From a haunted island to a centuries-old fortress,
today we look at unbelievable abandoned places that really exist: 10. Kangbashi This city in China is often referred to as
a ghost town. Generally speaking, we think of ghost towns
as old, abandoned places in the western desert that just didn’t make the cut as society
began to mature. However, Kangbashi is an exception to this
stereotype. The construction of this district began in
2004, and its purpose was to expand Ordos, a city with over two million inhabitants. Ordos is recognized for its significant government
undertakings, including the Kangbashi District. When the addition was built, it didn’t house
many residents. But, it was beautiful to look at. Its architecture is stunning, and it encompasses
an opera house, an optimal museum, monumental government establishments, and a beautiful
library. The designers even constructed the library
to look like a tilted row of books, adding a modern vibe to the city. However, there’s one thing missing from
Kangbashi: people. This district was built fairly quickly, and
there weren’t enough people living there initially to make it look populated. So, as people would drive by or visit Kangbashi,
it often appeared to be abandoned, like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie. The town’s original plan was supposed to
hold about five hundred thousand residents, but it was cut down by two hundred thousand
when the economy forced construction to slow down. Despite the slow growth of Kangbashi, its
population has increased over time. As of 2018, there were about two hundred thousand
people living there. 9. Bali Airplane Another oddly abandoned place is actually
more of an item. However, that doesn’t make it any less strange. It is located in Bali near the southern coast. It’s easy to get to since it’s right off
the highway and is basically out in the open. The mystery surrounding this airplane isn’t
how it looks or where it is; it’s how the Boeing 737 got there. There are some stories about the plane, but
nothing is certain. Some residents believe that it was supposed
to be used as a restaurant for tourists and was abandoned after the owner faced financial
hardships. Assuming the local gossip is true, the plane
still fulfilled one of its purposes: tourism. The peculiarity of the Boeing 737 attracts
people by itself. 8. Hachijo Royal Resort This awe-inspiring hotel is located in Hachijo-jima,
Japan. It was constructed in the 1960s when tourism
rates were rising in the area. The resort was built in the French Baroque
style and featured a lot of beautiful architectural details. There were lavish fountains and copies of
Greek statues. The Hachijo Royal Resort was one of Japan’s
most sizable hotels at the time and attracted mostly middle-class people. Eija (ay-ja) Yasuda, the company’s president,
even had a statue of himself and his horse built on the premises. However, this extravagant getaway began crumbling
just thirty years after its creation as the tourism rates began to drop. People were more interested in going to places
like Hawaii and Thailand instead of Hachijo-jima Island. The owners attempted to regain clientele by
renaming their resort, but it eventually failed. Hachijo Royal Resort officially closed in
the mid-2000s. Nowadays, trees and other greenery have overgrown
many of the hotel’s magnificent features, making it look like ruins in the jungle. 7. Floating Forest You’d have to see it to believe it, but
there is an abandoned ship in Sydney, Australia that is now home to its own forest. The boat, eventually known as the SS Ayrfield,
was initially called the SS Corrimal and was constructed in 1911 in the United Kingdom. It weighed about one thousand one hundred
forty tons and was registered as a steam collier in Sydney. Later on, the ship served as a supply transporter
for US troops during the Second World War. In 1972, the SS Ayrfield was transported back
to Sydney for dismantlement. However, the place that took ships apart stopped
their operations, and many large boats were left behind. This ship is different from the others because
it is the only one housing a tuft of trees on its upper deck. The abandoned vessel is also a tourist attraction
and wonderful opportunity for photographers to capture surreal images. 6. New World Mall When you walk into a mall, you expect to see
stores, restaurants, escalators, and people. The last thing you plan on seeing is fish. But one mall in Bangkok had just that in the
early 2010s. The structure was closed back in 1997, but
it was only partially demolished. This was because several of the mall’s floors
weren’t legally built. So, once the New World Mall was semi-taken
down, it was left unprotected with no roof, and rain began flooding the building, leaving
a pool of water on the bottom floor. Since the water attracted an immense amount
of mosquitos, local vendors tried to come up with a way to rid the area of these blood-sucking
pests. They brought fish to the mall in hopes of
controlling the mosquito population. Since it became one of the world’s most
interesting fisheries, it attracted tourists. However, Thailand’s government decided that
the fish should be moved. About three thousand fish were removed from
the New World Mall, including tilapia, catfish, and koi. They were given to the country’s Department
of Fisheries and were eventually released into various ponds and lakes. 5. Nara Dreamland This place in Japan looks like something out
of Zombieland. However, this theme park wasn’t inspired
by a post-apocalyptic film; it was inspired by the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. A man named Kunizo Matsuo, CEO of the Matsuo
Entertainment Company, visited the United States and took a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim
in the 1950s. He was so impressed with the park that he
wanted to build one in his home country. He met with Walt Disney and talked about his
idea to bring the theme park to Nara, Japan’s capital at the time. As they were nearing the end of construction
for the new attraction, Disney and Matsuo disagreed about licensing fees regarding the
former’s famous cartoon characters. Eventually, Matsuo decided it was best to
come up with original mascots. Nara Dreamland opened in 1961, and it had
an uncanny resemblance to the Disneyland everyone knows and loves. Some of its attractions were Main Street,
U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, and a Train depot. The park became extremely popular because
it meant that residents didn’t have to fly to the United States to experience the world
of Disney. However, Disneyland opened a park in Tokyo
in 1983. After Nara Dreamland’s numbers dwindled
with the addition of Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan, the park closed
its doors for good in 2006. It was abandoned for a decade before being
demolished. 4. Les Tours De Merle If you want to feel as though you’ve traveled
back in time while taking in some beautiful scenery, then you should add the French Tours
de Merle, or Towers of Merle, castle ruins to your buckets list. Back in the twelfth through fifteenth centuries,
this crumbling structure served as a fortress. In fact, merle was home to a village, two
chapels, and seven castles. However, England took one of the castles and
towers in 1371 during the Hundred Years’ War. Decades of conflict eventually drove people
out of the area, and the Towers of Merle were abandoned. In July 1927, this place was classified as
a historical monument. Nowadays, the Towers of Merle attract tourists
from all over the world. Since it’s located in the middle of a forest,
traveling to this site offers an almost fairytale experience for visitors. 3. Kolmanskop In another region of the world, there is another
fascinating abandoned site. The Kolmanskop ghost town in Namibia was settled
in 1908 after a German railway worker discovered a diamond in the area. Miners realized that this place had more to
offer in the way of gemstones and decided to construct a small town. It encompassed a school, ballroom, power station,
hospital, theater, and casino. It also had an ice factory, Africa’s first
tram, and the southern hemisphere’s first x-ray station. However, after the Second World War came to
an end and there weren’t as many diamonds, the settlement began to decline. Plus, after the world’s richest diamond
deposits were discovered about one hundred sixty-seven miles south of the town, its downfall
was expedited. Residents of Kolmanskop left their homes and
traveled south to mine the jewels more easily. The town was abandoned by 1956 and is now
a tourist destination, and the houses are partially buried in sand. 2. Varosha This southern quarter of Famagusta, Cyprus
was a top tourist destination in the early 1970s. Many high-rise structures and hotels were
built to better serve the area’s many visitors. Numerous people vacationed there, including
celebrities like Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, Varosha was one of the most sought-after
destinations on Earth. However, things took a turn for the worse
in 1974 when the Turkish invaded Cyprus. At the time, there were thirty-nine thousand
residents living in the city, and they were all forced to flee to avoid meeting a terrible
fate. They planned to move back into their homes
once the conflict ended. But, the Turkish military fenced the entire
area off and prohibited entry to anyone who wasn’t United Nations personnel or a member
of the Turkish armed forces. In 1984, the UN Security Council Resolution
550 was enforced to make Turkey hand Varosha over to the United Nations administration. However, the country refused to cooperate
and continues to control the area to this day. Since people don’t live there anymore, nature
has taken its course and has overgrown many of the structures. Plague Island This unbelievable place is one that you might
never want to visit. The eeriness and paranormal activity surrounding
it are enough to keep the faint of heart far, far away. This island, sometimes referred to as Plague
Island, is called Poveglia and is located in the Venetian Lagoon in Italy. But, how did this place get its less-than-welcoming
nickname? The answer isn’t any better than you’ve
probably guessed at this point. In 1776, the Public Health Office took control
of the area. It served as a checkpoint for every item and
person that was going to or leaving Venice. Seventeen years later, two ships arrived at
the island, and their passengers were suffering from the plague. To keep the illness from spreading, they transformed
Poveglia into a restricted complex for those who were affected. The original idea was temporary, and they’d
planned on using it as a checkpoint again. However, Napoleon Bonaparte made the island
a permanent confinement center for sick people in 1805. It continued serving this purpose until 1922
when the buildings on the island were adapted for use as an asylum. People with mental illnesses were placed there
for long-term care, but it closed in 1968. After that, Plague Island was used for agricultural
purposes before it was permanently abandoned. Nowadays, it is an attraction for those willing
to step foot in the haunted buildings. Paranormal series like Scariest Places on
Earth and Ghost Adventures have even documented the island’s ghastly history and features. Would you visit any of these eerie places? Let us know in the comment section below!