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An Abandoned Mall Full Of Fish [Pic]


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If youve lived in Bangkok for a while, especially anywhere near the Kho San Road area, youve probably heard stories of an abandoned shopping mall thats been flooded and full of exotic fish. I had, but managed to spend at least a year until I got around to checking the place out that was until today.

Wed heard stories it was really hard to find, and even harder to get into as well as the story behind it. It turns out that the story behind the place is pretty straight forward, and finding out how to get to this abandoned shopping mall full of fishes isnt that hard either!

The legend goes something along these lines:

  1. In the 80s a property development company built an 11 story shopping mall in the Banglupmhu district that was in breach of certain building laws and apparently 7 stories too high! The area is a historic area for Bangkok with many old government buildings, so code doesnt allow the skyscrapers and malls you see elsewhere.
  2. The mall was forced to shut in 1997, caught on fire in 1999, someone died there in 2004 after the building started falling to pieces
  3. The offending floors were removed, reducing it from 11 stories back to its original 5, and of course, the roof was never replaced.
  4. During Bangkoks annual rainy season, the building flooded, and the water went stagnant, creating an excellent breeding ground for mosquitos. Rumours are that the upper floors are flooded, but its kind of sketchy getting around the floors and I wouldnt want to venture upstairs!
  5. Fish such as Koi carp were released into the flooded building to keep the Mosquitos under control. Without any predators, the fish bred like underwater rabbits.
  6. The building was officially closed to the public in 2011, but its pretty easy to sneak via the back doors (locals are even selling fish food) and its easy to find if you know how.

How to find the New World Mall Fish Pond

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First find the abandoned mall on the intersection of Thanon Phra Sumen on Samsen Road (Banglumphu Junction), just down the road from Kho San and Rambutree Roads. Usually theres a few cops hanging around the area, or a police tow truck parked up.New World 5

Take a right down Thanon Phra Sumen and walk for a few hundred meters until you find the Krungthai Bank (This is the bank with blue signage and what looks like a Dragon on the logo). Turn right into the soi.New World 4

Follow Soi Kraisi about 50m, past various food vendors and take a right, you should see some green netting. Dont get lost and end up following the Soi all the way onto the other street (we did that!)New World 3

While you are at the green netting, stop and buy some fish food for 10 Baht, leave the money in the container.

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Thais often feed fishes or release them into the nearby Chaopraya river to gain merit. Feed the fishes, check out the cool abandoned building but be careful, it is falling apart, and of course the building is basically condemned and private property.New World 1

Its worth checking the building out sooner rather than later, the whole area seems to be getting a bit of a tidy up recently, with some buildings on Ratchadomnen road being demolished while others getting fenced off (not to mention the local protestors being around)

Thousands of fish in an abandoned mall in Bangkok.

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Date: 06/29/15 10:38 AM

13 Responses to An Abandoned Mall Full Of Fish [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of christa23
    christa23 Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2014 at 7:19 am
    Link: An Abandoned Mall Full Of Fish - Thousands of fish in an abandoned mall in Bangkok.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2014 at 11:51 am
    Looks like "Invasive Carp" to me.
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    Bealzebubble Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm
    It`s Asia. They`re not considered invasive over there as they usually have predators. Unfortunately where they`ve been introduced to the Americas and Australasia they have no predators so they go nuts.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    June 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    I`m unsure which is the strangest aspect.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    June 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    Aren`t those all "koi"? There`s already millions of them in North American fish tanks and backyard ponds :-)

    I think they quickly get gobbled up over here by local predator fish & birds. I`ve never heard of them surviving in the wild.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    Love stuff like this `hidden wonders`
    great post christa
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    draino123 Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    June 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm
    draino123 "fishes"
    No, just "fish." They all appear to be the same species, koi, which are a variety of carp similar to, but not the same as, goldfish.

    Some of the more colorful specimens can sell for pretty decent money; however, it looks like someone already got that idea. The crop there looks like it`s been pretty well picked over.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm
    That looks like an awesome setting for a horror movie. "A group of kids decide to explore an abandoned mall filled with fish. Little do they know that something else is lurking under the surface."
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm
    Ho Lee Carp!
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    June 30, 2014 at 4:53 am
    OK when I saw the title I wasn`t expecting live ones. Kinda fun.
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    RandomNoun Male 18-29
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    June 30, 2014 at 9:45 am
    Goddamn they are ugly fish.
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    ak2nc1 Female 18-29
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    July 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    Wow.. there`s so many! How do they get oxygen? amazing!

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