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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10 Wild Sights in Chinatown

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Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit

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Sampeng Lane Market

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Sala Chalermkrung Theatre

Sala Chalermkrung Theatre

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All Attractions in Chinatown

China Gate

An ornate ceremonial gate is a familiar sight in Chinese enclaves throughout the world, and considering Bangkok is home to the world’s largest Chinatown, the China Gate at the western entrance to the area is suitably impressive. Built in 1999, the huge gate is actually called the King’s Birthday Celebration Arch, signifying the loyalty of the Chinese community to King Bhumibol of Thailand. It was opened in time to celebrate the king’s 60th birthday on the throne. The China Gate in Bangkok sits in the middle of a large traffic island from which Yaowarat Road, the main body of Chinatown, runs parallel with the river. It makes a great background image to a photo.

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Grand China Princess Rooftop

For less than 100 baht, the cost of a drink including a draft beer at 75 baht only, get a surprising panoramic view of Chinatown and beyond, all the way to the Chao Phraya river. It takes about two hours for Sky View 360˙restaurant to complete a full round and you barely notice any movement. The restaurant serves also Thai, European, Japanese and Chinese with old fashioned waiters and waitresses with a live piano backgrond music. This viewpoint is not very well known and is a great place to take an air conditioned break any time past 17:00 after a tiring exploration of busy Chinatown.

  • Opening Hours: Show Times: Thursday and Friday from 19:30
  • Location: Charoen Krung Road next to Old Siam Plaza
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Romaneenart Park

Romaneenart Park is located on the eastern edge of Chinatown and offers respite from the dizzying traffic of Yaowarat Road. Here you can see people jogging, working out and practicing Chinese fan dancing (called lam pat in Thai). There is a large expanse of grass and many squirrels jumping from tree to tree. Built on the site of the old city jail, Romaneenart Park retains one wall and some of the old guard towers as part of the park's architectural features, in addition to the neo-classical buildings in the style of King Rama V period. A large number of fountains help keep the park cool in the middle of the big city.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00 (Closed on weekends)
  • Location: Romaninart Park
  • Price Range: Free
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Sala Chalermkrung Khon Theatre Bangkok

Sala Chalermkrung is a legendary theatre in the heart of Bangkok that hosts elaborate performances of the traditional Thai masked danced, Khon, based on the Ramayana Epic.

Established in 1933, Sala Chalermkrung was originally a cinema until it became the home of classical Thai dance that it is today and one of the oldest theatres in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Thu and Fri only at 19:30
  • Address: 66 Chalermkrung Road, Sala Chalermkrung, Chinatown
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 222 0434
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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)
  • Location: Chakraphek Road and Sampleng Lane, Chinatown
  • How to get there: Running parallel south of Yaowarat (the main street) walk south along Sampeng Lane.
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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
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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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Location: 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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Yaowarat at Night

At night, Yaowarat Road – the high street of Bangkok’s Chinatown – transforms into one of the greatest street food locations in the world. Locals and visitors can be seen all along the main thoroughfare sampling their way through all that there is to offer, turning dinner into an evening of exploration. It can be confusing Read More...

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