Inside Bangkok's Abandoned, Half-Finished Ghost TowerKelsey Campbell-Dollaghan2/13/14 11:20amFiled to: ghost towersarchitecturethailandbangkokabandoned towers484EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe skyscraper index tells us that tall buildings and the market are closely correlated—and the unlucky ones being built during a catastrophic economic crisis run the risk of remaining incomplete forever. Such was the case with Sathorn Unique.AdvertisementSathorn, a 49-story tower in Bangkok, has sat unfinished since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, which got its start in Thailand after the Thai baht collapsed that summer. Some locals, according to Atlas Obscura, believe it's haunted—a rumor that's gleaned it the nickname "ghost tower." These days, its empty facade nets a bit of cash through advertising: Image by Dan Woods.Advertisement In fact, the concrete structure is accessible to anyone who wants to explore it—you can even visit the upper floors—which remain the most exposed—where the luxury suites were once planned. Today, weeds and shrubs have cracked through the concrete floors and wound their way up unfinished columns, rebar still sticking up like uncooked spaghetti. But be forewarned: "Getting to the top terrace of the building is possible," says alternative travel guide Exploguide.com, "but it is absolutely not a good idea, and the structure is fragile and bares many holes in the floors."Images by IMP1 and Axel Drainville.Sathorn is far from the only unfinished tower in the world. From the US to North Korea, there are dozens of half-built skyscrapers all over the world. In some cases, flexible neighbors take advantage of the space—in Caracas, for example, a 45-story unfinished tower hosts thousands of squatters, some of whom have even installed windows and TVs.