Charoen Krung Road
Charoen Krung (ถนนเจริญกรุง, Thanon Charoen Krung)) is a major road in Bangkok that runs roughly parallel to the Chao Phraya river. Part of it is considered Chinatown along with Yaowarat Road, part of it is closest major road to Phahurat (Little India), its northern terminus is the Grand Palace, it runs through Nakhon Kasem (Thieves Market) and Khlong Thom Market (low cost electronics). Bangkok's oldest theatre, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre, as well as Bangkok's Central Post office, and State Tower are on the road. South of Taksin Bridge is mostly residential except for the Wat Yan Nawa.
The following is a list of named sois (sidestreets) on the road:
- Charoen Krung 72/5 (Soi Susan Farang) (เจริญกรุง 72/5 (ซอยสุสานฝรั่ง))
- Charoen Krung 85 (Soi Ban Mai) (เจริญกรุง 85 (ซอยบ้านใหม่))
- Charoen Krung 107 (Soi Pradu 1) (เจริญกรุง 107 (ซอยประดู่ 1))
On August 19, 1861, the foreign community in Bangkok requested that H.M. King Mongkut (Rama 4) build a new road on the east side of the river behind the consulates and businesses. The king was pleased with the idea and ordered construction of the road, which was officially opened to traffic on March 16, 1864. The road was originally called "New Road" but was later renamed "Charoen Krung."
- G.B. McFarland, "Historical Sketch of Protestant Missions in Siam 1828-1928" Bangkok: White Lotus Press, 1999, p.62.
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