Discovered on Atlas Obscura (a website collecting the most curious and strange places in the world), a travel friend and I set out to reach and explore the Gonjam Psychiatric Hospital, in Gwangju.
As we had read, the hospital had been closed but left on its own, making it a great place for made-up horror stories and creepy adventures.
Once passed the not-so-closed front gate, the hospital appears on the top of a small hill. With its broken windows and gloomy surroundings (it is, after all, December), the building becomes even more daunting to enter.
After a few minutes letting our eyes get used to the very low light, exploring the complex feels adventurous and historical, as a lot of old items can be found in the halls and the abandoned rooms. The creepiness comes and goes when signs of more recent human activity are discovered (laid out beds, food wrappings on the floor or graffiti).
We did not encounter anyone else, let alone ghosts or lost souls, and we reached the top floor, where a view of the surrounding red trees welcomed us.
As swiftly as we got in, we left the premises and headed back to the station before sunset. A fun and unusual little excursion which made us get a glimpse of how a Korean psychiatric hospital would have been back in the day.