Oddities of Thailand: The Ghost Tower of Bangkok

It’s fair to say that the buildings in Thailand are quite unique. In the Capital City of Bangkok there are buildings both old and new that have the capacity to really inspire onlookers. Sometimes the older, more dilapidated buildings are more interesting to look at than the newer ones. Case in point, the Ghost Tower of Bangkok.

This attraction is by no means a major one for tourists, but it’s pretty hard to miss. Originally called The Sathorn Unique, this 49 story building was a major project during the Thai economic boom of the 1990’s but when the Asian Financial Crisis struck in 1997, the project was abandoned mid construction. Since then it has become known as the Ghost Tower and is considered haunted by locals.

For a few intrepid travelers it has become somewhat of an attraction though. Access to the building is forbidden by law but that doesn’t stop tourists from making their way up to the top. Local guards are stationed at the base of the building and for a hefty fee they’ll unlock the gate and let you in. On any given day, tiny figures can be seen moving around the roof, from down on the street.

The Ghost Tower is located right near the Saphan Taksin BTS train station. Directions from there aren’t really needed, all one has to do is look up and around and their eyes will surely come across this amazing structure. It’s well worth a look for anyone traveling around Bangkok, even if you don’t intend on going up to face the dizzying heights.

 

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