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Hong Kong’s Demolished Kowloon Walled City Resurrected Inside a Japanese Warehouse

Kowloon’s Walled City was a miniature city packed inside a dense sprawling population of some 33,000 occupants. The Hong Kong residents shared just 2.6-hectares of space in what initially started out as a Chinese military fort.

The fort stood as a largely ungoverned settlement and in later years fell into Triad rule, until the illegal hotspot was wiped from existence in 1994 when the government replaced the historical settlement with a public park.

You won’t find much if you visit the location today.

However, the infamous city has been faithfully recreated inside a Japanese warehouse as a different sort of park. Eagle-eyed Bokeh viewers may have already spotted the location appear on the show but seeing actual photographs of it brings the space to life in a whole new way.

Shin / HDRTS

Japanese photographer Shin was granted special permission to photograph inside Warehouse Kawasaki, a place for playing darts, billiards, and arcade games with the biggest attraction being the gritty aesthetic chosen for the amusement park—that of a reborn Kowloon Walled City.

Shin / HDRTS

Shin / HDRTS

Sci-fi cyberpunk fans may also find the photos familiar as the original city was used as a reference point to illustrate dystopia in popular culture (Ghost in the Shell, Final Fantasy 7, Blade Runner).

Shin / HDRTS

Shin / HDRTS

For those interested in visiting Japan’s superior recreation of Kowloon Walled City, it’s located five minutes walking distance from JR Kawasaki Station; alternatively, for more tilt–shift photography visit the HDRTS website here.