Thousands of fish found in abandoned store in Bangkok

Thousands of fish found in abandoned store in Bangkok

Thriving with thousands of fish, the area seemed to be an anglers' paradise.

But it is not a fishing pond. Neither is it a fish farm or a marine fishing spot.

The venue? The ground floor of an abandoned department store - the New World Mall - in Bangkok. After it was closed down in 1997, it became a mosquito breeding ground after it was gradually flooded with rainwater.

Local vendors tried to control the mosquitoes in the surrounding areas by releasing thousands of fish into the water pool. They included catfish, fancy carp. iridescent shark as well as black and red tilapia.

Recently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration decided to remove the fish and drain the water. Workers were sent in to collect the fish. The catch was astoundingly bountiful.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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