The sight and sound of construction brings eyesores and promises. Chinatown, one of the Bangkok's oldest neighbourhoods, is undergoing a significant transformation, and for those who make a trip there during the Chinese New Year festival, which begins today, the old-school charm and the signs of progress are dual pulls to the city's famous quarters.
Most buildings in Yaowarat area are over a century old and unchanged by urbanisation.
The expansion of BTS and MRT lines often bring drastic changes to areas surrounding new stations. As soon as a new station is announced, dozens of condominiums and office buildings pop up, along with community malls and department stores. But Chinatown has been extraordinarily immune to such urbanisation.
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