Forgotten Landscapes: Exploring Hauntingly Beautiful Ghost Towns

By Jack Ripley | April 16, 2024

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. 

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.