Notes on the Geography of Thailand: Bangkok: Photo 10
Although Bangkok recreated Ayutthaya in a new location, Chinese influence was strong. King Taksin, Rama I's predecessor and the man responsible for moving the Thai capital down-river from Ayutthaya, had been half-Chinese. He had encouraged Chinese to settle in Bangkok--the flow wasn't checked until 1929--and they clustered primarily in Sampheng, Bangkok's Chinatown. Trade with China has been a staple of Bangkok ever since. Here, a Chinese camel at Wat Po.
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