10 Years Tom Yum Goong Disease

  1. Bangkok Connection
  2. Thai Election Kicks Off
  3. Mochit 2
  4. Bangkok Express
  5. Rayong Birds
  6. Talad Thep Chinda
  7. 9 Days in the Kingdom
  8. FAT Festival
  9. FAT Concert
  10. Sticky Tuk Tuk
  11. Birthday Merit
  12. Feed the Fish
  13. Moonlight with DH
  14. Patpong for the King
  15. Paul’s Birthday
  16. Step – Stylish Nonsense
  17. Trading Buddhas
  18. Grand Palace
  19. The Unstoppable Samak
  20. Likay Portraits
  21. Vanishing Marshland
  22. Talk to the Other Side
  23. Bangkok Daybreak
  24. Residencies of Gods
  25. 10 Years Tom Yum Goong Disease
  26. Demolishing Old House
  27. Constructing Bangkok
  28. Not Far from Home
  29. The Lost Three Gems in the City of Gods
  30. Mochit 2 Revisit
  31. Mobility of Faith
  32. Home Song Satellite
  33. Lost in Transportation
  34. Go with the Flow
  35. Error Ferris Wheel
  36. Thailand Random Symmetry
  37. Day and Night at Siam Square
  38. Trap Doors

When I was in Thailand, 2007 was the tenth anniversary of Asian economic crisis. The Thai Baht currency had been weakened by several attacks from international funds. Finally, the Thai Government at that time was forced to float the currency. The result of this bubble burst, aka Tom Yum Goong Disease, triggered the financial collapses throughout Asia.

Hopwell Project

Hopewell, Invisible Railtrack

Although Thailand have recovered from the crisis and paid off IMF’s bialout, there are still monumental traces of the melt down, especially, big projects stopped their constructions ten years ago. These are some of the unfinished enterprises in Bangkok: Hopewell Project, upper level train link from the old Bangkok Airport to the city, a building that has never been erected from the ground, a luxury apartment that has been painted only half way through, and a site that is converted into a street vendor park.

What did we learn from this expensive lesson?

Hopewell, Unfinished Line
Hopewell, Unfinished Line
Hopewell, Perching Pillar
Hopewell, Perching Pillar
Only the Ground, Neighbourhood
Only the Ground, Neighbourhood
Only the Ground, Fish Ponds
Only the Ground, Fish Ponds
Only the Ground, the Keeper House
Only the Ground, the Keeper House
Apartment, Half Way through
Apartment, Half Way through
Apartment, Open Court
Apartment, Open Court
Vendor Park, View from Skytrain
Vendor Park, View from Skytrain
Vendor Park, Home
Vendor Park, Home
Vendor Park, Vendor Carts
Vendor Park, Vendor Carts