Ratchawong road in the part between Suea Pa and Ratchawong intersections (white building is Grand China Hotel)
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Ratchawong Road (Thai: ถนนราชวงศ์, ; lit: dynasty road) is a road in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the area of Bangkok's Chinatown. It starts from Suea Pa intersection toward southeast and meets with Yaowarat road at Ratchawong intersection where it bends to the south as far as the end of the Ratchawong pier (N5), the ferry pier to Tha Din Daeng in Thonburi side and Chao Phraya Express Boat service. Its lengths 600 m.
Ratchawong intersection (the second intersection of Yaowarat road) is next to Chaloem Buri intersection. Yaowarat road in this phase heading to Wat Tuek intersection.
This road was built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). It is a very important road to trade. Ratchawong pier is a domestic passenger ships and cargo ships travel to Chantaburi, Chonburi and Surat Thani. Ratchawong road is home to a large number of offices and shophouses's foreign merchants including Chinese, Westerners and Muslims.
Apart from Ratchawong intersection, it is connected to shopping district Sampheng. It is the beginning of Song Wat road, leading to Talat Noi and Sieng Kong neighbourhoods. Song Wat is a historic road and full of old buildings built since the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
Ratchawong road was home to leading Bangkok restaurants. They were popular among the elites in Thai society at that time for dining or socializing. One of these restaurants was used as a planning facility for a group of naval officers involved in the 1932 revolution.
Before the 1960s it was the location of cinema named Nakhon Sanook (นครสนุก) on Yaowarat road. It later housed TMB Bank, Yaowarat Branch.
In early 2016, Ratchawong road ranked as the best pedestrian street of Bangkok from Urban Design and Development Center (UddC) due to the two sides surrounded by trees, full of stalls and shophouses.