Taiwan’s Spooky Pod Resort
October 14, 2009 | by shinigami

Haunted vacation resort or failed business venture? Those are the most common theories surrounding the dilapidated San-Zhi pod village, a building complex consisting of disc-shaped apartments of varying colors.


The Taiwan-based vacation resort dates back to the 1980s when it was built as a holiday retreat for the wealthy types.

However, these fancy plans fell through when a series of accidents resulted in the death of a number of workers.

These accidents ended up being bad publicity for the site as many rich holiday-goers were consequently put-off by the idea of visiting San-Zhi.


There was also the more fervent worry that the folks killed in the accidents would be hanging around the pod village.

Another theory cites that the building site, sponsored by the government as well as several different firms, might have hit a snag when it ran out of capital.


The result was that the San-Zhi pod resort fell out of favor and left to rot.



I don’t know about you, but that place looks pretty creepy.

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Shinigami (A. K. Goemans) is a Netherlands-based writer who is into horror movies, computer games and manga. She lived in different parts of Asia and Africa before settling down in the Netherlands.
  • There's always something beautiful about haunted/abandoned things~ The overcast sky in some of the pictures also adds to it~ I want to see these things up close, during a thunder storm~!

  • Fuck yeah ,that haunted pod village looks fantastic ,id go there set up camp with a few of my buddies and smoke weed for a couple of days!

  • These are really neat looking.I wouldn't mind owning one if they were fixed up. Truly unique.

  • Looking at these again,They would make good seniors homes if a ramp could be used.Easy up keep and an open space system would help special needs people.Also,older people are prone to keep thier tv, and radios up loud and this modular design might help with noise control

  • Looks like accommodation out of a SiFi movie.

  • I have read quite a few articles about these pods. If they were to be completed they would be beautiful, what with being on the coast and all. They were gonna make a small amusement park in it for the kiddies, but it is sad they never got that far. They were poorly built. The walls are thin and constructed of cheap materials. Imagine how easy they would be to set fire to.
    Anyway, if they had put more effort, time, and most defiantly money, the makers would be millionaires. Everyone would rent a room in a heartbeat. I think they should knock them down and make new ones.

  • I like the fact that the uper housing isn't sitting directly on the lower house that is nice! With childern the one on the bottom would have heard the kidos jumping around, I think they should rethink this and try it again. It could be a money maker, but I would think more about everyone not just the rich!!

  • I dont know if its just me.. But if you look in the top right window of the last picture…. U can see a face and the window on the bottom looks like someone is standing there where a white gown?…creepy.

  • I will be in Taiwan in the first week of February 2014.  I am an amateur urban decay explorer and this place looks awesome!!!  Can anyone here please tell me if this resort is accessible to trespassers, I mean urban explorers?  I would not want to go there just to see a chain link fence with the giant “No trespassing” sign or something similar.

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