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Bangkok’s Chinese residents originally lived in the area where the old City is today. When Rama I decided to move his capital across the river in 1782, the entire community was relocated. Since then the district around Yaowarat and Sampeng roads has been the focus of Chinese life in the city, although now it is also home to a small Indian community. once the financial center of Bangkok, Chinatown remains a thriving, bustling, noisy area. Between the two great traffic-choked thoroughfares of Yaowarat Road and Charoen krung Road lies a maze of narrow alleyways packed with market stalls. The most accessible are the wholesale fabric market of Sampeng Lane and the diverse offerings of the vendors along Soi Isara nuphap. other major markets in Chinatown include Pak khlong, nakorn kasem, and Phahurat. near to Hua Lamphong Station is Wat Traimit with its splendid interior and huge gold Buddha image. The area is peppered with Chinese shrines, many of which combine elements of Confucianism, Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism, and animism. old Chinese noodle shops patronized by mahjong-playing, undershirtclad men make interesting snack spots.

Sights at a Glance


Wat Traimit


Pak Khlong Market
Phahurat Market
Nakorn Kasem

Historic Buildings

Hua Lamphong Station

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