Pic – Jesse Rockwell

Several shopping malls have been planned in Bintulu despite the fact that existing malls find it difficult pulling in shoppers – eg., Li Hua Plaza, Citypoint.

Hope non of them won’t end up like this abandoned mall in Thailand aka ‘fish mall‘ – a haven for Tilapia, koi and catfish.

It was discovered by Jesse Rockwell a travel writer.

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.

Pic – Jesse Rockwell

Pic – Jesse Rockwell

Pic – Jesse Rockwell