The Ground Floor Of The New World Shopping Mall Turned Into A Shallow Pond
Since 1997, The New World Shopping Mall located in Bangkok, Thailand, has been lying almost completely abandoned, and we state “almost” because, apparently, after it was flooded with several feet of rainwater, it has become a genuine paradise for a great variety of fish.
But, it hasn’t always been this way. The store that was built in 1982, was 11 storeys high and it towered over the surrounding area. The problem occurred when the developers find out that they only had permission to build a four-storey construction. Therefore, in 1997, the Thailand’s Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the extension that included seven storeys, thus remaining a gaping hole on the roof. Over the years, the rain turned the ground floor of the building into a shallow pond and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
In order to solve this annoying problem, the residents of the area found a simple solution. They bought fish of assorted species and released them in the waters so they could exterminate the mosquitoes and larvae.
Few people knew about the fish pond, until some photos were shared on Facebook. The photos determined lots of curious people to visit the place. The city officials say the building is unsafe, therefore the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration decided to remove the fish and water from the building.