53 Bone Chilling Photos of Abandoned Places You Can Visit Today (But Probably Shouldn't)

By Sarah Norman | November 4, 2023

Ruined shelves in a flooded store

Whether they were once hospitals or office buildings, theme parks or restaurants, a myriad of buildings have been abandoned and left to turn into beautiful ruin across the world. While many of them are awe inspiring, there are just as many that give viewers the heebie jeebies.

These abandoned structures have been reclaimed by nature, leaving nothing but a mystery as to who called these places home.

What will our architecture look like when we’ve moved on? Will it crumble into the emptiness of an abandoned city? Will our cars be covered in ivy like some of the intriguing photos found here? Some of these pictures will give you goosebumps, others will make you nostalgic for better days, but they’ll all make you want to take a closer look at the deserted architecture that exists all around you.

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Some abandoned spaces are beautiful, others have a stark emptiness that leaves you breathless, this is simply devastating. It’s heart breaking to see a once vibrant store that served a pillar of the community destroyed by flood waters or a hurricane, unable to regain its status or save any of its goods. It’s not just that the products were ruined, it’s also the floors, the ceiling and the very bones of the structure. There’s rarely hope of putting a place like this back together after its faced such a downturn, and more often than not the only choice for a business like this is to gut it and start over.

Is that a dragon on your aquarium or at you the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark?

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There’s no hotel and no food vouchers at the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark in Vietnam. Most people in the country do’t even know that it’s a thing. To get there travelers have to take a trek to the land beyond Hue, a place surrounded by crocodiles and overgrown with local fauna. The park opened in 2004, and even with its massive water slides and super cool dragon standing above the building it went out of business in a few years. The local government has tried to resurrect the water park, but as of this writing the revitalization project has never come to fruition.