28 June 2017 - The Ruins of Batman’s Lair in Thailand




The Ruins of Batman’s Lair 
in Thailand

G'day folks,

Welcome to another abandoned building. This one is in southern Thailand.


 The Batman nightclub entertainment establishment sits decaying away in the Thai coastal city of Pattaya.  Derelict for over 20 years, the crumbling club sits on Soi Batman, the street that still carries its name, as it is still a very distinguishing building.


The Batman was built in the mid-1990’s in central Pattaya, where it became one of the city’s hottest night-spots. The club’s Batman spotlights could be seen beaming across the city each night, as if Pattaya were Gotham City and customers were being called instead of help from a caped-crusader.


It was also a ‘snooker club’ on the members-only upper floors, where the ladies that worked there walked around scantily clad (or un-clad) and entertained club members in short-time rental rooms. This enormous, dilapidated venue, though only in operation for a brief spell, remains standing as a mysterious and foreboding reminder to Pattaya locals of past adventures in local nightlife.



The once-eventful six-floor structure (including the rooftop), now seems to host mainly street artists who come to spray murals on the many walled canvases, as well as a few vagrant folks who use it as a shelter for humid, rainy Pattaya nights. There was a street art event held at the Batman in March of 2016, which provided the colourful array of murals covering most of the internal and external walls. 


The ground floor area, which was the main Batman dance floor, is completely submerged under a few meters of water. What is now a murky pond was once a large dance area with a bar and a stage for live performances. It was reported in local news last year that a man’s body of was found floating in that very pool.  Now, here are some photographs of this building.

























Clancy's comment: A big place, but can't say I've been there. Love the artwork.

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27 June 2017 - UNDERWATER MUSEUM IN THE BLACK SEA





UNDERWATER MUSEUM 
IN THE BLACK SEA

G'day folks,

This might surprise you. Then again, if you are like me, nothing surprises you today.


Free entry and no queues, this sounds like the ideal museum. However, this unique underwater museum is not an easy place to visit. Located 100m off the shore of Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea, visitors require at least a basic level of diving skills to take a trip.



Known as the “Alley of Leaders”, this original museum was created by Vladimir Borumensky, a qualified diver from Donetsk, in 1992. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Broumensky obtained a statue of Lenin, unsure of what to do with this he placed the statue on Cape Tarkhankut, much to the annoyance of the local residents. 



The opposition that he received from the other inhabitants led to him having to relocate the statue and he decided to transfer it to the Black Sea, making this the first exhibit of the museum.



Overtime Vladimir, along with other divers, has collected a number of other statues of ex-Soviet leaders, including Stalin, Marx and Voroshilov, to add to the collection. Currently there are over 50 exhibits in the museum including a replica Eiffel Tower and Tower Bridge.









Clancy's comment: Amazing, eh? I would love one of those statues in my garden. However, the statue below IS one of many in my garden.

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