King or this museum before. It looks like you both had a wonderful fun time indeed. Thanks for sharing.
Oh I doubt anyone would have heard of this place, unless you live in this town
I loved your honest review and the pictures were great but I am not sure I will be adding this destination to the 'bucket' list… Looks like you had fun though.
It was a stars ge place, one we only went to see because we were living in that town
Ahh! I am definitely checking this place out this summer!
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Don't tell anyone I told you about it! Hahaha
Oh really? Is it that bad? Hahahaha! This makes it even better ! Hehe 😉
Wow, what an interesting museum! I would have definitely been nervous about not seeing anyone in there at first.
It took them forever to show up! It was weird.
WoW that looks like a really unique museum, I would love to visit one day. Great shots !
Unique is definitely right. Creepy too.
Now is this a museum that once was because if it is it's telling us that there were real space creatures there at one time. So there is life out there. The sculptures are really phenomenal. I was going to say where are all the people? Then I saw one person…. so where are all the people.???
It was just us and one man showing us around. It was quite strange
Can I say I a bit jealous of your life right now? =P Your photos are amazing and I am just all WOW. The memories you are creating are just amazing!!! I loved the pictures you shared! Thank you for sharing your journey with us all!!!
Thank you. This was another strange memory to add to our adventures!
That place really looks amazing. It just makes me want to get out and travel and see more of the world.
You should. Traveling gives you so many fun and unexpected experiences
The architecture and statues are so gorgeous!
The amount of time that must have gone in to that place is insane
My word what a stunning place.
It was, and the view was incredible
It looks beautiful there and you got some amazing shots. Make me want to visit.
It was a really beautiful place, some of the statues were a little over the top, but it was quite special
This is one awesome and super cool place!! A lot of things to explore and do! I love the architecture!!
It was crazy how many different hallways and levels and balconies this place had, it was like a maze!
Great photos!!! I can see you had fun!!!