UFO House, Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan

by sci, a view of UFO House, Sanjhih,Taipei County, Taiwan

The Sanzhi UFO houses (三芝飛碟屋), also known as the Sanzhi pod houses or Sanzhi Pod City, were a set of abandoned pod-shaped buildings in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. The buildings resembled Futuro houses, of which some examples also can be found in Taiwan. The site where the buildings were located was owned by Hung Kuo Group.

by Nick Haung, a view of UFO House, Sanjhih,Taipei County, Taiwan

The UFO houses were constructed beginning in 1978. They were intended as a vacation resort in a part of the northern coast adjacent to Danshui, and were marketed towards U.S. military officers coming from their East Asian postings. However, the project was abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and several car accident deaths during construction, which is said to have been caused by the unfortuitous act of bisecting the Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates for widening the road to the buildings. Other stories indicated that the site was the former burial ground for Dutch soldiers.
The pod-like buildings became a minor tourist attraction due in part to their unusual architecture. The structures have since been subject of a film, used as a location by MTV for cinematography, photographed by people, and become a subject in online discussions, described as a ghost town or “ruins of the future”.

by Nick Haung, a view of UFO House, Sanjhih,Taipei County, Taiwan

The buildings were scheduled to be torn down in late 2008, despite an online petition to retain one of the structures as a museum. Demolition work on the site began on 29 December 2008, with plans to redevelop the site into a tourist attraction with hotels and beach facilities.

by Nick Haung, a view of UFO House, Sanjhih,Taipei County, Taiwan

text from Wikipedia, Sanzhi UFO houses

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3 Responses to UFO House, Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan

  1. I have read that they are or will be demolished.

  2. I have read that they are or will be demolished.

  3. The voice of ratoniailty! Good to hear from you.

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