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Why Chinatown - Bangkok is special ?
What to explore at Chinatown - Bangkok?
Although there are many things to see in Chinatown, one of the biggest sights is the experience of the place as a whole. The best way to see the area is to pick a starting point and wander around. See the map for an orientation.
This small and rather uninteresting temple is home to the world's largest solid gold Buddha image, the five-ton-plus image sits in a small wiharn within the temple.
Tien Fa Charity
Just a short distance up Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle is the small clinic run by th Tien Fa Charitable Foundation. In the courtyard of the old building is a large chapel to the goddess Ming.
Chinatown is home to many examples of the architecture of Bangkok's early years. About 14% of the buildings in the district have been designated as historical landmarks. Most of them are off on side streets. One of the most well known is the is the Tang To Gung gold shop on Sampaeng Lane around Mangkon Road.
The crowded Sampaeng Lane on a typical day.
Chinatown's original main street is a small narrow alley which runs from the Phahurat Market all the way down to Songsawat Road. The lane is too small for cars, and is now a crowded market selling mostly inexpensive household items. Near the Tang To Gung gold shop is a very old Chinese pharmacy that is definitely worth a look.
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
At the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown is the Chinese-Buddhist temple of Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, known in Chinese as Wat Leng Nui Yee. The temple is the center of festivities during important festivals such as Chinese new years and the vegetarian festival.
This small temple in Bangkok's Chinatown has some interesting details, but its main claim to fame is the fact it was founded by a former madame who owned a brothel.
Li Thi Miew Temple
This Chinese temple is one of the more open and accessible of the many Chinese temples in Bangkok's Chinatown.
This large monastery, one of the three biggest in Bangkok, houses some very unusual buildings as well as a few crocodiles!
The market is home to a huge number of fabric and wedding stalls. Its really the center of a small community of Sikhs and other immigrants from the sub continent.
The Old Siam
If the array of sights and smells is a bit too overwhelming for you, head over to the Old Siam shopping center, where you will find more tourist-friendly western and Thai restaurants and fast food outlets.
How to get to Chinatown - Bangkok?
The easiest way to reach Chinatown is by boat. Alight at the Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road to Sampaeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. You can also alight at the Harbor Department Pier, which is closer to Odeon Circle; or you can also use Memorial Bridge Pier, right at the flower market.
Alternatively, you can take the subway to Hua Lampong Station. From there it's a short walk to Wat Traimit
- Shopping heaven for shoppers
- A different experience
- Go on foot and just wander
- Interesting and familiar grounds
- A bustling place
Yaowarat Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Tips for you
China town is good to see the stalls on the street , then check out the little lanes selling all there wares .food stall seeking unusual food , parts of animals that you are not sure what it is . Take in the atmosphere and smells some good some bad!!. Watch out as motor bikes weave down the narrow lanes . See restaurants selling sharks fin and bird nest soup . You feel like you have entered another world which you don't quite fit in . Stopped at a local restaurant could not get served for ages although they could see us there , but for under 100 bt for to large Chang and. A bottle of water who cares about the wait , was great to people watch going about there daily life as long as you did not mind the sound of spitting by or fellow dinners . There is a nice Chinese temple there to .
We made a special taxi trip to China Town, because it was quite far away from our hotel near Central World. Hoping to have dinner there.OMG, once you step out of the taxi, you can smell the stinks everywhere on the street, dirty as hell. street restaurants are everywhere but they sweep all the left overs on the ground. people still eating off the street where extremely dirty waters everywhere. You will feel like they are going to have a major disease outbreak very soon. They have store restaurants but trust me, you don't want to eat there either or you will stop and re-think, do I have to take the risk?
We wondered round here during the day, so maybe it was because of this, but there were hardly anyone around. The area was dirty, run down, absolutely no atmosphere. We couldn't wait to get out of there and back to the hustle and bustle of the rest of Bangkok.
Have been to many Chinatown around many Asian country but in Bangkok it was a bit different as a lot of Thai Chinese were very lovely and helpful and friendly. Bought alot of things from this place.