In the middle of Bangkok, just a few blocks away from the citys tourist spots, lies a secret thats both dark and incredible for those who dare take the road less traveled.
This is the inconspicuous entrance to one of Bangkoks thriving shopping malls or at least it used to be. The New World Mall closed down in 1997 due to a breach of zoning laws. In 1999, a suspected arsonist burned down much of the structure, leaving it without a roof.
Soon, rainwater started flooding the abandoned buildings basement, leading to a widespread mosquito problem for the locals.
To combat this dilemma, an unknown person introduced Koi and Catfish to eat the mosquitos eggs.
The years passed and the fish population grew, making the former mall an unexpected giant aquarium. Outside, vendors sell fish food to passers-by who want to risk entering the property to feed the fish.
Chef and travel writer Jesse Rockwell was able to sneak into the compound, avoiding the watchful eye of policemen, and took these eye-opening photos.
In his blog he says, 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.