4 modern ghost towns where nobody lives!
These places look like a set décor for thriller movies but they do exist! The reasons for their appearance are quite different, but the result is the same – they all are empty!
1. Seseña, Spain
Situated in one of the provinces of Toledo, 35 km away from Madrid, this ghost town was built by a millionaire Francisco Hernando during the so-called Spanish property bubble. Actually, this is a huge residential estate which contains 13,500 apartments being the largest residential development in Europe built by a non-government investor.
In 2008, Hernando managed to sell about 2,000 apartments, but soon the government froze the selling because of numerous breaches. For example, it turned out that the plan didn’t include gas and water lines that made the development uninhabitable.
Surprisingly, Hernando wasn’t criminally charged and later moved his business to Equatorial Guinea.
2. Kangbashi, China
It is a district in the city of Ordos located in the northern part of the country. Planned as a home to at least 300 thousand people, Kangbashi project was launched in 2003 at the time of a construction boom. Unfortunately, the ultramodern city proved to be unprofitable: people didn’t hurry to buy the apartments and the investors lost their money.
However, the government tries to do everything possible to attract people and develop the area. And obviously they have attained some success: currently, there are about 30,000 residents in Kangbashi and this number is slowly yet steadily growing.
3. Kilamba, Angola
Nova Cidade de Kilamba (Kilamba New City) is a residential development 30 km away from Luanda, the capital of Angola. Constructed by a Chinese investment corporation, 750 buildings, hundreds of shopping centers and dozens of schools were aimed at 500 thousand residents.
Though the construction has been successfully completed by now, there are only 220 apartments sold simply because people of Angola cannot afford them.
4. Kijong-dong, North Korea
Kijong-dong translated as "Peace Village" is an area located in the northern part of the Korean Demilitarized Zone and often called “Propaganda Village”. This is the only locality of the closed country which can be viewed from the territory of South Korea.
Propaganda Village got such a nickname because it consists of fake houses that are adapted to electric power. Every evening the light in the houses is turned on but always in the same windows and at the same time. The village is uninhabited and only rarely one can see groups of soldiers, constructors or cleaners.
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