Bangkok, Thailand




Phahurat is home to Bangkok's Little India, an Indian neighborhood with many Indian-owned businesses located here. Located nearby Yaowarat (Bangkok's Chinatown), this neighborhood centres around Phahurat Road, which starts immediately west of Sampeng Lane. It is crossed by Chakphet Road and Tri Phet Road, both being major roads that have to cope with the immense traffic coming from the Memorial Bridge.

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The history of the area began in the late 19th century with the construction of Phahurat Road in 1898. King Rama V named the road after his daughter Phahurat Maneemai, in remembrance of her early death at the age of ten. The area used to be an enclave for many Vietnamese immigrants, who had lived here since the reign of King Taksin in the late 18th century. Construction of the road made way for the Indian community to move in and since then has evolved into a neighbourhood with its own South Asian character.

Phahurat Road by Melanochromis

There is not much to see or any interesting sites such as monuments, museums, parks, unique architecture or temples in Phahurat. The only iconic landmark here is the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple, a six-storey Sikh temple constructed in 1932. The temple features a large golden dome and is the second largest Sikh temple outside of India. However, Phahurat is an excellent place for buying Indian fabrics, accessories and the latest Bollywood movies. Furthermore, a visit to the area is not complete without having a taste of some of the best Indian restaurants in Bangkok serving varieties of curry and tandoori dishes.

Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple by Melanochromis

Being nearby the Chao Phraya River, many tourists enter Phahurat on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station is a convenient terminal if arriving from the cities of Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai and many cities in Southern Thailand. Being adjacent to Yaowarat, you get into Phuharat using the same transport services as getting into Yaowarat.
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