Black Palace

"Black Palace" (Damnak Sla Khmao) was a little summer palace of King Sihanouk, abandoned sometime in the late 1960's or early 1970's. It's located on Bokor Hill Station in southern Cambodia. The "Palace" itself is not on a grand scale, but the overall spectacular location and many outer buildings must have been fairly impressive in … Continue reading Black Palace

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Casino Rouge

Exploring the ruin of the French colonial era Bokor Casino Hotel in Cambodia recently. The Casino was fought over by the invading/liberating Vietnamese army and the murderous Khmer Rouge from 1979 onwards. Due to it's strategic place and size on Bokor plateau it was invaluable to either side to gain an advantage over the other. … Continue reading Casino Rouge

Church : Time

Exploring the abandoned former French colonial era church on Bokor Mountain in Cambodia recently. In 1978 the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia, toppling the murderous Khmer Rouge in a matter of weeks. There was however a stalemate for a time on Bokor (and other locations) as the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge battled it out- fighting between the … Continue reading Church : Time

Nokor

Not your usual urbex video, but exploring ruins nonetheless. This is the strange fusion temple complex of Banteay Prey Nokor in Cambodia that we visited late last year. Situated in countryside near the town of Kompong Cham, the original 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine has been added onto over the centuries and incorporated into a bewildering … Continue reading Nokor

In Tandom

The tanning of leather for footwear production in New Zealand was, until the mid 1980's, protected by tariffs which raised the price of imported footwear. Global trade pressure prevailed, however, and the 1990's saw New Zealand tanneries shift to selling at international leather fairs, with China and the United States becoming the most significant markets. … Continue reading In Tandom

’97 was Excellent

1997 may have been "excellent", but by 1998 the last resident at this psychiatric hospital which had operated since 1912 had been moved out to community care in a process known as deinstitutionalisation. When the hospital was at its peak, it held over one thousand patients and operated its own farm, bakery, laundry and clothes-making … Continue reading ’97 was Excellent

Top Level Meeting

With abandonment comes a kind of anarchic freedom. While much of the grandeur of the former socialist meeting house at Buzludzha, Bulgaria has been lost to decay, theft, recycling and vandalism, the views from the top of the tower remain, magnificent. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high resolution by Gunner.