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A Guide To Bangkok Chinatown

January 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Bangkok 泰国

Bangkok’s Chinese community predates the founding of the city itself. The land where the grand palace is today was originally a community of Chinese traders and when King Rama I made the decision to establish the capital on the site of the village of Bangkok, he asked the Chinese traders to move. They ended up settling to the east of the city, along the river.

The Bangkok Chinatown district is a vibrant area which runs along Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, where a huge ceremonial Chinese gate makes its entrance unmistakable. The district is easily explored on foot, and in fact walking is really the best way to really get to see things. You will find many gold shops lined up on Yaowarat Road and Chinatown is without a doubt one of the best places to shop for gold in Bangkok.

The Chinatown district of Bangkok is a popular tourist attraction and a food haven for many who flock here after sunset to explore the bustling street-side cuisine. t’s no less busy during the day, as hordes of shoppers descend upon this one-kilometre strip and the adjacent Charoenkrung Road to get a day’s worth of food staples or to pay a visit to one of the many Chinese temples.

Market Stalls

Packed with Chinese herbal shops, market stalls, street-side restaurants and probably the greatest concentration of gold shops in the whole city, Chinatown Bangkok is an experience not to be missed. You should plan your visit during major festivals such as Chinese New Year and the annual vegetarian festival which occurs in October, when you will see Bangkok Chinatown at its very best.

Other things which you will find here include beautiful Chinese temples, Taoist places of learning and shops which sell all sorts of fascinating remedies. The area is very popular and you can find just about anything imaginable; from hair accessories, tea sets, hardware and food, to fabric, strange vegetables imported from mainland China, and even Chinese funeral items.

One noteworthy place is Chakrawat, a large monastery which is one of the three largest in Bangkok. It has some very interesting buildings and is even home to a group of crocodiles.

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