Exploring Ghost Towns Across The World

Sneha Singh

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Bodie was a booming gold-mining town in the late 19th century. Today, it stands as one of the best-preserved ghost towns in America.

Bodie, California, USA

Pripyat, built for Chernobyl plant workers, now stands deserted, its empty buildings and amusement park iconic of nuclear disaster aftermath

Pripyat, Ukraine

Kolmanskop, once a bustling diamond mining town in Namibia's Namib Desert, was abandoned after World War I due to falling diamond prices. Now engulfed by sand, its grand buildings succumb to desertification.

Kolmanskop, Namibia

Hashima Island, nicknamed Battleship Island for its shape, thrived as a coal mining facility until abandonment in the 1970s. Now a silent concrete jungle in the sea, it echoes Japan's industrial history.

Hashima Island, Japan

Centralia, once thriving from coal mining, evacuated due to a 1962 underground mine fire. Today, surreal smoke and steam emerge from ground fissures, defining its eerie, nearly deserted landscape.

Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA