Social Sciences

Kowloon Walled City Was The Most Densely Populated Place Ever

You don't know crowded until you hear about Kowloon Walled City. This community in Hong Kong, which existed until 1994, was the most densely populated place in the world. At the peak of its population, Kowloon packed 33,000 people into its 6.4-acre lot of land. If you thought Manhattan was a tad cramped, consider that Kowloon was 119 times more densely populated than present-day New York City, which includes all five boroughs.

Kowloon Walled City was inhabited by tens of thousands of immigrants. The city was one giant, 12-story structure that housed all the residents. The city had unquestionably poor sanitation and high levels of crime (the place was essentially lawless), but fared surprisingly well in terms of its self-sustainability. Today, the city only lives in memory, since the Hong Kong government began a year-long demolition in 1993. Get an in-depth look at this community in the video below.

Kowloon Walled City 20 Years Later

The city will never be forgotten.

A 3D Model Of The Densest Place On Earth

See it for yourself.

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 14, 2016

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