Longtan Monster House (龍潭怪怪屋) is a notorious architectural oddity on the northern edge of Longtan in Taoyuan, Taiwan. In Chinese it is also known as Yè Fābāo’s Monster House (葉發苞怪屋), after its owner and lead designer, and is officially named the Yeshan Building (葉山樓). It has been under construction for decades but at some point the money ran out and the owner has plastered it with advertisements, ostensibly to raise money to complete the project. Nowadays there is little to see beneath the incredible number of promotional banners hanging off the side of the building.
Until very recently I was living in Zhongli, about 12 kilometers north of Longtan, so I made a point of riding over to check it out despite having heard that there wasn’t much to see anymore. And it’s true—visiting this place was a real disappointment. It could have been something fantastical out of a Hayao Miyazaki film, instead it’s a garish monstrosity that nobody should go out of their way to see. Since I went to all the trouble of taking a few photos I figure I may as well add it to my growing catalogue of roadside oddities here in Taiwan.
Naturally this place has seen extensive coverage in the Chinese language media and blogosphere; for examples, try here, here, here, here, and here. The owner still plans to finish construction from the sounds of it so who knows, maybe it will be cool again one day.