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    Colourful Chinatown Street.
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    Chinatown markets.

    by pfsmalo Written Mar 30, 2014

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    If you enjoy rubbing shoulders with the locals you have to do this on a Sunday morning. Literally thousands of people out buying this and that or just plain wandering as we were. But beware, much of the stuff is Chinese plastic and falls apart in 10 minutes (We had the case with a hat for my wife, admittedly only 150 THB, and managed to get just round the corner before the stitching let go. Went back and they changed it, no problem). The place is so full of life though it was amazing that when we came back from the pier after 13h00, everything was shut and closed up. Even the Yaowarat road was empty and nobody about !!!

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    Located near the Grand Palace

    by machomikemd Written Nov 2, 2013
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    although Thailand has the largest number of people of Chinese ancestry, about 16 to 20% of Thailand have chinese ancestry and the chinese, which arrived in great numbers from Guangong Province in Southern China (where Hong Kong and Macau is situated) in the 17th century, established bangkok's chinatown here in Yaowarat area, the chinatown here is relatively small as compared to chinatowns of other asian countries, as again, the chinese in thailand are the most assimililated chinese in Asia, as even the competing Politicians, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and opposition Abhisit Vejajiva have chinese ancestry. being said that, Chinatown in Bangkok is smaller and if you are used to going to other chinatowns in other countries, this chinatown is typical of what you see in other areas, and is quite small.

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    China Town..Huge shopping area..

    by Treshi Written Aug 8, 2013

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    China Town in Bangkok is easily reached by skytrain and then taxi if you are in the Sukhumvit area. Found the place to be huge with many many shops including gold shops. Full of Chinese restaurants that serves shark's fin which is a Chinese specialty. Gets really hot and humid and crowded during the day. A lot of lovely things to buy in the area.

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    Chinatown

    by solopes Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    Bangkok - Thailand

    Chinatown in New York. Chinatown in Washington. Chinatown in
    San Francisco. Chinatown in Montreal. Chinatown in... Chinatown in Bangkok? I skip. I prefer "Bangkoktown", and to plan Chinatown in... China.

    Chinatown in Shanghai! I knew it!
    That's the finest, wonderful Chinatown.

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    China Town

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    Colourful Chinatown Street.
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    We got to Bangkok's China Town by taking the public Chao Phraya River boat to Rachawongsee Peir. China town was beautifully decorated with red lanterns. I am not sure if this is normal or if it was just in place for Chinese New Year. The streets were busy with stalls selling goods, food stalls and restaurants. There was an interesting temple, too. Worth a look around for the crowds, the colour, the shopping, the food.

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  • Wat Mahuprutaram

    by volopolo Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    Wat Mahuprutaram

    A very old Buddhist temple in Chinatown very near to the Chao Praya river. A big Buddha image inside the temple.


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    Name: Wat Mahuprutaram
    Attraction Type: Wat - Temple, Buddha image
    Close to: Chinatown
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Wat Mahuprutaram in Bangkok
    Photos: You can take great photos of the Buddha image (inside the building)
    Last Visit: September 2007
    Admission Fee Free


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    First Photo: The Reclining Buddha image in Wat Mahuprutaram
    Second photo: Wat Mahuprutaram
    Third photo: Buddha image in Wat Mahuprutaram
    Forth photo: Building in Wat Mahuprutaram
    Fifth photo: The main building in Wat Mahuprutaram

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  • Charoen Krung Road

    by volopolo Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown
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    Charoen Krung Road

    One of the largest streets in Bangkok and very famous. One part of the street is considered Chinatown along with Yaowarat Road with many shops in this part of the street.


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    Name: Charoen Krung
    Attraction Type: Road, Shopping Area
    Close to: Chinatown, Chao Praya River
    City: Bangkok


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    First Photo: Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown
    Second photo: Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown
    Third photo: Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown
    Forth photo: Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown
    Fifth photo: Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown

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    Chinatown

    by draguza Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    Chinese immigrants -- first under the benevolence of King Rama I and then after several other kings -- settled in Bangkok in Sampheng near the Grand Palace. The community quickly became a thriving business center and in the next century moved to Yaowarat, the current location of Bangkok's Chinatown. Rice trading brought great prosperity and by the 1950s Bangkok's business and entertainment center was Chinatown. Today shops, stalls, and of course Chinese restaurants line the streets and alleys centered around Yaowarat Road which lights up with neon at night like a miniature version of Hong Kong. Some of the major sights to see include the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit and the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center. But the most popular reason to go here is the food. Many eateries stay open long into the night or even 24 hours.

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  • Chinatown

    by volopolo Updated Sep 1, 2010

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    Chinatown

    One of the most popular attractions in Bangkok.


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    Name: Chinatown
    Close to: Chao Praya river
    Location: Near Chao Praya
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Chinatown
    Last Visit: September 2008


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    First Photo: Chinatown
    Second Photo: Chinatown
    Third Photo: Chinatown
    Forth Photo: Chinatown
    Fifth Photo: Chinatown

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  • Yaowarat Road in Chinatown

    by volopolo Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    Yaowarat Road


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    Name: Yaowarat Road
    Attraction Type: Road, Shopping
    Close to: Chinatown
    City: Bangkok


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    First Photo: Yaowarat Road
    Second photo: Yaowarat Road
    Third photo: Yaowarat Road
    Forth photo: Yaowarat Road
    Fifth photo: Yaowarat Road

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  • Kuan An Keng Shrine

    by volopolo Updated Jul 31, 2010

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    Kuan An Keng Shrine in Bangkok
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    Kuan An Keng Shrine

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    Name: Kuan An Keng Shrine
    Attraction Type: Chinese Temple
    Close to: Wat Arun and Memorial Bridge
    City: Bangkok
    Last Visit: February 2009


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    First Photo: Kuan An Keng Shrine
    Second Photo: Door beside the temple
    Third Photo: The main Building
    Forth Photo: Kuan An Keng Shrine
    Fifth Photo: Information about the Building

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  • Sharkfin lover

    by christopherbutton Written May 30, 2010

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    Been to Yaowarat many time, lots of chinese restaurant and road side cart selling sharkfin, birdnest etc. Night time is very crowded with people. Small claypot of sharkfin for only 300baht. Also lots other chinese dishes in very reasonable price. Day time also have chinese medical hall and goldsmith shop.Avoid going or leaving after 4pm(aproximate) heavy traffic jam. To me it worth going there if you like cheap and nice chinese food

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    Chinatown on a Sunday morning

    by johnaalex Written Feb 4, 2010

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    Sunday is one of the busiest days in one of the oldest parts of Bangkok with a bustling market. It really is a great atmosphere with loads of interesting sights and smells. If you want to buy some gold then the dealers on Yaowarat Street are a great place to look.

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    Canton Shrine

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 25, 2009

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    The Canton Shrine was founded by a group of Chinese immigrants from Canton during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V, 1853-1910). Initially, they formed an unofficial association in 1877 and used it as their meeting place. Later in 1880, they planned to have a shrine built and sent people to China to look for construction material and decorative items for the shrine. Stone columns, staircases and statues as well as tiles were sent from China to be assembled in Thailand in accordance with traditional Chinese architectural style.

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    Yaowarat Road

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 25, 2009

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    Bangkok's Chinatown is located on Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district. It is an old business centre covering a large area where there are many small streets and alleys full of shops and vendors selling all types of goods. It has been the main centre for trading by the Chinese community since they moved from their old site some 200 years ago. You can find gold shops, garments, textiles, stationery, souvenirs, second-hand parts and equipment, electric goods, computer parts, antiques, imported musical instruments, and local delicacies at a bargain, often at wholesale prices, plus some small Cantonese style shrines.

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