Chilling Abandoned Ghost Towns Around The World That You Can Visit

By Jack Ripley | October 26, 2023

Okpo Land, South Korea

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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Every ghost town has a backstory based on rumors and legends, and Okpo Land in South Korea is no exception. Stories vary and often contradict one another, but the consistent detail is that something went very wrong with this duck rollercoaster. According to some accounts, a car derailed and caused a fatal accident. According to others, there just wasn't enough interest and the park wasn't making enough money. Either way, I think we can all agree the creepy stare of these ducks seemed destined for ghost town status in the end. 

Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

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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.