few abandond places in the world

Discussion in 'General' started by @WeedPalace, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Gunkanjima, Japan
    Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima (meaning “Battleship Island”) is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility.
    Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from the bottom of the sea. They built Japan's first large concrete building, a block of apartments in 1916 to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers (many of whom were forcibly recruited labourers from other parts of Asia), and to protect against typhoon destruction.
    As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima's mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it's called the Ghost Island. Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after more than 20 years of closure.
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    San Zhi, Taiwan
    San Zhi is an abandoned vacation resort on the northern coast of Taiwan. It was built in the early 1980s, but construction of the futuristic resort ceased after a series of fatal accidents. Even though it never opened as a vacation resort, San Zhi can still be toured. The strange pod-like buildings act as a tourist attraction. The colors of the pod-like buildings depend on their location. The buildings in the west are green, in the east pink, in the south blue, and in the north white.

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    Pripyat, Ukraine
    Pripyat is an abandoned city in the zone of alienation in northern Ukraine. The city was founded in 1970 to house the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers, and was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000 prior to the accident. The city of was evacuated in two days.

    The city and the Exclusion Zone are now bordered with guards and police, but obtaining the necessary documents to enter the zone is not considered particularly difficult. A guide will accompany visitors to ensure nothing is vandalized or taken from the zone. The doors of most of the buildings are open to reduce the risk to visitors, and almost all of them can be visited when accompanied by a guide. The city of Chernobyl, located a few miles from Prypyat, has some accommodations including a hotel, many apartment buildings, and a local lodge, which are maintained as a permanent residence for watch-standing crew, and visitors.

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    Kadykchan, Russia
    Kadykchan is a ghost town that was built during the World War II for the workers of the coal mines and their families. In 1996, 6 men died as a result of explosion in a coal mine and the mines were closed. 12000 inhabitants were evacuated to other places leaving the town empty and silent.

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    Centralia, United States
    Centralia is a ghost town in Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 12 in 2005 and 9 in 2007, as a result of a mine fire burning beneath the borough since 1962.
    One theory asserts that in May 1962, Centralia Borough Council hired five members of the volunteer fire company to clean up the town landfill, located in an abandoned strip mine pit next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery. This had been done in previous years, when the landfill was in a different location. The firefighters set the dump on fire, and let it burn for a time. Unlike in previous years, however, the fire was not extinguished.
    The fire remained burning underground and spread through a hole in the rock pit into the abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia. Attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful and it continued to burn throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Adverse health effects were reported by several people due to the byproducts of the fire, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and lack of healthy oxygen levels.
    In 1984, Congress allocated more than $42 million for relocation efforts. Most of the residents accepted buyout offers and moved to the nearby communities of Mount Carmel and Ashland. A few families opted to stay despite warnings from state officials.

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    Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong
    Kowloon used to be one of the areas of Hong Kong city. By the end of 1970s Walled City began to grow. Square buildings folded up into one another as thousands of modifications were made, virtually none by architects or engineers, until the entire City became monolithic. Labyrinthine corridors ran through the City, some former streets (at the ground level, and often clogged up with refuse), and some running through upper floors, through and between buildings. The streets were illuminated by fluorescent lights, as sunlight rarely reached the lower levels. There were only two rules for construction: electricity had to be provided to avoid fire, and the buildings could be no more than fourteen stories high, because of the nearby airport. Eight municipal pipes provided water to the entire structure (although more could have come from wells).
    By the early 1980s, Kowloon Walled City had an estimated population of 35,000. The City was notorious for its excess of brothels, casinos, opium dens, cocaine parlours, food courts serving dog meat, and secret factories.
    In 1984 the Walled city was demolished and its inhabitants resettleed. At that time, it had 50,000 inhabitants on 26 000 m² (31 000 sq. yards), and therefore a very high population density of 1,923,077/km², making it one of the most densely populated urban areas on Earth.
    After the demolition, a park was built in its place with construction starting in May 1994.

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    Oradour-sur-Glane, France
    Oradour-sur-Glan is a town in west-central France. The original village was destroyed on June 10, 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants were murdered by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built post-war on a nearby site and the original has been maintained as a memorial.

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    Kolmanskuppe, Namibia
    Kolmannskuppe is a ghost town in southern Namibia. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NAMDEB (Namibia-De Beers).
    It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The village was built like a German town, with facilities like a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere.
    The town declined after World War I as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.

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    Humberstone, Chile
    In 1872, the Guillermo Wendell Nitrate Extraction Company founded the saltpeter works of Santa Laura in the same year the “Peru Nitrate Company” was founded. Both works grew quickly, becoming busy towns characterized by lovely buildings in the English style.
    The economic model collapsed during the Great Depression of 1929 because of the development of the synthesis of ammonia, which led to the industrial production of fertilizers. Both works were abandoned in 1960 and in 1970, after becoming ghost towns, they were declared national monuments and opened to tourism. In 2005 they were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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    Wittenoom, Australia
    Wittenoom is a locality in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. During the 1950s, Wittenoom was the Pilbara's biggest town, but was shut down in 1966 due to health concerns from asbestos mining at the nearby Wittenoom Gorge.
    Today it is a ghost town with approximately eight residents who receive no government services. The town's name was removed from official maps and the roads leading to contaminated areas are likely to be closed.

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    Agdam,Azerbaijan
    Agdam was fully destroyed in 1993 in the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Before the war the city population was about 30000 residents.

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    Varosha, Cyprus
    Varosha is an area in the city of Famagusta. Prior to the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus in 1974, it was the modern tourist area of the city of Famagusta.
    In the 1970s, Famagusta was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus. To cater to the increasing number of tourists, many new high-rise buildings and hotels were constructed. During its heyday the Varosha quarter of Famagusta was not only the number one tourist destination in Cyprus, but between 1970 and 1974 it was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and was a favorite destination of wealthy, rich and famous stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Raquel Welch and Brigette Bardot.
    For the last 35 years the area of Varosha has been left as a ghost town.

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    Balestrino, Italy
    There not much info about Balestrino online. The first info about the village is dated by 1860 when its population was about 850 inhabitants. At the end of the 20th century the village suffered from several earthquakes after which the residents left the village.

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    Bodie State park, California, Unites States
    Bodie is a ghost town which is now a National Historic Landmark. It began as a mining camp of little note following the discovery of gold in 1859. No gold, no people.

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  2. Wow those are all pretty amazing. I love the real mystery of abandoned places. Crazy how massive cities can just be completely empty. Also did anyone notice the ferris wheel in Pripyat is exactly like the one in Call of Duty 4 single player? haha.
    Cool post! +rep
     

  3. it IS the one from call of duty ;) they based that mission/online map off of the same city.

    Awesome post though mang, very interesting shit.
     

  4. Yeah I thought so, it just struck a chord ;)
     
  5. crazy man thanks for the post
    i cant believe i went through all of them :p


    ive watched a documantary thingy on the one in ukraine. its rediculous really.
    you cant even go near in the radiation zone. you have to stay at this perimiter and even there its only 15 minutes worth.
    i also find it crazy how they built this huge metal block thing of the radition zone to like contain it.....
    isnt that fucked?




    man most of these are messed up. cant believe how many ghost towns there are..
    and i cant believe ppl are still living in places where they were warned by the gov.
    like the coal fire underground. that shit sounds straaaaight craaaazzzzyyy.


    things like this are so trippy
     
  6. im not crazy lol , just boored as shi% cuz its raining for 2 weeks
     

  7. lol does anyone else see what i see?
     
  8. Nice man. I wish there were more places like the Kowloon Walled City around today. Believe it or not that's my kind of dream place to live, plenty of people, plenty of illegal activities - a structure so confusing only its inhabitants could know their way around, etc.
     
  9. looks kinda like a face :confused_2:

    interesting post though, all of them sound crazy.
     
  10. One of the most entertaining threads I've come across on GC, awesome find.
     
  11. that walled city is insane, no laws, no rules, no penalties..sounds like my kind of place
     
  12. Id like to take one of them cars and fix em up.
     
  13. Awesome places for large grows! Generator + gas + tons of lights = lots and lots of marijuana!
     
  14. Yeah that walled city was insane! and I've never heard about the coal fire place in Pennsylvania!

    Oh and who else wants to go re inhabit either the resort town in Cyprus or the village in Italy? :) :)
     
  15. from what ive read about cyprus, its a active warzone so if you go there you'll get shot....
     
  16. awesome thread man

    i am so down to reinhabit one of these places!

    not one that i will die though...

    +rep
     
  17. they are abandoned for a reason.
     
  18. sick thread op

    i wish all the chill people in the world could come and repopulate one of these places and leave all the bullshit beehind
     
  19. Can you really call Centralia abandoned though if 10 people still live there and there is a fire department (very tiny) at the top of the town?

    It's not the most populated place by any means but there are some people trying to keep it alive.
    If you ever have the chance to check it out I highly recommend it just don't enter any empty houses and check out the streets along some of the few standing houses it's really eerie to see driveways and steps lead up to absolutely nothing but overgrown grass and weeds.

    Sadly, after all these years the issue with the fire underground is not going to go away anytime soon and is slowly traveling towards the town of Ashland.
     
  20. very cool post, also thought of cod about ukraine. cyprus looks legit too
     

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