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Yaowarat (Chinatown) [Pier N5]

Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong district is home to Bangkok's Chinatown, which is centred on Sam Pheng Lane Chinatown's Sam Peng Market is an old business centre noted for a post-WW II visit by the young king Ananda Mahidol. Modern Chinatown now covers a large area around Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Road.

One of the world's oldest, biggest and best-preserved Chinatowns occupies the swathe of riverside between Phra Nakorn and the Old Farang Quarter. It may seem like a quaint enclave, but before Bangkok sprawled, this was the hub of Thai commerce, shopping and pop culture. The neighbourhoods remain maze-like because no one can gather enough land to redevelop, though the planned MRT subway extension may change this living museum. Bangkok may be the capital, but it has never been a quintessentially Thai town. Chinatown embodies how Sino-Thais have shaped this city, both economically and physically, from market to shophouse to mall.

Chinatown is located in one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. It represents the resettlement of Chinese on the Western bank of Chao Phraya river after Rama I moved the capital of the kingdom from Thonburi to Rattanakosin.

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