Yaowarat – China Town is termed as the central destination of Chinatown in Bangkok city. It is also one of the oldest roads in the city that was built back in 1782 by King Rama V. The main purpose of building the road was to connect the capital city to the Chao Phyra River on the eastern side. This place was used to be the residence of many of the Chinese immigrants however it is now the Grand Palace. All those immigrants are located only two kilometers away at a strip of land.
If you want to enjoy the rich culture of Chinese then you must pay a visit to the Chinatown. There are a number of fresh immigrants residing nearby who belong to China. The Chinatown is surrounded by famous places all around which includes Phadung Krung Kasem Canal in the east and the Ong Ang Canal in the west. In the northern region of Chinatown lies the Liang road and to the south is Chao Phraya River.
You will definitely be enchanted to view the colorful and bright entrance of the Chinatown. The streets all around are usually crowded with tourists as well as local people. You can also enjoy the beautiful sight of the popular Chinese mythical dragon that is located at the Odean Gate. To a small distance from the main entrance to the road is the Wat Traimit. It is an island where there is a quite huge arched gate of Chinese. It was built back in 1999 on the occasion of 72nd birthday of the King Bhumipol. He is the present king of Thailand. It is at this point where the Yaowarat Road starts. The ideal way to travel and explore the streets of Chinatown is by walk.
Apart from the Yaowarat Road you can also visit the Rachawong Road in Chinatown. There are a number of famous tourist’s attractions along both these roads. You will find either Chinese or Thai language written sign boards everywhere around Chinatown.
Chinatown is a perfect shopping destination where you can find a variety of products within reasonable prices provided you possess skills to bargain on the prices. Chinatown is often termed as the goldmine for shopaholics. Chinatown also features a number of shops selling gold. You will also find a variety of Chinese shops selling their traditional herbal medicines which includes many colorful dried mushrooms glass jars, dried seahorses, fish, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and many other such things that are used to cure various diseases in Chinese culture. Other than this there are shops selling lotteries, calendars and many other traditional products. You will find restaurants there selling bird nest soups and shark fin.
Your visit to Chinatown will surely leave a memorable experience for you where you can enjoy Chinese culture. At these streets you will also experience parties, festivities, dances, performances, fairs and much more during festive season. Lion dance is one of the most popular one among tourists. All these and lot more is there to explore at Yaowarat Road.
Around one kilometer distance from the Yaowarat Road is the Ratchawong Road. There you will find shops selling delicious fried snacks as well as roasted nuts. The road is quite narrow and you will find it busy all around the day and night.
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