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  • We've just arrived from Taipei off a bus.

  • We're about a half hour outside of the city right now

  • come to explore what's known here as the 'Abandoned UFO Village.'

  • Let me repeat: Abandoned UFO Village.

  • I have a lot more questions about this place than I have answers

  • but we're going to go inside and see what we can find.

  • It's already looking quite abandoned on the walk up here.

  • It's very abandoned feeling.

  • And we don't know where we're going to be totally honest but we're just winging it.

  • Gonna look for some abandoned-looking UFOs.

  • Ok, well, UFO sighted on the ground.

  • Can you see that yellow looking structure right ahead?

  • That's our first glimpse of the UFO village.

  • I am absolutely fascinated.

  • Like it's…we haven't even really got inside but just approaching it like it's…fascinating.

  • I'm kind of speechless to be honest because it really is totally untouched looking

  • and I'm not seeing really anyone else around.

  • And I…I don't understand how it's not really even on the map.

  • But it's here.

  • It's strange.

  • This, by the way, is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in Taiwan

  • if not the most haunted place in Taiwan so we will keep that in mind.

  • See if we find some ghosts.

  • Oh my god!

  • Ok so I stuck my head inside the window and just here that's the door.

  • As you can see, it looks like an airplane door which, I think, is how they're intended to be designed.

  • They go all the way wrapped around.

  • Wow.

  • Look at the old TV.

  • I just wanted to show you what underneath one of these UFOs, as we're calling them, looks like.

  • It's floating, just hovering there above the ground.

  • Looks like it used to be maybe a picnic table.

  • I don't even know where to start with this place because it's so cool and I'm just dying to keep exploring

  • but first I wanted to give you a little bit of background context

  • and tell you what I do know about the Abandoned UFO Village.

  • This crazy place has a bit of a mysterious background

  • and so what's believed is that this was intended to be a holiday resort by the water.

  • We're right on the water here.

  • You can see my hair is all full of salt water already within a few minutes.

  • It's a great surf spot and so this was a place to come to relax.

  • The construction started in 1978

  • and during the two years that it was being built - and there were people around -

  • a lot of weird things were happening

  • and so there were these inexplicable car accidents, there was at least one suicide that occurred

  • from, I believe, the construction workers who were spending a lot of time on this land.

  • And as far as I can tell and, again, it's shrouded in mystery -

  • there's not a lot of information about this - one day people just left.

  • So around 1980 this place was just a ghost town

  • and it has that kind of eerie feeling of a gold rush town that was just abandoned overnight.

  • And there's no information about why people left and why it's never been used again.

  • Ever.

  • I mean it's years, decades later and there's still nobody here.

  • I mean I think there are maybe some squatters living here now and then but

  • this place is totally abandoned.

  • The theories that I've heard about why it was abandoned

  • and why all of these bad things kept happening

  • is number one that this was a burial ground for Dutch soldiers.

  • 70,000 Dutch soldiers.

  • Taiwan used to be a Dutch colony and so this is believed to be a burial ground

  • and the idea being that the spirits that were here didn't want this ground occupied,

  • especially by a holiday resort.

  • The other is that there used to be a ceremonial Chinese dragon near the entranceway to the build site

  • and the decision was made somewhere along the way to tear it down

  • to have easier access to the construction zone

  • and that, of course, brings very bad luck.

  • Dragons are a very important symbol in Chinese culture

  • and they represent good fortune and so to destroy one is seriously bad luck.

  • And so those are the two most likely theories that keep occurring when I'm looking up research.

  • But the most fascinating thing about this UFO Village

  • is that people can't seem to agree on whether it exists or not, including newspapers.

  • I have read so many sources telling me that this entire village was demolished in 2010

  • and that not a trace is left.

  • It looks like there's some left to me.

  • It looks like the entire thing is left.

  • So let's go look around more.

  • Here's an example of where I think people might actually be living as squatters

  • because the gate is closed

  • and it does not look like they want you to go inside there.

  • So maybe somebody's still living in this one.

  • As you're walking around, you can still see some places where there used to be a structure

  • and I don't know why it's not there anymore.

  • This one looks like it really did just vanish because most of the tiles on top there look to be intact.

  • But it looks like there was a house there.

  • This is the perfect spot in the village to show you the two different types of pod houses here.

  • They're both made by the same Finnish architect.

  • This one is more square in shape - they're called Venturo houses -

  • and then these ones are my absolute favourite.

  • They are called Futuro houses and they look like flying saucers

  • and when I was peeking my head inside the window of one

  • you can see that the furniture is specially designed and built to go inside

  • because it's hard to furnish a circular house.

  • It's not the kind of thing you can just go to Ikea for

  • and it really reminded me of Buckminster Fuller-style houses,

  • which are also circular and have that prefabricated design

  • and they're elevated off the ground and these Futuro houses, honestly,

  • the way they're sitting on the stilts,

  • it looks like a flying saucer could've very well just come down from the sky and rested there.

  • So as I'm walking along the street here

  • it looks like there were three UFO type houses here that were actually demolished.

  • And there's so much mystery around what's actually taken place here

  • but I think that they may have started to demolish these and had more problems and bad luck,

  • whatever you want to call it, and then just stopped.

  • And that's why this land has never been touched, it's never been redeveloped.

  • There was one plan at some point to build here again,

  • to redevelop the land as a beach resort again, from what I understand, and nobody will touch it.

  • Nobody.

  • So the door of this Futuro house is just blown right out and you can peek inside.

  • Some of the windows are blown out too.

  • So here's the living room, the old television there,

  • and then that was the kitchen there in the centre,

  • and then if I pan to the right, through there you can see there's a bedroom

  • and then on the other side is the bathroom.

  • I especially like this house behind me because it looks like whoever lives here now

  • built their current house around the UFO house

  • and it's kind of hard to tell from the front here that's facing the water,

  • but you get a little hint if you look at the second floor balcony

  • you can see that there's like curved windows.

  • But if you look at the back you can definitely see the butt end

  • of a UFO sticking out the back of this house.

  • It's a really good idea and what I find even more interesting about this place

  • is that if you look over here there's quite a large apartment building

  • and on the other side there's what looks to be a very large beach resort with people going in and out.

  • And this is very - I'm guessing - valuable property.

  • I mean this is prime real estate on the beach.

  • There's these beautiful, lush green hills on either side.

  • It's a prime surf location.

  • I mean that's why this beach resort was intended to be here in the first place, right?

  • And there's people living on either side but nobody has touched this land in the middle.

  • It's been decades.

  • And there were plans at some point, I believe, to redevelop this land and they were scrapped

  • and I just can't understand why people left in the first place

  • and then why nobody has built here since on this prime section of the beach in Taiwan.

  • I justit's mindblowing.

  • I really don't understand and it's killing me that I can't figure it out and I can't find anyone to ask.

  • So I guess we'll never know.

  • Marc seems to think that a tree growing in the doorway is going to stop us.

  • You just go around the tree.

  • Oh man, it really is low.

  • Ooh aah I'm stuck.

  • Ok I made it.

  • Oh my god!

  • Your backpack's gonna get stuck like mine except yours is way bigger.

  • Nice.

  • Made it.

  • Look inside.

  • Whoa!

  • Oh my god.

  • This one's trashed.

  • A lot of these houses the insides are fairly well preserved but this one

  • has just been laid waste to.

  • I don't know if you can see in the middle there - right there, the yellow -

  • that is the door.

  • I'm currently standing in the doorway.

  • The door should be where I am, instead it's in the middle of the house,

  • and then just to the right of there if you look closely you can see the ground.

  • So the middle of the floor here has actually just fallen out.

  • What goes up, must come down.

  • Good luck.

  • Gonna be tricky.

  • It doesn't help having a drone strapped to your back.

  • No.

  • Ok.

  • Hey, that's pretty good.

  • Yeah, I got poked by the tree but nothingnothing too bad.

  • It's so cool to see in that last house especially how the bottom has dropped out

  • and the trees just come in.

  • I mean this place has been abandoned since 1980.