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See Thousands Of Exotic Fish That Took Over Abandoned New World Mall In Bangkok (Photos)

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An abandoned shopping mall in Thailand is home to thousands of exotic fish.

Built in the 1980s, the New World Mall in Bangkok was closed down in 1997 after it failed to adhere to building regulations; the 11-story mall was seven floors taller than originally planned, the Daily Mail reports.

In 1999, the mall was engulfed in flames, destroying the roof. The disaster led to its partial demolition in 2004.

The mall’s fifth to 11th floors were later dismantled to be in line with the original construction plan, according to the Phuket News.

Rainwater over the years has filled the building, giving rise to mosquitoes. To fix this problem, locals put freshwater tilapia fish in the water to eat the insects. The fish began to thrive and quickly reproduced into thousands.

Even though locals sell fish food to tourists who visit, throwing anything else into the water is forbidden in order to protect the fish.

New World, found on Bang Lam Pu Junction in Bangkok’s old town, closed its doors in 2011 after a huge number of locals visited the mall to see the 5,000-square-foot fishpond.

However, tourists can still enter the building with permission, Renegade Travels notes.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Phuket News, Renegade Travels