“Helloooo…is anybody here?”
There is certainly a mystique that surrounds those homes, buildings and even entire towns that are abandoned. It happens more often than you think, and endless deserted sites across the world still exist today. We created our own Top 8 of the eeriest—and loneliest--places on the planet.
Jet Star Rollercoaster - Seaside Heights, NJ
The Jet Star Rollercoaster was a thrilling ride at the Casino Pier Amusement Park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, for decades. Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, it was carried out to sea by the tremendous power of this super storm. The rollercoaster remained in the Atlantic Ocean until the following May, when a giant crane hoisted atop a barge was used to remove it.
Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea
Work on this North Korean hotel began in 1987 with the opening scheduled for 1989. Still unfinished in 1992, the project came to a sudden halt as an economic crisis, prompted by the collapse of the Soviet Union, hit North Korea. Then in 2008, to the surprise of many, construction resumed. The structure’s exterior was completed in 2011, reportedly covered in glass valued at over $140 million. Known as the 105 Building because it has 105 floors, plans for 3,000 guest rooms, 7 restaurants and multiple casinos and nightclubs are said to be included. As of 2017, the building remains unopened.
Pegasus Airplane- McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
On October 8, 1970, a Lockheed Constellation, known as Pegasus, crash-landed on a remote ice runway in McMurdo, Antarctica due to severe weather conditions. While 80 passengers were on board at the time, fortunately, there were no injuries or casualties. Still in the same spot where it crash-landed decades ago, the plane is now half-buried beneath the snow. And while barely visible, there is a permanent reminder of its final flight: the ice runway was renamed Pegasus in its honor.
Futuristic Resort- San- Zhi, Taiwan
Also known as “San-Zhi UFO Houses,” these abandoned futuristic looking pod homes were located in Taiwan and stood unoccupied for more than three decades. Originally intended to be a holiday resort for US Military Officers, construction began in 1978. Two years later, the project was abandoned due to financial issues and several strange deaths from suicides and car accidents during the time of the project. Eventually, the pods were demolished in 2010 to make way for a new waterpark.
Graffiti Highway - Centralia, PA
Graffiti Highway, a name coined in 2010, is located in a small town in central Pennsylvania. Centralia, once home to more than 1,000 residents and with a current population of less than 10, has been infamous since 1962. No one knows exactly how it started, but a fire erupted in the coal mine located underneath the town that spring. State and local government officials condemned the borough, as it was determined to be unsafe for residents, and all real estate was claimed under eminent domain. Even the town’s zip code has been revoked. While nearly all of its citizens evacuated, a few still remain there today. Through an agreement reached with government officials, they plan on doing so for the rest of their lives.
World’s Largest Ghost City - Ordos City, China
Designed to support over 1 million people, this futuristic metropolis in China’s Inner Mongolia region is nearly uninhabited. Built between 2005 and 2010, Ordos is known as the world’s “largest ghost city”—most likely abandoned due to high property taxes and poor construction. The cityscape is home to an array of seemingly endless buildings, including apartments, museums, athletic stadiums and schools, all of which remain eerily empty and in varying states of completion. Considered a failed utopia by some, it’s unlikely that Ordos will ever become more than what it is today: a huge, unfinished construction site.
Lake Reschen - Bolzano, Italy
Lake Reschen is famous for a very unusual reason: a 14-century church tower emerges from its depths! This manmade reservoir was formed in 1950, when a local Italian electric company successfully lobbied to create a dam as a source for electricity. To do so, it was necessary to combine two mountain lakes, and submerge two small villages in the valley between them. The only thing that remains above the waterline from these abandoned villages is the bell tower. When the water freezes, visitors are able to reach the steeple on foot.
Winchester Mystery House - San Jose, California
Sarah Winchester inherited more than $20 million and fifty percent of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company after her husband, William Wirt Winchester, died of tuberculosis in 1881. After the deaths of her husband and infant daughter, some say Sarah was instructed by a spiritualist to move west and build a home for the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifles in the Civil War—who were believed to be the cause of Sarah’s misfortune. In order to avoid becoming their next victim, Sarah followed the advice. She was further instructed to maintain the construction, and never stop building. The mansion for the spirits was continuously built from 1884 until 1922, when Sarah died. It is said to be haunted throughout its 161 rooms, which include 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 2 basements, and 3 elevators.