Abandoned places in Chiang Mai: House of Success & Janghuarinnakorn House

Let me start off by saying that abandoned places and anything creepy is usually a big NO from me. I mean, i’ve literally watched at most, 4 horror movies in my life(mostly with my hands over my eyes). But for some reason when one of my best friends suggested exploring this abandoned house, I found myself intrigued.

Set in the old city, this set of three ostentatious buildings stood out amongst all the low rise buildings in its surrounding. We found out that they are developing the buildings to turn them into hotels! Prior reading before going to this place said that the land is very undesirable and filled with bad luck. Guess someone decided to risk that. Anyway, we only managed to explore 2 of the 3 buildings. The third was filled with construction things and a night guard was there too.

The main building, Janghuarinnakorn House
The main building, Janghuarinnakorn House

Janghuarinnakorn House
This main building is also known as the white lion mansion

The first thing we saw when we entered the compound was this massive white lion stone sculpture, positioned almost like it was guarding the building. Pretty creepy, if i’m being completely honest.

Janghuarinnakorn House
The detailing on the building was stunning. 

Almost everything in the Janghuarinnakorn House had been taken out. Even the stairs on the first floor had been demolished so getting up to the second floor was a tiny challenge.

All the floors in this building had been completely cleaned out. Just behind this building was the gorgeous House of Success. Creepy but compelling, we were practically drawn towards that building.

View of the House of Success from the Janghuarinnakorn House through a broken window.

The House of Success was breath taking. It was so sad to think that a place this gorgeous had been abandoned. The architecture, the sculptures, the colours of the place. Everything was beautiful. It isn’t hard to imagine how stunning this place would have been when it was first built.

The building from the outside, all gold and glorious.

It was hard to figure out what this building could have been used for. It had big and bold sculptures but it lacked things that would constitute it to being a house. There was no kitchen or anything. It just had massive empty rooms.

the first floor

the amazing detailing on the ceiling

one side of the first floor had those glorious stained glass windows and the other side was filled with massive mirrors

This building, unlike the other, had mostly everything intact. The mirrors were still in good condition, the stairs weren’t falling apart. It was just pretty dark at certain parts of the house where the setting sun couldn’t reach.

House of Success
the second floor

House of Success
entering the House of Success

So there are a couple of stories behind this place. One is that a rich tycoon “Tycoon Jack” built this place to be used as his sales office, but just never completed it. This story says he is still alive and around Thailand.

The other story(and the more interesting one) is apparently an eccentric millionaire built these buildings. The Janghuarinnakorn House was supposed to be where his family would live and the House of Success was for him to carry out his business. Rumour has it that he went batshit and butchered his wife and family cutting them into pieces, which resulted in this place being haunted now.

I don’t know which story is true but this place did give me the chills. It had a still, creepy energy to it. I’m still glad that we managed to explore this place before it gets turned into something else. That being said, this is definitely not a place I would want to be once the sun sets.

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