Forgotten Landscapes: Exploring Hauntingly Beautiful Ghost Towns

By Jack Ripley | April 23, 2024

Power Plant IM, Belgium

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For those of you who prefer a more dystopian feel to your ghost towns, look no further than Power Plant IM in Belgium. While not technically a town, it is a stunning structure that commands a sizeable amount of land, so it seems appropriate to include it on this list. The cooling tower is a massive structure covered in moss. Tourists love it for photography, but metal scrappers were so fond of it that security guards had to be assigned to protect it. If eerie and overwhelming are what you are looking for, you've found it here. 

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.