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Report - ICE Tower, Bangkok, Thailand - August 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by King of Mali, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. King of Mali

    King of Mali 28DL Full Member
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    This was my first ever explore and this is my first ever report, so be gentle!

    In the early 90s, Thailand's economy was booming and high-rise condominiums and skyscrapers were being built in Bangkok left, right and centre. However, in 1997 a financial crisis hit Asia and the Thai Baht crumbled as a result, leaving many developers bankrupt and wiping out thousands of businesses.

    This meant that many construction projects were simply abandoned overnight, as the owners and developers had no money left to finish building them. These abandoned structures became known as 'Ghost Towers' to the locals, and the ICE tower was one such unfortunate building. Other ghost towers were finished over time as the economy recovered - such as the one which now houses the famous 5-star Lebua hotel. Another example is the 'Sathorn Unique Tower' - perhaps the most famous ghost tower in the world.

    Sadly, many Ghost Towers have been torn down. However, the ICE tower is still standing, uninhabited and quickly deteriorating. It was built primarily for office space, though the bottom 8 floors feature an area clearly designed for retail, with escalators and open spaces. I'm not sure of the exact height - I have seen people claim it is anywhere between 36 and 60 storeys tall - but when climbing it I counted at least 45 flights of stairs, so my guess would be that it is about 50 storeys tall.

    I had heard entry could be obtained by simply bribing the security guards - however this was not true and the heavy security presence almost scared us off. However, we decided to wait until night fell and then eventually found an access point after a great deal of searching (and running away from a very aggressive dog!). Once inside we quickly ascended the creaking escalators up to the 8th floor, where there is an odd rooftop area. We were very worried about being spotted by security though who were patrolling the bottom 8 floors or so, and so we quickly made our way upwards. Every floor is practically identical - featuring unused but fully fitted bathrooms and cavernous, empty office spaces.

    The building is falling into disrepair and many windows, ceiling panels and floor panels are missing, but its fascinating to look round. After a pitch-black 40min ascent we finally reached the rooftop, where the view over Bangkok's centre was the real reward. Without further ado, here are some pictures. Apologies for the grainy ones - couldn't risk a camera flash on the first few floors!

    Very grainy photo at the top of the escalators:
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    The rooftop area on the 8th floor:
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    Looking up from floor 20:
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    An unused bathroom:
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    Every floor is made up of these vast, empty office spaces:
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    Every floor also has an elevator lobby in the center:
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    Didn't want to get much closer to the edge:
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    Made it! What a view:
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    Drinking it in:
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    Feedback welcome, thanks for looking!
     
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    Great first report! Those views are amazing!

    Your first picture isn't working though?
     
  3. King of Mali

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    Thanks! The views were truly stunning - the entirety of Bangkok laid out before our eyes.

    The first picture is working for me, any ideas why it might not be showing and how I can fix it? Appreciated!
     
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    Good report, and excellent photos of the view
     
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    I can see it now so it may have just been my laptop being a tit!
     
  6. King of Mali

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    Thank you. I can't wait until my next visit to Bangkok, I've heard it has more abandoned buildings than almost any other major city so there are plenty more opportunities for urbex :)
     
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