The abandoned cities across the world, often referred to as ghost towns, can be as amazing as they are haunting. These locations stir our imagination and make us think about the kind of life that people lived there. Some of these cities have a rich and glorious past, while other own a dark and gruesome history.
Sanzhi Pod City
Sanzhi Pod City is located outside of New Taipei City, in Taiwan and includes UFO style houses that were built starting with 1978 in order to create a vacation resort marketed toward US military personnel. During the construction work, several fatal car accidents happened and devastating loss of investment occurred and thus the project was annulled. Despite the fact that the area had become a tourist curiosity and the subject of an MTV movie, the pods were demolished in 2012 in order to clear the space for a commercial seaside resort.
Bodie is a genuine Wild West ghost town, which officially became a historic state park in 1962. It is visited by 200,000 visitors a year, but like any other towns that depend on primary commodities, the former gold rush town fell into decline as the gold ore dried up.
The nickname of “ghost town” was first used in order to characterize Bodie all the way back in 1915. It has been dubbed California’s official state gold-rush ghost town.
Kowloon Walled City
Kowloon Walled City was originally a Chinese military fort located in New Kowloon, Hong Kong that was densely populated and famous for drug traffic and prostitution.
Because at one point this city had 33,000 residents within its .010 square mile area, their living quarters had to be built upward instead of outward.
Due to the persistently awful sanitary conditions, from 1987 to 1993 the British and Chinese authorities evacuated the area and thus, they turned it into a post-apocalyptic looking shell of a city.
Pripyat, Ukraine is a living proof of the destructive power of nuclear energy, but before the Chernobyl catastrophe, it was a booming Russian city. The town was evacuated and everything was contaminated and left behind.
Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island, also known as Battleship Island was originally inhabited and run as a coal mining facility. Everything collapsed from the moment when the owner, Mitsubishi ceased mining operations in Hashima, so the island and its dwellings were deserted.
Varosha is a suburb of Famagusta and a former leading tourists destination in the 1970s that due to a major military conflict became a ruin. The area that was once frequented by celebrities like Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Raquel Welch is now abandoned.
Pyramiden was a coal mining community that was sold from Sweden to the Soviet Union in 1927 and closed and abandoned in 1998. Today, it is accessible only by boat or snowmobile, but tourists who come here are not allowed to enter the buildings without approval.
The statue of Vladimir Lenin is the visual focal point that stands as a proof of the past times and the troubled history of this place.