Back when the sun was in hiding in December, we ventured out to Wanli District, an hour bus ride from Taipei, to see something unearthly. It was afternoon by the time we arrived and the weather was gloomy, with hints of strong rain coming soon.
I remembered I’d always wanted to visit this place once I set foot in Taiwan. I’d romanticized these pretty little flying saucers in my head, picturing post apocalyptic scenarios as to why it was left and forgotten for over four decades.
We roam around this beachside property as the wind from the sea gush softly in our ears. The waves roll slowly, and time seem to pass by gently too as we look out to the rough East China sea.
To the left, you’ll see a castle-like building and still-occupied Howard Greenbay Resort; to the right, hiding behind big bushes of plants is where the UFO pods can be found — dark, eerily quiet, and preserved behind broken doors and brick floors, old newspapers, decrepit furnitures, and windows.
Built in the 70s, the village was said to be a relaxation place aimed for the American military, where they can surf, swim, and have a good nice vacation. Albeit the initial appearance of complete decay, some parts of the village seem to be still occupied, with hanged clothes and parked bikes outside the house, so be mindful of the residents.
Wow, these pods are out of this would, literally! And neat to find out the history behind them. Such a neat off the beaten gem to find!
Really interesting blog! I am planing to go Taiwan next summer. I was amazed to know that Taiwan has a UFO-shape resting space which was built for military at 1970. I would love to be there.
Never heard of this one, but it is pretty cool ! Since it is a residential area, good to be more sensitive and not disrupt the residents daily lives.
Oh lovely UFOs! I love aliens. So sorry that you didn’t meet any of them there.
Ok, but seriously, I like UFO-like architecture, and will be glad to hang around there for a while.
Great Place! I missed this place in my last Taiwan Trip but sure to visit next time.