Urban Explorer: Anyang Dead Town

Author Sabrina Hill 1j

Sabrina Hill, the editor of SEOULfi is the indisputable Queen of Urban Exploring and Urban Decay in Korea. With a long record of exploring dead buildings and dead sites in many countries around the world, Sabrina is well known for leading small groups to amazing sites all over Korea. In this series, Sabrina will be bringing you stunning photos from some of her recent expeditions around Korea. If you are interested in attending, you can join her on an upcoming expedition or on a free photowalk. (See the link at the bottom of this page)

These photos are from a massive section of Anyang-city, just south of Seoul which has been largely closed off and the locals pushed out. This area has been slated for re-development for some time, however due to resistance from some hold-outs who feel like they are not being paid their fair share, they are refusing to leave and holding up the destruction of this beautiful site.

A lot of people ask why I go to these places and misunderstand my intentions or make certain assumptions. I like to go to where people have been too a lot more than where people indeed are. I like to study what people leave behind and why. I like the tranquillity and the haunting nature of these sites. These sites, these dead hotels, dead towns are both tragic and beautiful at the same time. To me this strange tension between those two duelling realities really appeals to my curiosity.

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13 responses to “Urban Explorer: Anyang Dead Town

  1. Hello there Blog Comments Fans!

    If there’s one thing that your friendly comments chap enjoys, it’s a bit of urban exploration. I’m no Jon D (who is?), but let’s just say that I’ve seen the inside of the odd empty gaff. Obviously, this being the comments, I can’t share any picture with you, but let me be clear…there were abandoned bras (or bras that had decided to become independent and had ditched their owners) and crappers that had had their last crap! Brilliant stuff! My favourite place was the abandoned area near Yongsan before they fenced it off and started rebuilding.

    Today, I saw a blog somewhere referring to a place that looks similar…(link to follow)…Anyang Dead Town. Now, She Who Must Not Be Named lives in Anyang, so I’ve seen the ‘Dead Town’ area (not the real name of the area by the way…just a wee bit of poetic license I’m sure) but never ventured in.

    I hope that I’ll get in there at some future juncture…take a few pics…see some bras and toilets…and BANG! write some words out for you loveable fans of the comments.

    That’s all for today,

    Here’s the link to that blog I was banging on about – http://seoulfi.com/2013/07/21/urban-explorer-anyang-dead-town/

    Have a day!


    • Much of the area is now in the re-development process, so many of the buildings there are either gone or really blocked off. I hope you will have a chance to see it before it’s entirely gone. The locals are friendly. If you respect them and the property they will be kind and courteous. I have been there 5 or 6 times now and have had great experiences there.


    • Thank you so much. I appreciate that. I love visiting these places. Surreal. It’s interesting what people will leave behind and why.


      • I agree. There must be so many stories behind the things left. Children’s toys are the most haunting.. When I was a kid, we often went to play in a very old, long-abandoned hospital, old train carriages, and a derelict hotel in the UK. so for me, looking at these pictures brings back memories. Love it. Keep it up! Just be careful of wooden stairs and floorboards – although pretty much all of the larger Korean buildings seem to be concrete :)


      • So far, most of the building I have explored have been concrete. That being said, I am always aware. 360 security. I am always careful, especially when I am taking someone who doesn’t do this as often as I.


  2. Wow, this is really cool. You should hang out with my friend Jon, a Canadian guy living in Seoul, he’s been doing this UE stuff for about 10 years now, super cool guy.


  3. One of my rules when exploring a site, historical or otherwise, is to never add or subtract anything from the site. I only once broke this rule. On a trip earlier this year, I was exploring a house and it had been abandoned 5 or 6 years ago, at least, and on the floor there was this postcard from a student to his teacher (the teacher being the former resident). It was so sweet. It meant a lot for the student to write a post card updating the teacher on her progress. The post card was many years old, already old when it was left on the floor of this house. It clearly meant something to teacher – it was a relic that touched two people and I wanted to become apart of this story, so I took it.


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