Here’s our list of strange places and creepy ghost towns around the world! Travel with us at Zero2Hero as we explore in 2017!
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From underwater complexes, to always-burning cities, these are nine of the
creepiest ghost town in the world.
Stay tuned to find out which one led to the death of over 80,000 residents!
Number 9: Kijong-dong, North Korea.
The tensions between North and South Korea are legendary, and have filled both
Western and Eastern media for the past few decades.
After the 1953 Armistice that ended the Korean war,
a demilitarized zone was created that extends around two and a half miles into
both countries was established on the borders of South and North Korea.
On the North Korean side of the border, only two villages are allowed to exist
within sight of their democratic neighbors. Often referred to as “Peace
Village”, Kijŏng-dong is touted by North Korea as a 200 family, collective farm.
In actuality, inspection by modern technology has revealed that the town’s
many concrete buildings actually lack windows, are lit and de-lit at set times,
and that only custodians walk the many streets of the city — even despite what the
controlling, communist government might tell you. Outside experts postulate that
Kijŏng-dong was created in an attempt to lure South Korean citizens into defecting
to their northern neighbor back in the 50s. From a distance, the city promises peace,
community cooperation, and happiness, but upon closer inspection…it’s all but a
Number 8: Kangbashi, China.
The Ordos desert is a constantly expanding, sand-filled strip of land
located in the southern portion of Mongolian China. The soil of Ordos
is made up of a mixture of clay and sand and doesn’t really lend itself to the
sustaining of agriculture. The city of Ordos is the rather large, economical
center of the Chinese state of Ordos. Ordos City is known for its very active
government and also for its constant fight against the advance of the dessert that
surrounds it and constantly threatens to overtake it. Despite successfully fighting
the sands of its namesake desert for many years, in the later part of the early
2000s, the city of Ordos found their water supplies severely threatened by the
surrounding sands. Faced with the danger of not having enough water to support
their population, the leaders of Ordos embarked on a project to build a new
district on the outskirts of their home. Thus Kangbashi was born. Originally
designed to house over a million people, hits to the economy of Ordos City later
caused its leaders to scale back the Kangbashi building project to house only
300,000 people. Rather than building housing in Kangbashi as would be
needed, however, the community leaders of Ordos built massive apartment
buildings, hospitals, railways, roads, and all the infrastructure that a city could ever
need all at once. This all-in attitude has left Kangbashi a ghost town, filled with
beautiful but also quiet and unmoving giant buildings. Kangbashi is slowly
growing, but for now at least, it’smostly the winds of the desert and the rays
of the sparkling sun that fill the streets of the empty, would-be utopia.
Number 7: Plymouth, Montserrat.
Man has battled against the elements since he learned to find shelter from the
elements within caves and primitive houses. And yet, a lot of the time all we
can do to avoid the Earth’s fearsome power is to get out of its way and to step
aside from whatever swath of destruction that it has produced. For years, Plymouth
City was the capital and only port of the British foreign territory of Montserrat.
Built upon a formerly inactive volcano, this all changed in the mid-90s. In 1995,
the Soufriere Hills volcano began to stir. Massive eruptions of hot, deadly gas, and
burning ash ripped forth from the top of the once-sleeping mountain in the July
of that year. At first, as a precaution, the residents of the city were evacuated, but
were then allowed to return to their homes a few months later when the
Soufriere had appeared to have calmed down. The return of the citizens of
Plymouth would prove to be the foundation for a terrible tragedy, however.
The volcano near Plymouth would erupt again in 1997 and killed almost twenty
people. After the deaths of almost two dozens of its citizens,Plymouth was
evacuated again and then declared uninhabitable soon after.Nowadays, the
buildings of the destroyed city stand stooped and buried under thousands of
pounds of volcanic ash. A new capital for Montserrat is currently under
construction, but as of 2013, Plymouth remains the official capital of the island territory.
Number 6: Bodie, California.
Bodie began its life as a small and isolated mining settlement. In the
mid-to-late 1800s, the California mining organization, named The Standard
Company, discovered gold in and around the area surrounding the land that
would one-day become the town of Bodie. Popular legend states that Bodie then
quickly grew to be the third largest town within California. Although perhaps
somewhat large, Bodie never quite reached such heavy levels of population…
according to its recorded census data. In any case, the city would continue to grow
until the late 1800s, at which point it began to decline. Like with many of the
old west ghost towns, Bodie began to die thanks to the very thing that had given it
life. When the gold of the land around the town began to dry up, the town’s settlers,
many of which who were opportunistic fortune seekers by their very nature,
began to venture to what they thought would be greener pastures. Nowadays,
Bodie is maintained by the Californian government and is a reminder of an era
when men would stake their lives and time on a desire to strike it rich.
Number 5: Kolmanskop, Namibia.
Located within the African country of Namibia, Kolmanskop is a relic from the
days when Africa was almost entirely controlled by foreign interests and greed.
In 1908, a German railway worker, a man named Zacharias Lewala, found a
diamond while working nearby the land that would become Kolmanskop.
Zacharias showed said diamond to his supervisor. Soon after this, the entire area
around where the find had been obtained was claimed and declared an exclusive
property of the German government. Thus Kolmanskop was born! Constructed in the
vein of the German architecture of the day, Kolmanskop featured a hospital,
school, ballroom, and more. In the years before WWII, however, the diamond mines
of the area began to run dry. This prompted the German government to
divert their attention from Kolmanskop and with it also went the German workers
who had built the city. Without anyone to live and work within the mining town, the
Namibia desert that surrounded the settlement made fast and steady work of
reclaiming Kolmanskop. Almost every one of its buildings has since been filled
with sand or dirt. In the modern day, the mining city can only been entered by
applying for, and receiving a special permit.
Number 4: Pripyat, Ukraine.
The incident at Chernobyl is probably one of the most infamous and well-known
nuclear disasters to ever occur. Before the reactor at Chernobyl overloaded
and contaminated the surrounding area, Pripyat was the city that had been built up
to service the nuclear power station. In 1979, Pripyat was officially declared a city,
but, not even a full decade later, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted
down and forced the evacuation of the settlement. Before this had happened,
nuclear power had been touted as the way of the future by the then Soviet
government. The Russian administration was so optimistic about the use of
nuclear power and so sure that it would be safe, that the Chernobyl power plant
was almost constructed near the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. It was only after a
significant amount of prodding and warning by the scientific community that
the Soviet authorities decided to build Chernobyl near Pripyat instead. The
radiation and fallout of the Chernobyl meltdown was so terrible that mutated
wildlife now roams the abandoned streets of Pripyat, which have been reclaimed by
the surrounding wilds over the past few decades.
Number 3: Beichuan, China.
Beichuan is a rural, Chinese town that’s located in a valley that’s well known for
rising up over the Dragon Gate Seismic Fault Line. In the May of 2008, it was this
same fault line that produced a massive earthquake of a 7.8 magnitude. The
forceful and merciless Earth crumbled down the homes of Beichuan’s residents
and cracked apartments down to their foundations, rendering most of the city to
nothing but dust and debris. Half of Beichuan’s residents are estimated to
have perished in this catastrophic disaster and another 82,000 may have
died in the surrounding areas. With such an astounding death toll, it is still only the
20th most deadly earthquake in history…but we’ll have to talk about that more
another time. Abandoned and destroyed, Beichuan has since been overtaken by
nature. Trees and crumbled houses both compete for space to rise from the
ground here and cars still lie crushed under massive concrete slabs.
Number 2: Shi Cheng, China.
For hundreds of years, Shi Cheng was a powerful economic and political hub for
China. However, back in the 1950s the Chinese government began the
construction of a man-made lake to power a planned hydroelectric facility.
During the construction of this lake, the ancient and massive city of Shi Cheng
was flooded slowly. Over time, Shi Cheng became completely submerged by the
waters of the man-made lake that the Chinese authorities had created. For
decades, Shi Cheng has been forgotten by the people of China; however, now there
are a number of divers lobbying to turn this Eastern Atlantis into a tourist
attraction. The ancient, carved lions and towering, Chinese architecture of Shi
Cheng sits forebodingly at the bottom of its watery grave. Forgotten for ages…it
may soon be drawing in people once more.
Number 1: Centralia, Pennsylvania.
In 1770, the land that would become Centralia, Pennsylvania was purchased
from the Native Americans inhabitants by colonial settlers from the Old World.For a
long time after that, Centralia remained relatively unnoticed, until, in 1854, the
coal deposits there began to draw the interest of investors and settlers.The
town would continue to grow for quite some time, until an unexpected turn of
events changed everything. In 1962, the leaders of Centralia hired members of the
city’s local fire department to burn off the trash and debris of their landfill.
Unfortunately, the Centralia landfill had been moved in the years prior and the
relatively safe practice of burning off trash had unexpected consequences.
The flames from the burning trash escaped the landfill and were funneled
into the abandoned coalmines under the city, igniting and lighting them ablaze.
Thanks to this phenomenon, the land under Centralia soon became unstable
and was deemed by many experts as too dangerous to occupy. Centralia was
abandoned for the most part, with most of its residents accepting buyout offers
from the Government of Pennsylvania and with most of the rest being evicted by
the state through a declaration of imminent domain on the dangerous land.
A very small number of original Centralia citizens have been allowed to remain and
live out the rest of their lives within the condemned town, but their property is set
to be seized once they have passed on. Not only is this fire is still burning today,
but scientists predict it could burn for another 250 years!
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