Charoen Krung (New) Road

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Nov
2021

Charoen Krung (New) Road

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Skirting the Chao Phraya River – from Wat Pho through Chinatown and on to Yannawa – Charoen Krung, or New Road (as it is often also called) is one of Bangkok’s oldest thoroughfares.

Linking the Customs House and many trading companies, the road was once the center of Bangkok’s European community. At their insistence it became Thailand’s first paved highway. Still home to the gem and antique trades, today the road is choked with traffic pollution and noise, but side streets, lined with trees and old wooden buildings, can be blissfully serene. Along the road is the imposing General Post Office, whose light-brown stone façade is adorned with reliefs of garudas (mythical beasts, half bird, half human). In front is a statue of King Chula longkorn. The coin and stamp stalls (open Sundays) outside the post office and the Bangrak Market (open daily), selling clothing and fruit, give the area vibrancy

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