Odeon Circle… Bangkok’s Chinatown Gate

Odeon Circle is located at the intersection of Yaowarat Road, Charoen Krung Road, and Traimit Road. At this circle, you will see a huge Chinese-style gate which was built by Thais of Chinese descent as a part of the celebrations of King Rama 9’s 72th anniversary. It is known as a gate to Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat.

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If you walk into the circle and look closer, you will see the Chinese character on the brass tile on the ground which means ‘ground’ and when you look at the ceiling of the arch; you will see the another Chinese character on the brass tile which means ‘sky’. Local people make a wish here by stepping on to the brass tile on the ground, paying respect to the 4 directions, and thinking of the good thing that they want to do. You can do so!

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Around the circle, there are 2 lion statues making from white jade which was sent from China as a part of the celebrations of King Rama 9’s 80th anniversary. The male lion puts his foot on the ball, while the female lion puts her foot on the lion kid. Do not be surprised if you see locals put their wallets into the lion’s mouth. We believe that doing so will bring wealth and you can do so!

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Besides, there is a rabbit statue making from white jade which was sent from China in 2011 as a part of the celebrations of King Rama 9’s 84th anniversary.

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As this year (2015) is the year of goat on the Chinese zodiac, you will see three white jade goat statues which were presented by China’s Ministry of Culture.

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Usually in the afternoon, it is quite hot and I do not see many people here. But at night when the temperature decreases, I always see people coming here, taking photos, and making wishes.

If you are planning to visit Bangkok’s Chinatown, you can read my walking trip in this area here. It might be useful for you!

Update: April, 2015

How to get there: The Odeon Circle is located at the very beginning of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The easiest way to go is to get off MRT Subway at Hua Lamphong station. Then, walk on walk on Mittaphap Thai-China Road for 8 minutes or around 600 meters. You will walk pass Wat Traimit or the temple of Golden Buddha.

Admission fee: Free

Have you ever been to Odeon Circle? Do you like it? Share your experience with me in the comment!

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