1. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat, Ukraine was a thriving city of nearly 50,000 until it needed to be quickly and fully abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it will remain unoccupied for thousands of years into the future. If you want to see more, Wackulus has a then and now article on the city.
2. Mir Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
The Mir Mine was a diamond mine and stands as the second largest excavated hole in the world. After the hole became unstable, they attempted to build tunnels to continue mining, but were forced to abandon the mine in 2004.
3. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan
Construction on these houses began in 1978 with the intention on making them part of a vacation resort marketed towards U.S. military officers coming from their East Asian postings. The project had to be abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses as well as several car accident deaths and suicides during construction.
4. Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana
Six Flags Jazzland was fully functioning park before Hurricane Katrina, when it was terribly damaged. It has been abandoned since. Many of the rides still stand.
5. Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan
Constructed in the shadow of Mt Fuji near the Aokigahara Suicide Forest, Gulliver’s Travels Park. It simply didn’t get enough visitors and closed only 10 years later.
6. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Open between 1974 and 1999, the island allowed guests to get a closeup view of wildlife. It is rumored that the island was left to run wild after bacteria capable of killing humans was discovered in the surrounding water.
7. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia
The Cape Aniva Lighthouse was built by Japan in 1939. The land belonged to Russia in 1875, but the Mys Aniva half of the island fell to Japan in 1905 only to be reclaimed by Russia again after World War II. It is thought that they may have used systems on the island to attempt to run the lighthouse without diesel engines that caused the island and lighthouse to become radioactive. It currently sits deserted and unused.
8. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium
This castle was built in 1866 by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, who were French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. The castle remained in the family until World War II, where it was transitioned into an orphanage and remained one until 1980. It has stood empty since 1991, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. This castle is now a favorite of ghost hunters and urban explorers.
9. Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island sits around 9 miles from the city of Nagasaki, in southern Japan. The island was rich with coal, which they began mining in 1887. In 1959, over 5,000 people lived on the island. Petrol took over as a main fuel source, and the mine closed in 1974. Shortly after, the residents left the island behind to slowly crumble.
10. City Hall Station – New York City, New York
Opened on October 27, 1904, this station underneath the public area in front of City Hall was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. However, it was never an important station and closed in 1945; in its final year of use, it served only 600 passengers per day. While passengers can’t get off here today, it can be seen by those who choose to keep riding the 6 <6> services as they travel around the loop to head back uptown
11. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The SS America was built in 1940 as a cruise ship and spent 1941-1946 in the U.S. Navy before returning to the role of a luxury cruiser. In 1993, after 53 years of service, the liner was being towed to Phuket in Thailand to be refitted as a hotel ship when it ran into a storm. It broke lose and ran aground. While the owners were contemplating how to move it again, it became badly damaged by the waves bashing it into a sandbar and was declared a total loss. It is slowly disappearing beneath the waves as nature continues to beat against it.
12. Underwater City – Shicheng, China
Shicheng was founded 1,300 years ago and was once a center of politics and economics in eastern province of Zhejiang In 1959 it was flooded to build the to Xin’an River Hydro Plant. It remains intact under the waves.
13. Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom
These small fortified towers were built in the Thames and Mersey during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s now stand empty.
14. Overgrown section of the Great Wall – China
It’s easy to picture the Great Wall as active and well-kept, but because the wall is 13,170 miles long, there are many sections that receive little maintenance. These areas stand uncared for and overgrown.
15. Michigan Central Station – Detroit, Michigan
Central Station was constructed in 1912 and 1913 and served as the passenger rail depot for Detroit. At the time of construction, it was the tallest train station in the world. With the closure of the line in 1988, Central Station fell into disuse and neglect. It was announced on 2/23/15 that the building would soon be receiving 1,000 new windows, although it’s not clear what the owner plans are for further redevelopment (if any).
16. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium
Dadipark was a recreational attraction starting from the 1950’s and lasting until its closure in 2002. In 2000 a boy lost his arm on a water ride called the Nautic Jet. This terrible accident occurred after a series of other negative events at the park. Park goers began to complain about the safety of the park and visitors to it steadily began to decline. In 2002 Dadipark announced that it would be closing for renovations, but failed to open its doors again.
17. Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China
Intended to be the biggest amusement park in Asia, construction was halted and never restarted after Wonderland owners ran into financial issues. The land has since been cultivated by local farmers. People have reported that sometimes when visiting the site, there would still be parking attendants in the site’s parking lot, presumably to tend to onlookers and curious sightseers that came to visit.
18. El Hotel del Salto – Colombia
The luxurious Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. With its location on the edge of the cliff, it provided a breathtaking view to its guests. The Bogotá river became contaminated however, and tourists gradually lost their interest to the area. The hotel finally closed down in the early 90’s and became abandoned. The site was a popular suicide spot, so it attracts many ghost hunters who believe that the hotel is haunted.
19. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy
This statue was created by Guido Galletti in 1954 and placed it into the water. (Click here for a full article on statues abandoned under the sea)
20. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
Work started on this absolute giant of a hotel in 1987, which is also known as the 105 Building, in reference to its number of floors. Only a few years later in 1992, construction was halted as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008. It has been halted and restarted several times since, and is officially still under construction.