Chinatown Attractions

What to See in Chinatown

Thanon Yaowarat and Thanon Charoen Krung are the main arteries of Chinatown, offering the biggest variety of eateries and shopping choices. With about 14% of the buildings in the district designated as historical landmarks, Chinatown is home to many fine examples of the architecture of Bangkok's early years. A good example is the Tang To Gung gold shop on Sampeng Lane, around Mangkon Road.

Wander on down the claustrophobic sois where the smell of fried food and leather reveal a distinct scent, before trailing across a temple or market. The area is as such, that it will leave you feeling like you have been transported back in time. 


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Sampeng Lane & Pahurat Textile Market

An option to get to Pahurat, though a bit exhausting, is to walk south along Sampeng Lane from Chinatown down to Chakraphet Road and Pahurat. Several sub-sois and shopping blocks can be explored this way.

An added feature to the area are circus-like acts of balancing and maneuvering performed by men transporting an astonishing amount of wholesale goods (sacks, boxes, etc) with small dolleys while weaving in and out of traffic - an interesting feat. To save yourself from over-exhaustion, and to explore Chinatown in a more thorough manner, try staying at nearby Chinatown hotels. Also while in the area, don't forget to visit the covered market lane between Ratchawong and Mahachak Roads.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (every day)
Address: Chakraphek Road and Sampleng Lane, Chinatown
How to get there: Running parallel south of Yaowarat (the main street) walk south along Sampeng Lane.

Saphanthawong Museum

This community museum is dedicated to the early Chinese immigrants of Bangkok. Set within the same compound as Wat Traimit, it is worth checking out if you’re eager to learn more about the history of the place. 

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00

Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Bangkok's most important and largest Chinese-Buddhist temple is the hub of activities during festivals like Chinese New Year and contains spectacular Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines. It dates back to 1872, and was called Wat Leng Nui Yee until King Rama V changed it to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (which means Dragon Lotus Temple).

You enter via a decorative passageway from Charoenkrung Road and into a large courtyard. The low-lying temple complex within is decorated in typical Chinese style, intricately carved dragons and other familiar motifs throughout. Inside the various rooms are altars to Buddha as well as Taoist deities. Explore its passages and you'll find a small cloister with cases of gilded Buddha images in the double 'abhaya mudra', or 'Buddha teaches reason' position.
Address: Charoenkrung Road, Chinatown 

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Charoenkrung Road, Chinatown
How to get there: From the pier, walk up Ratchawong road to Charoen Krung, turn right and Wat Mangkol Kamalawat will be on your left a little more than one block down

Wat Traimit – The Temple of the Golden Buddha

At first glance, the three-metre high Buddha image looks rather average and undeserving of the busloads of tourists that flock here every day. The big attraction is the remarkable fact that it's made of 5.5 tonnes of solid gold, with an equally fascinating story behind it.

In 1957 a large stucco Buddha image was being moved by crane during development of a port. To the horror and shock of everyone, the crane operator accidentally dropped the image, sending it crashing towards the ground. Instead of smashing, the stucco covering merely cracked, and in the process revealed the solid gold image hidden underneath. It is thought to have been covered like this during the early Ayuthaya or Sukhothai periods to protect it from the invading Burmese. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Address: Traimit Rd., Chinatown (west of Hua Lampong Station, just west of the intersection of Krung Kasem and Rama IV rds.)
How to get there: Walk southwest on Traimit Rd and look for a school on the right with a playground; the wat is up a flight of stairs overlooking the school

 

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