Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad now a tourist attraction

People gather outside the compound in which bin Laden was shot. (Screengrab - Via ABC news reporter Nick Schifrin )
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which Osama bin Laden was killed is now open to the public, and it appears to already be turning into quite the tourist attraction. (See photo above.)

Abbottabad has always attracted vacationers with its stunning mountain views, swinging bridge, cricket stadium, cool temperatures while the rest of the country is hot, and a location along the Karakoram Highway that follows the path of the ancient silk road. It has also been known for its high-level educational institutions and Pakistan Military Academy.

But bin Laden’s death has put Abbottabad firmly on the map.

The classic picture of bin Laden has him hiding out in a cave or hole in the ground impossible to locate. Instead, he had been “hiding in plain sight” in a $1 million compound in what is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Pakistan.

A reviewer of the compound on Google Maps summed up the status of the property well: “I heard that this place is now available (prior residents left suddenly and unexpectedly).”

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