Urban exploring is a popular activity among foreigners in Taiwan, including visiting some abandoned spots that highlight Taiwan’s local culture.
A social media user “FoodBaby” recently shared some photos of her exploration of an abandoned hotel near Wanli Beach in New Taipei City on Reddit, launching a conversation about urban exploration in the area.
The place, mostly known for its abandoned UFO houses, also houses a hidden gem and a relic of a very recent past: the Castle Restaurant (城堡餐廳) of the now abandoned, Howard Hotel.
FoodBaby’s pictures captured the mosaic-patterned ceilings and a huge foyer with a space that seemed to be a fountain that now boasts broken flower pots.
She also headed to the basement during her visit and found a dark empty pool and a gym with mirrors everywhere, which she called the “creepiest” part of the building.
Hearing banging sounds from upstairs, she and her friend headed up only to discover a teddy bear hanging from the ceiling in one of the hallways.
Her post immediately attracted the attention of the foreign community in Taiwan who praised her for her bravery in setting foot in the building.
Others also expressed interest in visiting themselves someday and many more questioned the exact location and reason behind the abandonment.
In fact, the building was only closed in April as it was hit hard by the diminishing number of tourists as a result of the pandemic.
The Castle Restaurant was a huge attraction in the past, with its Greek-style architecture and its many features, including an array of different types of cuisines, a gym, a sauna, a spa, and a swimming pool located in the basement.
Sadly, it is left to ruin in today’s climate and will stand as a window into the past for adventurous explorers in the future.