Encore Garden: an abandoned theme park in Taichung

Encore Garden 亞哥花園 (亞哥花園) is an abandoned theme park in the hills above Taichung city 臺中市 in Taiwan. I learned about this urban explorer’s dream after reading up on Katolis World, another abandoned amusement park demolished a few years ago, and finding a link to this blog. As part of my epic bicycle tour of Taiwan I stopped off to see whether I could sneak in and capture the essence of this forgotten and neglected place. Here is what I found…

The entrance to Encore Garden, an abandoned amusement park in the hills above Taichung.
The entrance to Encore Garden, an abandoned amusement park in the hills above Taichung.

Ticket booth at Encore Garden.
Ticket booth at Encore Garden.

Broken glass outside an office or clubhouse.
Broken glass outside an office or clubhouse.
Inside the clubhouse.
Inside the clubhouse.
Animal house in the amusement park.
Animal house in the amusement park.
Apparitions in the overgrowth.
Apparitions in the overgrowth.
There is a building beneath the foliage. Everything in the park is being reclaimed by nature.
There is a building beneath the foliage. Everything in the park is being reclaimed by nature.
A face I will not forget.
A face I will not forget.
This ride will spin no more.
This ride will spin no more.
Merry-go-round to nowhere.
Merry-go-round to nowhere.
The last bump.
The last bump.
The haunted bandshell by day.
The haunted bandshell by day.
We once dreamed of the stars.
We once dreamed of the stars.
The setting sun was my cue to depart.
The setting sun was my cue to depart.

View the whole set on Flickr.

Update: I returned in February 2014 and it appears as if the site is in the process of being dismantled. Workmen were busying themselves with construction machinery deep inside the park.

About Alexander Synaptic

I am a designer, developer, photographer, record label owner, urban explorer, and entrepreneur leading a location-independent minimalist lifestyle in Asia. With my broad range of skills and interests I am passionate about connecting disparate domains of human activity to reveal surprising symmetries and synchronicities, hence the "synaptic" aspect of my self-created identity. Read more about me here.

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