Slums that became cities

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While the builders in Bangkok were raising mountain-like buildings and marvel monstrosity, a different type of architecture was evolving, clustered and confined in the midst of a bustling city. Its massive labyrinthine walls sprawled over many acres and embraced whole communities of slum residents. I bowed to it’s majestic twist of hardship and poverty.




An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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