When someone says the phrase ‘ghost town’, they don’t mean a town inhabited by ghosts and ghouls; they mean a town which is not inhabited at all. There are certain towns and places which are completely deserted and most probably dangerous to visit, if not illegal in some circumstances. Here are ten amazing ghost towns from around the world.
1. New City of Chenggong, China
The new city of Chenngong was originally designed for the purpose of it being an overspill point for the nearby city of Kunming. The city of Kunming has a population of nearly seven million. However, no-one ended up moving there except a handful of students and security guards. With abandoned luxury malls, stadiums and thousands of buildings untouched – it is one of Asia’s biggest largest ghost towns.
This small ghost town in Southern Namibia was heavily popular in the early 20th century only became a town when people discovered that there were diamonds to be harvested. However, after the diamond reserves were exhausted; everyone left. The town now is empty as a bucket with a hole, gathering sand being blown in from the dunes.
Prypiat is perhaps Europe’s most famous ghost town, affected solely by the Chernobyl disaster. The town is completely deserted, and there are still nuclear readings in the town. The population was near to 50,000 before the reactor went into meltdown.
Just before the turn of the millennium, developers tried to construct a theme park alike Disney…but failed. The park now grows green with the crops of local farmers.
Gunkanjima is a completely uninhabited island just outside of Nagaski. At the end of the 19th century, Mitsubishi bought the island in an effort to harvest coal from the surrounding sea. Over the course of the next sixty years the island became a community for all its workers. However, coal ran its course as petroleum took over in the world and the once thriving island became a ghost town.
The settlement of Varosha within Famagusta lies on the border between Turkey and Cyprus, and is not a friendly place at all. A power struggle between the two countries left the once popular tourist destination completely empty.
Thames town is a mock-English recreation town which no-one lives in but still proves popular with people looking for investments for the future. Walk down the cobbled streets and a variety of different empty pubs, chippies and even gothic looking churches. Thames town is most popular with the wedding industry; photos of newlyweds are taken around the vacant streets.
After the Greco-Turkish war ended in the early 20th century, a million Greek citizens which were living in Kayakoy were forced to repatriate; leaving their town behind. The town is now a preserved historic site with hundreds of homes and churches lying dormant.
Pyramiden is a coal-reserve town surrounded in arctic conditions, which was taken over by the USSR in the early 20th century. Theatres, libraries, music halls, cinemas and accommodation were created for the mine-workers. However in 1998 when the coal was depleted, everyone left.
Centralia is the city on which the popular video game ‘Silent Hill’ was based upon. In the 1960s a coal vein was ignited, imposing negative health affects upon the town. The ignited coal vein is expected to keep burning for another 250 years.
Author: This article was put together by the team at British Antique Replicas.