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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection
Jilong Mountain and the Thirteen Levels

Urbex

Urbex or urban exploration is the exploration of manmade structures, particularly those found outside the everyday the margins of everyday society. This includes abandoned and disused spaces but also rooftops, underground infrastructure, and many other places not normally open to casual examination. The practice isn't limited to cities despite the use of the word urban; anything artificial is fair game and you'll end up seeing a lot of rural ruins here on my blog. See also: abandoned, exploration, rewilding, protected, inaccessible, and vanished.

Aug 2017

Jiuqiong Village Tobacco Barn 九芎村菸樓

What little remains of the historic tobacco industry in central Taiwan 台灣 is disappearing fast. Tobacco cultivation was big business for much of the 20th century but went into sharp…
Jul 2017

Xiluo Yuandong Theater 西螺遠東戲院

Xiluo 西螺 is justifiably famous for its eponymous Japanese colonial era theater, located close to the architectural wonders of Yanping Old Street 延平老街, but this small town on the south…
Jul 2017

Shuangxikou Brick Kiln 雙溪口磚窯

Recently I wrote about the Liujiao Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯, an obscure abandonment in rural Chiayi 嘉義, Taiwan 台灣. While attempting to find out more about that kiln I found a…
Jul 2017
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Xinying Chenggong Theater 新營成功戲院

Despite its relative obscurity Xinying is the largest settlement along the railway line between metropolitan Tainan City 台南市 and Chiayi City 嘉義市. It is the former capital of Tainan County…
Jul 2017

Liujiao Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯

Liujiao Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯 was an unexpected discovery while riding from Beigang to Puzi earlier this summer. The chimney is plainly visible from the roadside and the crumbling bulk of…
Jul 2017
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Hsin Kang Theater 新港戲院

Hsin Kang Theater 新港戲院 is located in the small town of Xingang, Chiayi 嘉義, not far from the famous Fengtian Temple 奉天宮. Multiple sources agree it went out of business…
Jul 2017

Lize Theater 利澤戲院

The obscure Lize Theater 利澤戲院 is located in the village of Lizejian 利澤簡 in Wujie, a rural township just east of Luodong 羅東 in Yilan, Taiwan 台灣. Built in 1964,…
May 2017

Wanshou Road Residential Ruins 萬壽路廢棄社區

Taiwan 台灣 is riddled with failed construction projects, monuments to avarice, incompetence, and bureaucracy. Building defects, mismanagement, and land ownership disputes are common causes, but legal battles, limited funding for…
May 2017

Binh Tay Market Under Renovation

This week I am visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on another visa run from Taiwan 台灣. Six months ago I visited Hanoi and enjoyed my time there—check out this…
May 2017
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Ershui Assembly Hall 二水公會堂

Ershui Assembly Hall 二水公會堂 is located in Ershui 二水, a small town at the very southern edge of Changhua 彰化, on the border with both Yunlin 雲林 (to the south)…