What to do in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat Road is located in Samphanthawong, Bangkok. It is one of the areas that are worth visiting for tourists. It is a trading place of Chinese and Thai-Chinese community; you will see many shops or stalls lining along the streets and alleys. If you plan to visit Bangkok’s Chinatown, here is the list of what to do/ see in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Visit Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit is a Thai temple located at the very beginning of Chinatown, before the Chinatown gate. Many people visit this temple in order to see the Golden Buddha. In the temple, there are 2 exhibitions that are worth visiting. You can learn the history of Bangkok’s Chinatown from ‘Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center’ exhibition and can learn the history of the Golden Buddha from ‘Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn’ exhibition.

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Visit Odean Circle

From Wat Traimit, you can walk to Odeon Circle, a huge Chinese-style gate which tells the visitors that you are about to enter Chinatown. Around the gates, there are 2 lion statues and one rabbit statues making from white jade that was sent from China. Many people visit the circle to make a wish.


Visit Wat Leng Noei Yi or Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

Wat Leng Noei Yi is the most sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. This temple is located on Charoenkrung Road which is considered as a part of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The temple is not that big, but many Thai-Chinese people go to this temple all year long. The temple is crowded during Chinese New Year.

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Shop at Sampeng Market

Sampeng Market or Sampeng Lane is one of the most popular wholesale markets in Bangkok. The market is located in a narrow, but long alley. It sells several kinds of products such as fashion bags, shoes, accessories, stationeries, souvenirs, cosmetics, and so on.

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Try Street Food

Bangkok’s Chinatown is well-known for delicious street food. During the day, you can find stalls selling foods, but the area becomes livelier in the evening. If you want to go there for the food, I do recommend going in the evening. You can wander from one stall to another and have fun trying the food.

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