Charoen Krung Road
(Thai: Thanon Charoen Krung
) is a major road in Bangkok Thailand
. Its name means New Road, but far from that, it is in fact one of the oldest roads in the city. Following the curve of the Chao Phraya River
, it starts from the t-junction with Sanam Chai Road in Rattanakosin, and ends at Rama III Road.
Charoen Krung Road was built in 1861 by King Rama V (King Mongkut). Although it is one of the oldest road in Bangkok, its name "Charoen Krung" actually means "new" road. It starts at the Sanam Chai roundabout at Rattanakosin
, near Wat Phra Chetuphon (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
, and makes a curve southwards, passing through Pahurat and Chinatown
for a distance of over 8 kilometers. At the Mittraphan Road intersection, Charoen Krung Road makes a bend towards the south where Rama IV Road
begins. Charoen Krung Road continues on south to end at Rama III Road.
Charoen Krung Road started as an elephant trail, and later became the first paved highway in the Bangkok. There was a tramline that followed Charoen Krung Road and was in use from 1892 until 1965.
Today, numerous roads form junctions with it, including Rachini Alley, Atsadang Road, Fuang Nakhon Road, Ti Thong Road, Tri Phet Road, Unakan Road, Burapha Road, Soi Sam Yot, Maha Chai Road, Boriphat Road, Worachak Road, Maha Chak Road, Ratchawong Road, Phlap Phla Chai Road, Mittraphan Road, Rama IV Road, Lamphun Chai, Kalan Tan Alley, Tri Mit Road, Chinatown Gate, Khao Lam Road, Song Wat Road, Nakhon Kasem Road Soi 5, Yotha Road, Rong Nam Khaeng Road Soi 1, Mahaphuruttharam Road, Si Phraya Road, Surawong Road, Silom Road, Si Wiang, Charoen Wiang Road, N. Sathon Road, Sathon Tai Road, and Tok Road, not to mention over a hundred Charoen Krung Road "soi" or alleys.
Map of Charoen Krung Road
Charoen Krung Road on Google Street View
Old building at the junction of Charoen Krung Road and Khao Lam Road in the Bangkok Chinatown.
(29 August, 2006)
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