Abandoned, Disused & Ruinous Places

Kondoru

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Or their parents back on the farm.

(or their grandparents back in the Old country...)
 

maximus otter

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Abandoned Taiwan tour on bucket list for Aussies

After a rough two years, international travel is on the verge of exploding again.

But with all the logistics of getting overseas being more complicated than ever, travel agents are experiencing a massive uptick in business - something Crooked Compass founder Lisa Pagotto has noticed.

Crooked Compass specialises in challenging and experiential tours - specifically ones that get Aussies off the heavily trodden tourist track.

One particular tour that plenty of Aussies have their eye on is one only recently offered by Crooked Compass - a tour of abandoned sites in Taiwan.

The 11-day tour takes people through a former prison, crumbling mansions and an abandoned amusement park.

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The abandoned amusement park stop in Taiwan.

The tour also stops at a temple destroyed by an earthquake, a bizarre village full of deserted UFO houses and an eerie abandoned military base, sitting on a volcanic island.

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The bizarre abandoned UFO houses in Wanli, a Taiwan futuristic village.

The abandoned Taiwan tour came from the huge success of the HBO series Chernobyl, that told the origin story of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Crooked Compass had been offering tours to Chernobyl, a “dark tourism” hotspot where people go to see the abandoned town and its nuclear contamination.

“I was building a different Taiwan tour at the time and we were getting quite a few photographer inquires so I started asking operators not for wildlife or nature ... I wanted something different,” Ms Pagotto said.

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Ruins of a smelter plant and factory in Taiwan. Picture: Crooked Compass

It was her own Instagram, featuring pictures of Ms Pagotto at Chernobyl that sparked inspiration from a local Taiwanese tourism operator.

“(The tourist operator) said, ‘we have heaps of abandoned sites here, you want to do a tour?’,” Ms Pagotto recounted.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/trav...s/news-story/b3026785cb00997fc56c0e70458135c7

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Lb8535

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l’ve just glanced at apartments.com, and the cheapest flat for rent in NYC is $1,139 per month. (The exterior of its building looks like a set from a Tim Burton Batman film.)

l’m confident that there are hundreds of young professionals in NY who’d napalm an orphanage to have the space you’ve depicted.

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Actually that garret space shown above has already been remodeled in NYC and is renting for well over $1100.
 

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IbisNibs

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They must be trust fund kids.
 

Swifty

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'Abandoned church purchased by skaters and renovated into a dream park' ..

.. says a facebook link. I'm going to need to look into this one deeper. I'm dubious, sceptical and lot's other things that make me doubt this is genuine .. it might me though? ..

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edit: it's real.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/12/skate-church-okuda-san-miguel/
You wait centuries for an abandoned church to be converted into a skatepark and then two come along at once .. this one's been greenlit in Norwich, UK ..

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/local-...O5ZlNdt7lqUsheWC4ol3PljI0-un9SfzvY4RI2YYwHdoE
 

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Oh my, a beautiful ancient building like that becoming a skating rink? What a shame!
I strongly disagree. These ancient churches will now have new life breathed into them via spiritual people surfing inside of them instead of them just being left to decay. These decisions have to be officially approved by the church. They'll be correctly financially maintained for a few years until a new use is found for them. That and a lot (but not all) skaters are God squad these days, same as the surf scene. Our last local vicar was a surfer .. and heaven is a half pipe ..

 
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I strongly disagree. These ancient churches will now have new life breathed into them via spiritual people surfing inside of them instead of them just being left to decay. These decisions have to be officially approved by the church. They'll be correctly financially maintained for a few years until a new use is found for them. That and a lot (but not all) skaters are God squad these days, same as the surf scene. Our last local vicar was a surfer .. and heaven is a half pipe ..

Well I would love to live in one, or see it converted into beautiful housing.
 

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Well I would love to live in one, or see it converted into beautiful housing.
Love's going to be flowing through it instead of the heavy metal vibes. I love 80's/90's heavy metal vibes but they don't belong inside a church kind enough to host skaters, these are God squad sK8ors ..
 

Kondoru

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As a student of old buildings I agree; its important to find them new and sympathetic uses. In this country we have so many. (60 listed buildings in my village alone; and thats not including though which ought to be listed which technically is anything pre 1920....) So we have to find them new life.

We have so many redundant churches too; not to mention churches still in use but with insufficient bums on pews, (ie, every one).

Re using an old building save a fortune and is environmentally responsible.

Now please dont go and Google Swindon Mechanics Institute

(or maybe you should...)
 

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For more details on what an abandoned building can become, listen to this podcast:
15 True Scary Urbex Horror Stories
Scary, horrifying and educational—if you smell something like rotten eggs, but can't smell it in the next breath, hold your breath and get out of there! Some abandoned places decay into major toxic waste sites with H2S that eats your lungs (story 2 at 5:18).

This is one in a series of mostly first person scary stories, read in a calm, reassuring voice. I can't listen to them too much, as it starts to feel bad for my mental health, but they certainly provide information I would not otherwise have access to.
 

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Love's going to be flowing through it instead of the heavy metal vibes. I love 80's/90's heavy metal vibes but they don't belong inside a church kind enough to host skaters, these are God squad sK8ors ..
Man, I'm quite glad that the heavy metal people I know are the "screw your conformity, humans should have personal agency, punch fascists" sort. About as kind as they come. I'm sure some of that's regional/generational, although I also know they tend to ditch bands that are a problem, so those don't not exist... oh well.
 

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Little bit of a fortean side to this one.

Creepiest Abandoned House I've Ever Explored
 

Swifty

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Me and a mate found this old doorway a couple of days ago and we both agreed that the place also felt weird .. I mean it looks spooky in a Hollywood/Tim Burton way but it also felt weird so neither of us felt comfortable there ..

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