25 Spookiest Abandoned Places On Earth

Posted by , Updated on April 20, 2024

From menacing North Korean hotels to derelict subway stations these are the 25 spookiest abandoned places on Earth.



City Hall Station - New York City, New York

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It was opened in 1904 and closed in 1945 as barely anyone ever used it.


Sanzhi UFO Houses - San Zhi, Taiwan

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Built for US military officers in the 70s, construction stopped in the 80s when funds dried up.


Disney’s Discovery Island - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Formerly a Disney wildlife attraction, rumor has it that it was closed down when deadly bacteria was found in the surrounding water.


Canfranc Rail Station, Spain

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Originally part of an international route between France and Spain, an accident in the 70s destroyed a local bridge and severed rail links between the nations.


Hashima Island, Japan

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Once a thriving town housing over 5000 miners, it was abandoned when petrol replaced coal as Japan’s primary fuel source.


Orpheum Auditorium - New Bedford, Massachusetts

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Opened on the same day as the sinking of the Titanic, today part of the building is a supermarket but the rest remains exactly as it was for the past century.


Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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This American Ocean Liner wrecked in 1994 after half a century of service.


Underwater City - Shicheng, China

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Founded 1,300 years ago the city has been underwater for 53 years since the Xin’an River Hydro Plant flooded the area


Wonderland Amusement Park - Beijing, China

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Intended to be the largest amusement park in the eastern hemisphere, financial issues prevented its completion. Today, farmers tend the land.


El Hotel del Salto - Colombia

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Built in 1928 for rich tourists to visit the local waterfall, the waterfall became contaminated and led to the eventual abandonment of the remote hotel.


Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Having held people like Al Capone, this was one of the first modern penitentiaries to be constructed.


Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium

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This small playground opened in the 50s and closed right after the turn of the century.


Michigan Central Station - Detroit, Michigan

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Built in 1913, this was the tallest station in the world. The railway closed in the 80s and renovation plans have failed.


The Overgrown Portions of the Great Wall, China

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At over 13,000 miles long it is hard to maintain every portion of the wall and some parts have fallen into disrepair.


Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, United Kingdom

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Built off the coast of England during World War II for coastal protection, these forts are now abandoned.


Eilean Donan - Loch Duich, Scotland

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Deep in the heart of Scotland, this island was abandoned until 1911 when it was renovated by some locals. It once again sits abandoned.


Chateau Miranda - Celles, Belgium

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A favorite among ghost hunters, this castle was first built by people fleeing the French revolution. After that it was used an orphanage during the World Wars and then it was left abandoned.


Aniva Rock Lighthouse - Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

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Formerly fought over by both Japan and Russia, today the island sits uninhabited between the two nations.


Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island, New York

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Originally built by a wealthy aristocrat to store surplus ammunition after America’s war with Spain, the ammunition exploded and the place has been abandoned ever since.


Gulliver’s Travels Park - Kawaguchi, Japan

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Built right under Mt Fuji this theme park lasted only 10 years before it was shutdown. Its ruins remain until today.


Six Flags Jazzland - New Orleans, Louisiana

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Abandoned ever since hurricane Katrina, some of the rides are still standing.


Willard Asylum - Willard, New York

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Built in 1869 and closed in 1995 most of the patients in this insane asylum died within its walls.


Pripyat, Ukraine

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After the Chernobyl Reactor meltdown the city was abandoned due to nuclear fallout and it will probably remain abandoned for quite some time to come.


Mirny Diamond Mine - Eastern Siberia, Russia

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This massive hole was dug by Stalin in order to mine for diamonds. It was proved too difficult to continue mining, however, and efforts were eventually abandoned.


Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea

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A testament to North Korea’s insanity, construction began during a famine. Not surprisingly the building was never finished although they did eventually manage to coat it with glass to make it look more presentable.