The UFO-shaped pods in Taipei's Sanzhi District were constructed as a resort for military officers stationed in East Asia. But a series of accidents ended construction — and started rumors that the site was cursed.

You may remember Craig Ferguson's haunting photographs of this site. Long story short, investment losses and several car accident deaths plagued the Pod City project. Rumor had it that a curse was placed on the project after a Chinese dragon statue was bisected near the resort gates — or because it was built on top of a burial ground for Dutch soldiers. Construction, which began in 1978, was abandoned in 1980, leaving the retrofuturistic pods to decay.

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