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Sampeng Market, Bangkok

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Bangkok's Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It was founded in 1782 when the city was established as the capital of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, and served as the home of the mainly Teochew immigrant Chinese population, who soon became the city's dominant ethnic group. Originally centred around Sampheng, the core of Chinatown now lies along Yaowarat Road, which serves as its main artery and sometimes lends its name to the entire area, which is often referred to as Yaowarat (เยาวราช). Chinatown's entire area is roughly coterminous with Samphanthawong District, and includes neighbourhoods such as Song Wat and Talat Noi along the Chao Phraya River, and Charoen Chai, Khlong Thom and Nakhon Khasem along Charoen Krung Road.Originally a wilderness area outside the city walls, Chinatown grew to become Bangkok's commercial hub throughout the late 19th to early 20th centuries, but has since declined in prominence as commercial activity moved elsewhere following the city's expansion. It now serves as a hub of Chinese culture, with numerous shops selling traditional goods, and is especially known as a gastronomic destination.
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  • ... Pheng (SOI 1, to promote) a retail-returns-name of Thailand. Commercial buildings and small and large trade panel lined both sides of the alley-SOI. Parallel to the road through Dragon Street Dynasty Street Bridge Road area, overlapping Empires facing bracelet and Wang Burapha.-because there is a parallel with the sampheng area Yaowarat road. Route on foot from railwaystation sampeng district, makes sightseeing is to continuously. Where there is SOI Yaowarat road corridor to Pheng. Several youth from SOI SOI. namely the Panich (Indent SOI convert behalf) on Yaowarat road inside SOI restaurant China famous cake shop in the temple. Wholesale women's shoes shops a variety of toy design. Burner and insert in the food trade district., SOI Yaowarat. 11 (SOI Israel approval.) The old Interior ...
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  • Went to this market on a slightly rainy day. Its not one single market but many small alleys and lanes on both sides of the main road form this area known as Sampeng market. There is a wide variety of...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite markets in Bangkok. You may also hear it referred to as “Yaowarat”. I’ve been living in Bangkok for quite awhile now and this market always leaves me wanting more. It’s such...  more »

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