Ghost Towers of Bangkok – Abandoned Buildings – Photo Friday
When you think of “adventure travel”, do you imagine mountain climbing, crossing deserts, trekking through jungles, and things of that nature? Abandoned buildings, and skyscrapers in particular, can be just as adventurous, every bit as beautiful, and perhaps even more thought-provoking. One of the many downsides, is that this kind of exploration is illegal, and very dangerous. Definitely a demanding environment in every way, including photographically. In every major city on earth lie a vast number of abandoned buildings, but in Bangkok, the Asian Financial crisis of 1997 resulted in abandoned skyscrapers. Unfinished “ghost towers”, often a tangle of rusted steel and cancer ridden concrete, can be seen in various neighbourhoods around Bangkok.
Like most evil super-villains, I love a good abandoned building.
Older ruins like Angkor Wat, the Acropolis, the Great Wall of China, and Borobudur, are an incredible testament to by-gone era. However, it is the ruins of the 20th century that hold a special appeal to me. Industrial sites, hospitals, universities, stadiums, and more, have been abandoned, forgotten, and left to rot. Photographers the world over treasure these locations for the untouched layers of spectacular patina. Yet, despite being right under our noses, most abandoned buildings remain mysterious and off-limits. They’re little visited for good reason. Next week on this site, you will see why.
I climbed to the top of this skyscraper. Tip: elevators don’t work in abandoned buildings. Bagged the summit, as the mountaineers say. Plus, bagged a few more while I was in Bangkok. Next week, I will have an article about tips and details on exploring these type of sites around the world. And, a whole bunch of photos showing the interiors of some of the more spectacular and wondrous abandoned buildings I have visited. You won’t believe what you will see. In this next article, I will tell you not to explore these sites, but if, like myself, you just can’t resist, I’ll also give you a few tips on what to look out for, what to take with you, and what to avoid.
In the meantime, enjoy photo Friday, and don’t try this at home! Really, I can’t emphasise enough just how dangerous abandoned buildings can be.
PS. This Sunday, I will be travelling to Hong Kong. So, I’ll have a few more days yet to think about this, but due to the nature of this information, I’m considering publishing the next article next week as “email-list-only”. Abandoned skyscrapers and other buildings are amongst the most incredible photo-shoot locations anywhere. If I haven’t already mentioned it, they’re also illegal to enter, and extremely dangerous…
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UPDATE! More abandoned buildings than you can poke a stick at, here.
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