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Yaowarat

Yaowarat

Bangkok's Chinatown is located on Yaowarat Road in the Samphantawong district. The Chinatown is an old business centre covering a large area around Yaowarat and charoen krung Roads. There are many small streets and alleys full of shops and vendors selling all types of goods. It has been the main centre of commerce for the Chinese community since they moved from their old site some 200 year ago. Nearby Phahurat, or the Indian market, is one of the city’s renowned cloth centres. Chinatown is located in one of the oldrest areas of Bangkok. By the end of 1891 , King Rama V had cut many roads, including Yaowarat Road. Chinatown doesn’t consist only of Yaowarat Road, but also covers other areas such as: Charoen Krung Road Songwat Road, Songsawat Road and Chakkrawat Road. Yaowarat is the centre of area. The path of the road is like the dragon’s curvy body, making it an ideal location for business. Yaowarat has 22 chinese temples, some with a history of almost one hundred years. Visitors can find textiles, garments, souvenirs, second- hand parts and equipment, electric goods, computer parts, antiques, imported musical instruments, local delicacies, and leading gold shops here, Due to the numerous gold shops, the road is called “The Road of Gold”, 2003 was the 111th anniversary of this legendary road.