Wednesday, January 07, 2009

the ufo pod village in sanzhi


for many years, i've known about the ufo pod village homes along the north coast. i've driven by this mysterious and allegedly haunted place many times before but never actually went in. however, last month, along with hui-chen and mj, we took the opportunity to go inside and walk around this abandoned housing community during our trip to frank's texas bbq, which is located just a few minutes drive from the site.

for the story of this housing project, go to the following link: http://sofree.twbbs.org/blog/2008/01/20/truth-about-frp

in summary, these were developed as vacation homes some 30+ years ago but the building company had to halt everything and abandon the project due to financial problems.

didn't take any photos but here are some videos i took there.....









the following is an excellent timelapse video by jason chen.....


here's the google maps location.....

view larger map

i'm really glad we went to visit this place because it has been demolished since!

what a shame!

10 comments:

Bicyclesidewalk said...

I live around this area -
I moved to Taiwan about 3 months ago.
I enjoy your writings, etc.
Nathan
www.bicycle-sidewalk.com

cat said...

oh noooooo they finally tore it down???? I heard they were going to but I was hoping to go do some photography there before they did. We drove by it a few times but I was too lazy.

Jas said...

I have been to Taipei too last March and cannot wait to go back again! I look forward to more of your post about Taiwan. HA, thanks for sharing!

Andres said...

bicyclesidewalk... thanks! you live in a nice area. i love driving out there, not to mention frank's bbq is near by!

cat... yea, it's a real shame they tore it down! sorry you never got to go see it in person.

jas... thanks. good to hear you liked taiwan! we're definitely not a tourist hot spot.

dennis said...

interesting how i'd read several blogs documenting these pods :)

Andres said...

dennis..... yup, look at the timelapse video i posted above. the place surprisingly gets lots of visitors. a real shame its been torn down.

berad said...

I've found many of Taipei's charming little surprises over recent years... disappointed I missed this one!

Andre said...

berad... yeah, kinda sad to see that it was torn down. wished they had rebuilt it instead.

S. Babylon said...

fascinating architecture. came across this development a few years ago, i can't believe it's all gone.

Andre said...

S. Babylon... fascinating indeed. even today it has to be some of the most interesting architectural designs around. just too bad never made it for people to actually enjoy the facilities.