When we see abandoned buildings or places, we often think that it was condemned or haunted. However, some of these abandoned places give a new beginning other to creatures.

In Bangkok, Thailand there’s an abandoned shopping mall that has a hidden treasure but can you spot it?

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Apparently, this abandoned building is home to thousand of fishes — not just an ordinary fish, it’s an exotic Koi and a Catfish!

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Thanks to JesseRockwell, a chef, traveler, writer who shared these amazing photos of this “Urban Aquarium” hidden inside the New World Shopping Mall in old town Bangkok.

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This is what he shared on his site “Taste of the Road”:

“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 2000′s 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. I will not tell exactly where it is, as locals somewhat discourage people visiting it. In fact we had to wait for a policeman who was parked on his motorcycle in front of the gate to leave before we timidly entered. Below are a few pictures to give you an idea of the absolutely staggering amount of fish.”

Who would have thought that these fishes live in an old shopping mall?

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It’s so amazing how life can survive in these kinds of places, just give them a chance to live and they will thrive for it.

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The posted sign reads in Thai “strictly no entrance beyond this point”

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These photos give us a whole new perspective about abandoned building or places. We will never know what kind of surprises awaits us on these places, we just hope that these surprises will be good to mankind.

Source: A Taste Of The Road | Photos by: Jesse Rockwell