Chilling Abandoned Ghost Towns Around The World That You Can Visit

By Jack Ripley | November 13, 2023

Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong

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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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. 

Okpo Land, South Korea

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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.