Its builders intended the Sathorn Unique Tower to be one of the most exclusive condominium complexes in all of Bangkok. However, after a financial crisis that rocked Thailand, the ill-fated building fell into a state of decay. And today, they say the only residents of the tower are ghosts.
The continent of Asia is home to a range of abandoned buildings, cities and monuments that have put a haunting stamp on the landscape. Take, for example, the Ryugyong Hotel in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The impressive landmark was expected to be the tallest hotel in the world, demonstrating the power of the country’s socialist regime. But it would never realize this dream.
Construction on the Ryugyong Hotel kicked off in 1987. The 105-story skyscraper would form a pyramid-shaped silhouette on the skyline of Pyongyang. Its official name translates to “capital of willows” – a historical nickname for the North Korean capital. And though it has become known colloquially as a hotel, the intention was for the building to serve many purposes.