Never wanted to know what’s behind that old wall in the city? Never wanted to see what’s happened to that old hospital that has been abandoned for years? Don’t see the beauty of decay, nature taking over the urban world?
Then you are probably not the type of person for urban exploring. If you are that person I hope you find inspiration here on my website.
Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites.
The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and the possibility of arrest and punishment. Many of the activities associated with urban exploration could violate local or regional laws. Explorers face various risks in abandoned structures including collapsing roofs and floors, broken glass, guard dogs, the presence of chemicals and other harmful substances, most notably asbestos and hostile squatters.
In Japan, ruins are known as haikyo (廃虚), literally ‘abandoned place’ but the term is synonymous with the practice of urban exploration. It may also be referred to as draining (when exploring drains) urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking.
Abandoned locations can be, at times, heavily guarded with motion sensors and active security. Others are more easily accessible and carry less risk of discovery. Abandoned sites are also popular among historians, preservationists, architects, archaeologists, industrial archaeologists, and ghost hunters.