Mangled branches drape and crawl over this red-bricked mansion in Chiayi County, Taiwan. It's nothing but a hollowed-out shell now flanked by trees reclaiming the land. As the light seeps in through the canopy of trees and naked window frames, this abandoned house is almost beautiful in a sad, forgotten way.
Two old tales still dwell in this home. The first is of an affair between the master of the house and its servant girl. Incessantly tortured by the master’s wife after discovering their relationship, the servant flung herself down a well.
Trekkers are told to be careful around the well as a ghost might follow them and they might be struck with bad luck. Legend has it that some people who had visited died because of this.
The other tale is of Japanese soldiers during World War II who sought refuge in the house—only to be driven to kill each other in fear overnight. Tales of a mysterious mist surrounding the mansion suggest that the ghosts of the Japanese soldiers are marching through the area.
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