Monday, November 24, 2008

Curiosity - Kowloon Walled City

Today's Wikipedia curiosity is the Kowloon Walled City that was formerly in Hong Kong. This enclave grew from a watchpost to guard against pirates during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) into a monolith residential anomaly that was demolished in 1993. Throughout its history control of the huge block wavered between residents to a haven for criminals (Triads), drug addicts and lowlifes. At its peak it had about 50,000 people in a 0.026 km² space which made it the most densely populated urban area on Earth at the time. It was said that the city was so dense you could walk across the rooftops without ever having to touch the ground. After its demolition it was turned into a park. The city has inspired artists and filmmakers around the world


*ace said...

so effing cool!
thanks for the post.

Unknown said...

ah my people - f'd up AND creative all at the same time.

its in my genes i guess. jeans?