4 Must See Attractions in Bangkok’s Chinatown
Chinatown hosts a variety of interesting attractions, not least of all its many lovely buildings and impressive architecture. There are numerous restaurants and shops of all kinds throughout the area. The main streets are Thanon Yaowarat and Thanon Charoen Krung. Although it is very large, there are many great walking opportunities in Chinatown, making it easy to explore all that it has to offer.
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
This large Buddhist temple is home to many festivals throughout the year. The Chinese New Year is the most popular and interesting of these occasions. Within the temple you will find many works of art as well as shrines, including Confucian and Taoist shrines. Also called the Dragon Lotus Temple, this wat on Charoenkrung Road offers visitors the chance to not only appreciate Chinese-Buddhist culture but also to view gorgeous architecture and décor. There are beautiful carvings throughout the temple, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not from the intersection of Rama IV Road and Krung Kasem Road, the Wat Traimit is home to the amazing Golden Buddha. Three meters in height, this is a solid gold statue that weighs over five tons. Even more impressive than the statue is its history – once covered in stucco to protect it from enemies, the fact that it was gold was actually forgotten until it was accidentally dropped in the 1950s! Since the stucco was broken to reveal its true nature, this statue has attracted visitors from around the world. The temple is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saphanthawong Museum tells the story of the many Chinese who came to Bangkok long ago. It is quite interesting to anyone who cares about the culture and history of Bangkok. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sampeng Lane and Pahurat Textile Market
There are a number of interesting stores located along Sampeng Lane, as well as sois. After traveling the length of Sampeng to Chakraphet Road, you will read Pahurat. Here you will find an impressive textile market as well as some interesting views of street life, including the numerous workers who travel impressive loads of goods through the roads. There are many shops to explore in this area of Chinatown. Most are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.