Linkou 林口

Línkǒu 林口 is a rapidly-growing suburb of Taipei 台北 located on a plateau.

Linkou Lightning Building 林口閃電大樓

Like a bolt out of the blue: the infamous outline of an abandoned skyscraper in Linkou.

The Linkou Lightning Building 林口閃電大樓 is an infamous ruin not far from the newly-opened Taoyuan Airport MRT line in Línkǒu 林口, recently named the fastest-growing district in Xinbei. It is also known as the Linkou Strange House 林口怪怪屋 and occasionally appears in Taiwanese media alongside the Longtan Strange House and other examples of the genre. While I wish there were a good story to go along with these photos it sounds as if it is simply a failed construction project where nobody wants to cover the cost of demolition.

Transformed by Time

Time and the elements have weathered this transformer box on the streets of Linkou.

Yesterday I went on a short tour of Línkǒu 林口 inspired by the opening of the Taoyuan Airport MRT and the proliferation of YouBike stations to the exurbs of Taipei 台北. After spending some time under the sun I stopped to pick up some water at one of Taiwan’s ubiquitous convenience stores and noticed a weathered padmount transformer out front, pictured here.