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Bangkok's Chinatown

Yes, even Bangkok has a heart. It can be found between the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya and the railway line, encompassing the original royal palace, the older temples and Pahurat and Sampeng, the Indian and Chinese districts. Only on foot can Sampeng really be savoured, in spite of manholes and motorcyclists.

In the words of a popular guidebook, Sampeng is ... a confusing and crowded array of jewellery, hardware, wholesale food, automotive and fabric shops. If Yaowaraj and Ratchawong Roads are the spine of a piscine Chinatown then the fine herringbones are the sois and troks, the alleys and lanes. Beyond Chakrapet Road lies Pahurat, whose alleyways are crowded cheek by jowl with a Sikh temple and the fabric shops of Indian merchants.

Most images were taken with Nikon D200 or D70 in RAW format, earlier ones scanned from 35mm transparency. More images of the Mahachai railway.

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Schoolyard near Wat Trimitr,  temple of the Golden Buddha
Schoolyard near Wat Trimitr, temple of the Golden Buddha
Traditional shophouse facade
Traditional shophouse facade
Crowded alleys off Yaowaraj Road
Crowded alleys off Yaowaraj Road
Yaowaraj Road, a busy artery
Yaowaraj Road, a busy artery
Workshops in crowded alleys...
Workshops in crowded alleys...
Chinese shrine
Chinese shrine
Busy laneways
Busy laneways
Chinese characters identify a clan meeting house (?)
Chinese characters identify a clan meeting house (?)
Peeling public notice
Peeling public notice
Selling durian, the notoriously odiferous tropical fruit
Selling durian, the notoriously odiferous tropical fruit
Smorgasbord of Chinese food
Smorgasbord of Chinese food
Chinese Buddhist monks
Chinese Buddhist monks
Storefront selling herbal tonics
Storefront selling herbal tonics
Storefront selling herbal tonics
Storefront selling herbal tonics
Baked yam snacks for sale
Baked yam snacks for sale
Selling apples
Selling apples