One of the liveliest attractions in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is Chinatown. This vibrant street goes from Odeon Circle through Yaowarat Road, and features plenty of hanging neon signs as well as endless traffic. However, the real charm of Bangkok’s Chinatown is its endless stream of street food, goldsmith shops and temples. You’ll be drawn in to its complex of small alleys that reveal fascinating finds at every turn.
Exploring Chinatown should definitely be a part of your itinerary when visiting Bangkok, and here are the top 5 attractions you’ll find there:
Wat Mangkol Kamalawat
The name of this temple means Dragon Lotus. One of the largest temples in this area, it caters to worshipers of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian faiths. The temple is almost 150 years old and a perfect example of temple architecture from that era. During the Lunar New Year, it comes alive with various activities, which give perfect opportunities for photographers to document.
This enclave of shops located off the main road is a haven for bargain hunters, as it comprises of many shops lining narrow walkways. You’ll be able to find almost anything here, from pots and pans, to clothing and footwear. Best of all, you’ll be able to bargain for the lowest prices. Sampeng Lane is arguably the most affordable place to shop in Bangkok.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s busy traffic and crowded streets at this park at the eastern part of Chinatown. In the evenings, you’ll see many people taking walks and exercising in its spacious field. Romaneenart Park was built on the site of an old jail. As part of the park’s landscape, some of the prison walls, complete with a guard tower, still stand.
Enjoy a traditional masked dance performance called Khon at this 80 year old theater which is a heritage building built in the 1930s. It has since ceased showing films but much of the period architecture and fittings still survive to create a nostalgic feeling for visitors.
Visitors to this temple, one of the three biggest monasteries in Bangkok, will be surprised to find that it is home to some crocodiles! These large and dangerous creatures are rumored to have killed several monks in the past. So to prevent more deaths, they were caught and are still kept here.
There are many more things to do in Chinatown Bangkok, so head on down there if you’re ever in the city. You’ll be sure to encounter new sights and sounds that will captivate and enthrall you.