New World shopping mall, a four storey former shopping mall. Originally constructed as an eleven storey building. It was found to be in breach of old town Bangkok’s four storey limit on building heights. The top seven floors were demolished to adhere to building codes in 1997. In 1999 the mall burned due to suspected arson committed by a competitor in the area. The disaster resulted in several casualties, and the building has remained abandoned ever since. Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round.
At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species. The small population of fish began to thrive and the result is now a self-sustained, and amazingly populated urban aquarium. Photos taken by Jesse Rockwell
1. A Thai Buddhist monk puts on a gas mask as riot police use water cannon and tear gas while anti-government protesters attempt to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
2. Anti-government protesters use plastic bags to cover their heads during a clashes with the police at the metropolitan police headquarters in Bangkok. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
3. Anti-government protesters flee as riot policemen use water cannon during clashes with the police the metropolitan police headquarters in Bangkok. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
4. An anti-government protester throws a rock at Thai riot police as they attempt to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
5. Riot police look over the fence towards anti-government protesters attacking their position near the Government house in Bangkok. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
6. An anti-government protester carries a Thai flag adorned with used teargas canisters as they attempt to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
7. Photographers help an injured protester after clashes broke out with the riot police near the Government House in Bangkok. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)
8. An anti-government protester throws a teargas canister at Thai riot police as they attempt to remove barricades outside Government House in Bangkok. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
9. Protesters hold colourful balloons in Bangkok. (Mast Irham/EPA)
10. Anti-government protesters use sling shots to throw rocks at Thai riot police as they attack the Government House in Bangkok. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
A construction worker who lives on the site of a new convention center sits outside his shack with his dog August 16, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. A construction boom has taken over the capital city, creating more sprawling shopping malls, hotels and apartment buildings. Some experts say that the development is not sustainable without proper planning.
Buddhist monks chat before a mass alms offering ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on May 19, 2013. Thousands of Buddhist monks and believers attended the ceremony to mark Vesak Day, the annual celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.