There’s something thrilling about exploring abandoned places. It’s more than just feeling edgy after walking past the “do not enter” sign or changing up your Instagram feed; it’s a history lesson like no other.
Here are a few of abandoned places in the Philippines and in Asia that you should add to your bucket list:
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If you’re hoping to experience paranormal activity in the Philippines, then you have to drop by Clark Air Base Hospital.
The now derelict structure was once used as refuge for the dying and wounded during the 2nd World War and the Vietnam war.
Because of its infamously haunted reputation, the hospital was featured in National Geographic’s “I Wouldn’t Go in There”. They say you can still hear the cries of patients to this day, and if you’re lucky (unlucky?), you might even meet a fallen soldier.
For only P1000, you and up to nine other friends can explore what could’ve been the Philippines’ own version of Disneyland. Tall towers, overgrown grass, and unfinished rides are all that’s left of the ambitious theme park that never really came to be.
Today, Fantasy Land stands frozen in time, eerily quiet yet strangely well-kept.
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The Quonset Huts in the former US Navy base were used as barracks for the American soldiers and as housing for army surplus.
The cylindrical structures have faced multiple calamities in Philippine history including the deadly Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and are now left in shambles as the lease of the facility ended over 20 years ago.
Paco Train Station is so old that it predates some the country’s most historical landmarks such as the Metropolitan Theater and the Manila City Hall.
The over-a-century-old building withstood and served as the backdrop to many important and bloody events in Philippine history such as World War I & II.
Thankfully, attempts of restoration have been made through the years as it is now part of the Department of Transportation and Communications plans to rehabilitate the railroad system.
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Sitio Song Song is a “ghost barangay” 23 kilometers from Basco, Batanes. It’s composed of abandoned stone houses dating back to the American period.
The settlement was once considered a place of freedom where the locals could live closer to their farms outside of the city center, until it was destroyed by a tsunami during the 1950’s.
Since then, the residents have resettled in multiple parts of the country, leaving the place empty for decades.
Cambodia’s infamous Bokor Hill Station was formerly used as a resort for the French elite. Built in a span of nine months by Cambodian laborers, its rushed construction resulted to a death toll of almost 1000.
The site, which now lies in ruins, used to house a luxurious hotel, a grand casino, a church, royal residences, and more. Finally abandoned in the early ‘70s, the eerie property has since been used as the setting for movies such as City of Ghosts.
Easily one of the largest private residences ever built on Singapore soil to date, the Istana Woodneuk was originally owned by Johor Sultan Abu Bakar ibni Daing Ibrahim (1833-1895). Over the years, the mansion was sold and converted to a general’s quarters and military hospital.
The majestic structure was subject to bombings, and more recently, a fire. Though it’s not charted by any modern map and is considered off-limits to outsiders, some brave few have made the journey thru thick jungle and rough terrain.
10 years since the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a large portion of a mountainous region in south-central China, the city of Beichuan and its remaining structures have slowly been reclaimed by nature.
Before the quake, the city was home to some 20,000 residents, today, the city is left a ghost town frozen in time.
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Mimaland the first theme park of Malaysia was once a bustling tourist trap with hotels, a massive water park, and giant cartoon figures. Its sudden closure happened after a guest had drowned in one of the resort’s pools, and a landslide hit the property a year after.
The management attempted to battle it out in court to no avail. It officially closed its doors to the public on 1994.
Built in 1978 in hopes of being a luxury resort, the Sanzhi UFO Houses seemed to be destined to fail. Just two years after beginning construction, the property was abandoned after a series of mysterious suicides by multiple workers and fatal accidents nearby occurred.
Since then, the supposed futuristic-style homes were left derelict and crumbling as builders refused to set foot on the “cursed” land.
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