Monday, May 26, 2008

The future looks bleak, and ikea-ish

San-Zhr Pod Village is an abandoned hotel/housing pod development located in the north coast of Taiwan. Photographer Craig Ferguson ventured into the remote area earlier this year.

"Accounts vary on the origins of this complex, and indeed, as to whether it was meant to be a hotel development or a housing development. Apparently, it was constructed in the 1960s and included/was to include a dam to protect it against sea surges, floors and stairs made of marble and a small amusement park. The site was commissioned by the government and local firms and there is no named architect. Local papers at the time reported that there were numerous accidents during construction which caused the death of some workers. As news of these accidents spread, no one wanted to go there, even to visit, and the project was subsequently abandoned.The ghosts of those who died in vain are said to still linger there, unremembered and unable to pass on. The complex was left in its unfinished state because no amount of redevelopment will bring people to the area due to superstitions about ghosts, and it can’t be demolished because destroying the homes of spirits and lost souls is taboo in Asian culture."

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1 comment:

THE Captain said...

So they can be had for cheap? I've always wanted an exotic, (haunted) summer home