[ 三芝 ] Ruins: UFO Houses


[  三芝 飛碟屋 ]  UFO Houses in Sanzhi (northern coast of Taiwan)

Photography of ruins has become popular among particular photography groups. The sense of capturing what was once prosperous and glorious in its present crumpling state is fascinating; the lack of order, the foreshadowing of a certain future, the nostalgic feeling for what once existed… These UFO-like houses were built about 20 years ago as a seaside resort but was never in operation due to financial difficulties or some unknwon reason, and was left to its own demise. Photos of the ruins and stories of it being “haunted” or the site of some murder circulated in press and on internet attracted visitors from world wide to photo-shoot here. Rumors of it being torn down to build a something new has prompted even more visitors to the site recently. Among the many..


we also made a visit to the place for some photo-shooting! 😀

The dragon sits right by the coastal highway of the northern part of Taiwan. It was painted recently. It was all grey like raw concrete before. But some group apparently has painted this thing over and even put a doggy’s bone in the dragon’s mouth, making it sort of awkward but also cute.

 

We searched for an entrace into this UFO complex. It was walled but there were some cracks in the wall around the place that we could get into.

 

We went along the highway to the edge of the complex near the beach. We stood on a dyke that was about 2/3 of my height right by the wall of the complex.

 


We climbed into the area through a crack on the wall by the beach and saw these huge houses before us.

 


Some brave parents brought their kids in here after us. The crack in the wall was to the very right side of the photo.

 


Everything is broken.

 


Metals left to rust in the water under the buildings.


The windows must have been broken by the strong seawind.

So thanks to my friends, we went into the building…

 


We went inside one of the buildings. The basement looked like a big junk pool. Quite disgusting. But  I like this shot because I caught my 2 friends photo-shooting at that big junk pool. haha


Window through window.

 


I like the color of this roof but this thing is definitely going to fall down soon because it was swaying with the sea wind!


Perfect view of the ocean.


There’s something about broken windows that look out to the sea that makes someone feel rather peaceful in a strange way.


Over the edge.

 


Lots of UFO houses! I think there was about 10 of them (wasnt really counting)- all in varied colors. The houses are not “officially” named the UFO houses. It’s just that people think they look like UFOs so they got nicknamed that way.


Some cosplay girl was posing for photo..


Looks almost like a perfect vacation spot eh?

The “fake” mountain by the pool. The huge monkey (probably from 西遊記) apparently has fell and landed heavily on the supporting rods.


Inside the “fake” mountain that we guess was the foundation for  water slide. Looking through a huge hole on the wall to the other UFO houses.


This is almost pretty! You could almost imagine yourself living here if the houses are not falling apart and the pool doesn’t have rusting water slides.


It looks more like shipwreck really..
Not sure how the water slide fell apart and all went into the pool. Maybe typhoon? Stron sea wind?


It has become a “theme park” of another sort. So many people were taking photos here, including cosplay people and fashion-magazine stuff. This is not necessarily saying this place is a safe place to go roam around because after all, this is a “ruins”.. Things mght fall apart and sit right on you, you never know!


These ones had less broken windows because they are not right by the beach lke the other ones.


I’m not sure what that kid on the broken slide is trying to do. Maybe he wants to take a mineral bath in there.


There was a huge Roman-bath like pool in the center “courtyard” of the UFO complex.


More ruins ahead!

 


Spooky and creepy indeed!!

 


Inside that ruins – this place seems more messed up inside. It was suppose to be a “restaurant”.


Exiting from another hole in the wall – but this time the place is much closer to where we parked!

When we went, we thought the place was going to get torn down the coming Monday. But apparently news has it that this place probably won’t get torn down ’til January!
Recent news about the delay of the tearing down of the ruins (film shooting)
* 跨國電影取景 飛碟屋緩拆 瑞典台灣首度攜手 北縣順推其他景點: http://1-apple.com.tw/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Article&Sec_ID=4&ShowDate=20081128&IssueID=20081128&art_id=31180938&NewsType=1&SubSec=71

One last view of the place in a sunny Saturday afternoon before we headed off to the most northern tip of Taiwan here: Glow at the Most Northern End

 


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Photography of Ruins has become quite popular starting from Japan. There’s even an organization of photographers who do photo-shooting excursions to ruins to take professional photos of ruins. This is one of the books I read in Oct. It gave me some new “insights” or perception of ruins.
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