I’ve discovered that, when it comes to abandoned places, many are led to their demise by normal, mundane means, However, there are a few that have a twisted history terrifying enough to scare the pants of of a poor, lone, blogger delving into their secrets and 3:00 A.M. For Halloween, I have compiled a list of the top ten abandoned places that scared the piss out of me in one way or another. Enjoy!
1. Okpo Land, in Okpo-Dong South Korea.
I haven’t done an article on Okpo Land, because there really isn’t much to say. There were several accidents at the park, the last of which involved a fatality. The scary part? After the accident, the park closed almost immediately, leaving everything as it was the day it occurred. That duck car hanging precariously up there is said to be the very one that the girl fell out of to her death. SPOOKY STUFF, MAN.
2. Hotel Takara in Okinawa, Japan.
The story of Hotel Takara is somewhat similar to the United State’s Winchester Mystery house. Monks in the area disapproved the project because it was built on sacred land, but that didn’t stop the owner, who was said to have begun construction on the site without any blueprints, resulting in a labyrinthine mess. However, accidents began to happen, and many workers quit, blaming the mishaps on ghosts. So, to prove them wrong, the owner decided to live in the hotel until its completion. But, it was never finished. The project went bankrupt, and the owner ended up in an insane asylum. THE END.
3. The San Zhi UFO Houses in Taipei, Taiwan.
(Most of these places are in Asia, for some reason. :l)
This story is just…odd. Similar to Hotel Takara, the San Zhi UFO houses were said to be built on sacred ground, and the workers were harried by mysterious accidents. In truth, it’s just an eerie site to research. The impracticality of it, the bright colors, and the spooky, desolate atmosphere, never ceases to give me chills.
4. South China Mall, Donguan, China.
The South China Mall is the biggest mall in the world. I say “is”, because it’s still technically open, but trust me; a mall doesn’t get any deader than this. Almost 90% of the mall is empty, the only thriving businesses being the few western fast food restaurants near the front, and the indoor theme park. It was intended to bring glory to the factory town of Donguan, but Donguan isn’t an easy place for tourists to reach, so the mall has been struggling ever since its opening, kept going by the government so as to avoid disgrace.
5. Six Flags, New Orleans, New Orleans Louisiana.
That in the picture above is Six Flags, New Orleans submerged in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrinia. They closed for the storm, and never opened again. By the time the water receded, many of the rides were irreparably damaged, and Six Flags didn’t want to shell out the money to fix them, because the park hadn’t been doing very well to begin with. So, they left the it to sit. It’s a very haunting scene, with everything as it was before the storm (save for some looting, but that’s to be expected).
6. The Ruins of Pripyat, Ukraine.
Pripyat was the location of the infamous Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Everything is mostly as it was when the city was evacuated all those years ago, and there is haunting video footage out there taken before anyone knew that anything was wrong, showing children playing in the streets, people bustling about, and even a wedding going on.
7. Katolis World, Taiwan.
Long story short: there was an earthquake, it shut down the park. Supposedly there are ghosts in the surrounding jungle. It’s scary.
8. Takenouma Greenland, Japan.
It should not be so hard to find information on a theme park that was open until 1999.
But it is. Why is that? Therin lies the mystery.
9. Every asylum ever.
I won’t review asylums. The stories generally repeat themselves, and they are never pleasant.
And number 10? You’ll get that soon. :3