Back to the Future: the Sanzhi UFO Houses in Taiwan

Have you ever seen a crash-landed UFO up close? Until five years ago, Taiwan had a reasonable facsimile thereof: a strange and spooky complex called the Sanzhi Pod Village.

Situated along a remote stretch of coastline in the Sanzhi district of Northern Taiwan, this luxury resort-turned-ghost town was abandoned in 1980 but continues to attract tourists and repel locals. Even after the buildings were torn down in 2010, visitors continued to converge on the area from all over the globe, drawn by the rumors of ongoing paranormal activity.

The pod village was originally intended as a vacation destination for wealthy travelers and U.S. military personnel posted in East Asia. It made sense at the time: UFOs were all the rage on television and in films. What vacationer would pass up the chance to relax on a beach with neon buildings shaped like flying saucers in the background?

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