The New World Shopping Mall is an 11-story abandoned shopping mall that turned into a large fish habitat, located in Bangkok, Thailand. It was built in 1982 and has been through a tumultuous journey before finally being closed in 1997, and a fire in 1999 left it without a roof. Once the seven-storey section was finally demolished in 2004, the remaining four-storeys were left exposed and abandoned, with no roofing or covering.
It wasn’t long before rainwater flooded the ground floor and the basement, which created a perfect environment for a mosquito outbreak in the area. To get rid of mosquitos, locals released fish into the water, and years later, the pond has become a tourist attraction. Not only did the fish take care of the pest problem, they’ve thrived. The abandoned shopping mall in Bangkok became one of the world’s largest urban ponds. As of 2020 the abandoned New World Mall in Bangkok has been temporarily transformed into an art exhibit for visitors to enjoy.