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10/12/2010

Sur-really weird ;)

Seeing as our first year theme is Surrealism, I thought I should mention these babies. I remember seeing this on the msn home page a while back and thinking they were one of the craziest things I'd ever seen. So I tried to do a bit of my own research on them, turns out they're pretty mysterious... Basically it's a 'Pod City' in San Zhi, Taiwan. No one really seems to know anything for certain, but it's considered that it was built in the early 80's by the government as a luxurious resort. The project has 17 blocks each with 4 circular pods, the idea apparently being that the buildings could be expanded vertically if demand required it. I guess the idea of the 'pods' was to be extremely modern, futuristic even. But evidently the idea did not take as the 'pods' have been completely abandoned for years. According to 'trusty' sources on the web, the project is said to have been abandoned after several fatal accidents occurred during construction. And even better, it is now reported to be haunted... I wish I could have visited these in their prime, it must have been like stepping into a Sci-Fi movie; I'd even have loved to visit them in their unkempt and delapidated state, I think they look eerily fascinating. Sadly though, wikipedia claims demolition work started on them almost two years ago now, with plans to turn the space into a tourist resort...


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