Photos by MJ Klein
For years I’ve been reading about this mysterious place in northern Taiwan, where there are abandoned homes that resemble UFOs. I’ve always wanted to go there and check it out, and thanks to our good friend Andres, we were able to do so recently.
This Google Earth image shows an overview of the complex.
This is the first view of the pods from the road. Yes, those are chickens that some people are keeping inside the fence.
The story of the Pod Village is fairly well known. Begun by a petroleum company in 1980 , the project was halted when the company ran out of money. Taken over by a bank and eventually by another group of investors, the project was started up again, but (as things go sometimes) the investors had a disagreement and the project was abandoned for good in 1989.
This complex has some interesting features. This depression apparently was part of an underground lobby complex that originated from another set of buildings. Now it’s full of rain and sea water. I think it looks like it would have made a very nice Roman style pool.
As you can see, there are 2 pools in the complex. This place had everything!
There is even a “cave” for kids to play in. As I was walking around I kept thinking what a cool place this was and how much fun it would have been to live here.
Being close to the ocean, it does get hammered pretty good by wind and spray.
This has contributed to the decline of the complex. The pods are fiberglas (FRP) shells hung on a concrete frame.
Many of the pods are literally falling apart.
This is some kind of water processing plant behind the cave. It looks like it was the pool filtering system.
I recommend that you click on any of these photos and go to the Flickr Pod Village Photo Album to view the rest of the photos of this amazing place. To help views find other photos taken of this amazing place, I’ve created a group on Flickr. Please feel free to add your photos to this group.
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