By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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Urban explorer, Dax Ward, took to the I.C.E Tower in the Din Daeng District of Bangkok, to take a peek inside the abandoned building.
The 37-floor office building has been abandoned since the 1997 Asian financial crisis - known locally as the ’Tom Yum Goong’ crisis.
The crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai Baht after the Thai government was forced to float the bat due to lack of foreign currency to support its currency peg to the US dollar.
Ward’s images give a glimpse inside the derelict space and it’s lifeless remains, now mostly covered in graffiti.
Dax said: “I had never shot inside an abandoned tower, and this place sounded intriguing.
“It was exciting, I have to admit that there was an adrenaline rush and it was striking to discover such a large amount of enclosed emptiness in the middle of an enormous city.”
The urban exploration photographer and part-time technology teacher said that he is very happy with the way the photos turned out as the early morning conditions produced fantastic lighting and the interior architecture brought out eerie shadows.
Although entry has become tightly restricted over the past year due to vandalism, Dax and his girlfriend, Mook managed to gain entry from an employee at the facility.
However Dax wants to use his experience as an urban explorer to discourage others from attempting to gain entry to abandoned places.
Dax said: “It is certainly not welcome to tourists. It is strictly prohibited and, though the guards are nice enough, they are known to be armed and can become aggressive when necessary.
“My wish is that people who wish to visit these places around the city, no matter if they are able to gain entry or not, have some respect for the property.
“Unfortunately, over the past year or two, foreign visitors have vandalised the building with graffiti or destruction of property.”
To take a look at more of Dax’s urban exploration, visit his website: http://www.daxward.com/About