Chilling Abandoned Ghost Towns Around The World That You Can Visit

By Jack Ripley | October 19, 2023

Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey into the world of forgotten civilizations and eerie relics frozen in time. Abandoned ghost towns, scattered across the globe, beckon intrepid adventurers to unravel their mysterious histories. From the hauntingly enchanting Okpo Land in South Korea to the enigmatic Gunkanjima Island in Japan, and the submerged secrets of Villa Epecuén in Argentina, we've unearthed some of the most fascinating, strange, and off-the-beaten-path destinations for those with a penchant for both world travel and the thrill of abandoned places.

Prepare to be captivated by the allure of these forgotten realms as we unveil the stories, specters, and serenity that lie within. If you're as intrigued as we are by the allure of these abandoned gems, read on and discover the secrets they hold. Your passport to the peculiar awaits!

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One of the more fascinating ghost towns on this list is located in Svalbard, a group of Arctic islands in Norway which were isolated enough to be officially recognized as 'no man's land' until 1920. Pyramiden was founded and named by Swedes before being taken over by a Russian coal mining company during the Soviet Union. At the height of production almost 2,000 workers lived in the harsh environment, surrounded by frozen water for more than half the year.  The fall of the Soviet Union was the beginning of the end for Pyramiden. After years of free market struggles and terrible accidents, the town was eventually abandoned. 

Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong

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The last ghost town on this list went from being the most densely populated city on earth to being totally abandoned. At the height of its population Kowloon had 50,000 inhabitants on a mere 6.5 acres of land. Kowloon was a twisting, multilayered, disorganized, homegrown settlement that arose from refugees seeking governmental protection after World War II. By staying in the bounds of the ancient Walled City, inhabitants felt more secure and had access to protection. In spite of efforts to tear it down, residents continued to return. Finally, in 1994, Hong Kong officials demolished the city.