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Ratchadaphisek / Hui Kwang

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The Name Ratchadaphisek, is the area between the Rama 9 Road intersection & Lat Phrao intersection again several large Department stores & a busy commercial area. The Thailand Cultural Centre is here which is a venue consisting of two auditoriums and one outdoor stage and is used for various live performances all year round. The Main Hall is a 2,000-seat auditorium, and is used for stage presentations, concerts and conferences. The Small Hall is a 500-seat multi-purpose auditorium, which is integrated with a 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre. The Social Education and Exhibition Building accommodates a cultural library and the Thai Life Permanent Exhibition. There is also the Japanese Pavilion and the Thai Pavilion.The Chinese Embassy is here, near the Cultural Centre which is why you will find many Chinese here. Built with a grant from Japan, the Thailand Cultural Centre opened on October 9, 1987 as part of celebrations for King Bhumibol's 60th birthday.The venue is located on Ratchadaphisek Road, close to the junction with Tiam Ruammitr  Road, in Huai Khwang district.Carrefour hypermarket, Esplanade Cineplex – A five-story shopping mall and entertainment complex, anchored by a 13-screen multiplex cinema operated by Major Cineplex. It opened in December 2006. JUSCO Department Store, Robinson Department Store, Siam Naramit – A Thai traditional dance theatre and cultural theme park are all around this part of Bangkok.

Old Town / Chinatown.

This area was first established over 200 years ago. Here are located the Grand Place  & The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.The town was formally surround by walls, but now only a few sections are preserved as historic sites. China Town is situated just to the southeast of the old town. The Gold shop street named Yaowarat is lined with many gold retailers & are busy all the time.Chinatown is an old business centre covering a large area around Yaowarat and Charoen Krung Road. There are many small streets and alleys full of shops and vendors selling all types of goods. It has been the main centre for trading by the Chinese community since they moved from their old site some 200 years ago. Nearby Phahurat or Indian market is a very busy area. It is a nightmare for trying to move along to see all the different stalls but it is enjoyable. Yaowarat Road is also famous for many varieties of delicious foods in particular Chinese food - of course. It was set up by Chinese traders who came in junks to trade with Thailand (Siam) during the Rattanakosin period, about 1700’s. By the end of 1891, King Rama V had demanded many roads be built, and Yaowarat Road is one of them. Chinatown does not consist of only Yaowarat Road, but also includes others such as: Charoen Krung Road, Mungkorn Road, Songwat Road, Songsawat Road, Chakkrawat Road, etc. Visitors can find leading gold shops, garments, textiles, stationary, souvenirs, second-hand parts and equipment, electric goods, computer parts, antiques, imported musical instruments, and local delicacies at a bargain, often at wholesale prices.

Bangkok Page 16, Sukhumvit, New Phetburi, On Nut area's Ratchada area of Bangkok page 17a, Thailand, pictures

Ratchadaphisek, Hui Kwang, China Town, Bangkok.

Ratchada area of Bangkok page 17a, Thailand, pictures