Urban spelunkers visited Sathorn Unique, a half-built, 50-story skyscraper in the middle of Bangkok, and snapped some dramatic black-and-white photos of the waste and ruin within.
Bangkok, Thailand. Just fourteen years ago, the Sathorn Unique skyscraper was being built, destined to become one of the city's fanciest residential addresses. Now, it is an abandoned building. Never completed, it remains as yet another "ghost tower" of Bangkok. A tangle of trees and vines are beginning to take over the lighter parts of this monolith, such as the four story archways and romanesque feature columns. Amazingly, this building is located in the central area of one of the worlds largest cities. These towers were built during the mid nineties, when the Thai economy was booming. In 1997, the Asian Financial Crisis changed all that. Developers stricken with debt were unable to finish many projects. In the case of Sathorn Unique, the main concrete structure made it all the way to the top. The apartment fit-outs had begun in earnest, with wooden floor boards installed and polished. Connected bathtubs, wardrobes, and electrics show just how close this one was to completion. At ground floor, two escalators have been installed, climbing to nowhere in particular, the remnants of protective plastic still clinging onto their stainless steel sides. With an amazing location close to the Chao Praya river that snakes its way through the center of Bangkok, it's easy to see how this abandoned building would have been luxury living at it's finest.
This entry into a Thai town’s annual fireworks competition puts all the pyro I’ve seen in person to shame — the fact that it was a homemade, amateur entry is even more impressive. If only this was a thing where I live — safety third! (via Kottke)
Late Tuesday in Thailand, two explosions are reported to have killed two people and wounded dozens at a hotel popular with tourists. The car bombs went off minutes apart in Pattani, in Thailand’s deep South. “It was unclear whether the bombs were set off by timers or electrical signal,” the Bangkok Post reported.
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