Bangkok’s abandoned treasures

| September 9, 2020

At 168 letters Bangkok is noted in the Guinness World Records as the longest name of a place. It certainly is not the only fascinating thing to know about this enormous city in Thailand. There are many hidden treasures in Bangkok and here we will list only a few. We do not encourage anyone to visit these places on their own, as we are only informing you of their existence. However, if you do visit these locations, you will be doing it at your own risk.


The Sathorn Unique was supposed to be a luxury skyscraper hotel with 659 residential units on 49 floors. Its construction began back in 1990. It was never completely finished and the construction stopped in 1997 because of the financial crisis, so the building was left abandoned. Today it has the nickname ‘Ghost Tower’. Inside you could find garbage, homeless people, stray dogs, lots of cables, wires, JerkDolls, construction tools, shoes etc.  As you climb to the top there are fewer things to see, but when you reach the top you can find one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

The New World Mall was built in the 1980s and at the time it was higher than the nearby Grand Palace, which the locals didn’t like at all. It was closed in 1997 and a fire destroyed the roof afterwards. Without the roof and after many drops of rain the building became flooded, creating ideal conditions for a mosquito outbreak. The locals thought of introducing different kinds of fish into the waters to get rid of the mosquitos. The fish multiplied so today you have lots of catfish, koi fish, mango fish, goldfish and silverfish swimming around.

Local fishermen started selling the fish outside the mall.

Batman Cave was a six-stories high disco nightclub located 150km from Bangkok on Soi Batman in Pattaya. It was built in 1994, and it had a spotlight on the roof that gave out the Batman logo in the sky at night to draw people to the club. It contained the dancefloor, a bar and a stage for live performances. In the upper floors there was a VIP area with a ‘snooker club’ with naked girls serving the customers and escort service providing different kinds of family sex games. It worked for two years, irritating the local authorities, before police shut it down due to drugs and underage drinking. Few months after the closure, there was a suspicious fire that burned the building. Today it is abandoned and serves as a safe haven for graffiti artists and homeless people. The building is in a sad state, the lowest floor where the bar used to be is usually flooded, insects and rats are roaming around and there was even a dead body found on the premises. The owner is a local bank but it has found no use with the property just yet.

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Current: Editor of, Managing Director at dp-Studio Co. Ltd. Past: Lecturer, Instructor at School of Architecture King Mongkut University of Technology, Architect at RNL Architect, Architect at Roth Sheppard Architects Education: School of Architecture Chulalongkorn University Bangkok Thailand (B.Arch) School of Architecture University of Arizona USA - School of Architecture University of Colorado, Denver USA (M. Arch)
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