Bangkok's Ghost Towers.


Like most of Asia, Thailand experienced exuberant economic expansion in the early to mid Nineties. Construction in Thailand's capital exploded, creating hundreds of new skyscrapers within a few short years. However, when the stock market and currency crashed in 1997, construction halted - leaving half finished "ghost towers" peppered around the city. Hit Play or visit the Link [BrightCove] to see a fascinating video on some of these still abandoned towers.

via Travel Happy

Also, for more abandoned building goodness, check out the old Russian Embassy of Bangkok, complete with a secret dungeon.

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I've been to Bangkok almost every year since 1988. It is amazing how quickly and robustly the city recovered from the economic downturn that produced these "ghost towers."

Also of great interest are the hundreds of various developments that were started outside of Bangkok across the country in rural locations. Most of them have been almost entirely swallowed up and "disappeared" by the humid concrete-destroying climate and the aggressive, super-healthy vegetation.

If you're interested in Thailand, I invite you to check out some of my Thailand photos on Flickr:

and my daughter's:
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