Teochew Chinese Cemetery

Teochew Chinese Cemetery, Bangkok

Teochew Chinese Cemetery
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The area
Neighborhood: Thung Wat Don
How to get there
  • Surasak • 8 min walk

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Qandrew
Bangkok, Thailand14 contributions
A Huge and Unexpected Oasis in the Centre of Bangkok
Dec 2019
Stumbled upon this huge 40 acre "park" which has overgrown a 120 year-old Chinese cemetery while out on a recent bike ride. It looks like just another Chinese community centre at first with some green area and outdoor exercise equipment, but cycling past the jogging route entrance, the path leads deeper into the property to a point where you forget you are in a city and there's green grass and trees for as far as you can see. We spent about 45 minutes cycling around the various paths but when we came back out around 3:00 pm, chains were put across the entrance and it seems they restrict bicycles in the afternoon an evening when the place fills up with joggers.
Written December 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stefanie C
Silom, Thailand64 contributions
Quiet oasis in the city
Nov 2019 • Couples
The old Chinese cemetery is big. A few ornate shrines and plenty of sporting areas make this a unique cemetery to visit. The forest is literally growing on and around the tombs. It’s really a nice green space in the city. Avoid the surrounding water basin around the southern edges of the cemetery the water smells pretty bad and mosquitos are enormous. Nice place to walk and chill. Plenty of spots to sit, relax and just be.
For a special treat visit the Muslim cemetery to the north of the Chinese cemetery too... but try and plan being there at noon to enjoy the call to prayer echoing from the mosque next door. The
Acoustics are amazing.
It’s beautifully serene.

Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TJim60
354 contributions
Surprising "Find" Near the Sathon Central Business District
Mar 2018 • Couples
Like others who have written reviews, we came across this site by chance.

One day while "free" exploring in Bangkok (no destination in mind), we decided to walk along a khlong across the street (Charoenkrung Road) from Wat Yannawa. We had an interesting walk and eventually came to a major street (Charoen Rat Road) underneath an expressway overpass. Looked like the end of our adventure until we noticed a large Chinese style gate across Charoen Rat Road.

What we found was this remarkable site.

A former cemetery turned into a public park with a focus on athletics and exercise. Come on a typical day and you'll see walkers, joggers, people using exercise machines (provided by the park similar to those at Lumpini Park), and folks picnicking or eating at the restaurants in the park.

The park is quite large. The cemetery dates back over 110 years. By the end of he last century it was in disrepair. So the city stepped in to transform it into a public park while still maintaining the graves.

A very pleasant oasis in the midst of the city. There's a tree-lined wide walkway between two sections of graves. As well as some Chinese style pavilions and another gate at the far end of the park.

The size of the park, the number of graves some of which are elaborate indicate the size and wealth of the Teochew who immigrated to Bangkok. Originally from North Central China, the Teochew migrated first to Guangdong (Chaosan region) and from there elsewhere in SE Asia. Singapore and Thailand have fairly large concentrations. The Teochew speak a dialect that retains some very old characteristics of Mandarin and so are linguistically important for that reason.

You can get a further sense of this community's extent even today by taking a walk on Charoenkrung Road towards Asiatique. This is away from Yaowaraat (Bangkok's "Chinatown"). You'll notice the two-storey shop houses typical of Chinese merchants --many of which still have Chinese and Thai signage.

You'll see small red ancestor shrines on the floors also typical Chinese in many of the shops. And a Thai Chinese Business Association almost at Soi 70.

The Chinese shrines (non Buddhist). Exit the Krungthep Wing of the Shangri La Hotel and you'll see you first temple.

Turn right on Charoenkrung, pass under the Taksin Bridge (Saphaan Taksin- named after the first king of Thailand after Ayuthaya, not the former Prime Minister). Right after the park, you'll see another shrine.

Walk further down Charoenkrung and you'll see another shrine Mee Tubtim (between Sois 63 and 60) on the opposite side of the street.
Written May 3, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JRP-Bkk
Bangkok, Thailand1,589 contributions
A slightly off the beaten track curiosity
Aug 2017 • Solo
I had always wondered what was the large green area in one of Bangkok's must populated areas so I went to have a look .Teo Chew Chinese cemetery covers about 100 Rai , just over 30 acres , 16 hectares . It doubles as a public park with a covered gym and to my surprise outdoor karaoke machines ! Maybe this is the one place where the majority of the audience won't complain how bad your singing is !
The cemetery is now reasonably well maintained and a lot of the undergrowth and scrub has been cut back .
It's an area of peace and quite in one of the busiest areas of Bangkok .
I couldn't say it's a must visit just a quirky place to see .
The entrance is at the T junction of Soi Wat Prok , Rong Nam Kaeng 5 and Soi Charoenrat 3 .

Written August 13, 2017
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Lester C
14 contributions
Pleasantly suprised
Nov 2016 • Solo
Visited the graveyard yesterday and like the the title says, Pleasantly surprised.
There's an open air gym, coffeshop, basketball court and a couple doing karaoke to name but a few
Lots of locals doing there daily exercise.
Would pick this place over Lumphini Park every time
Written November 21, 2016
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Karlosky
London, UK106 contributions
Interesting and peaceful
Nov 2015 • Solo
DO NOT FOLLOW THE MAP ON TRIPADVISOR! IT"S INCORRECT! Take a look at my photos for the name of the soi and a map.

It took a while to find (thanks for that TripAdvisor lol), but it was totally worth it once I got there. It's a cemetery and a rather nice public park. A lot of people use it for fitness, so there were people using the public gym and others gently jogging around. There's a cute little coffee and also one or two people selling snacks and refreshments.

If you don't have much time in Bangkok, then I wouldn't put it too highly on your list of things to see and do, but if you have a spare couple of hours then I would recommend that you take a nice stroll around the cemetery and park.
Written November 8, 2015
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Biggie914
Ubud, Indonesia69 contributions
Something you'll never see in any tour or many books! Not sure if same cemetery I went to but a must for photos.
Apr 2014 • Solo
I was taking the silom bts line and I noticed between the stops of saladang and Chong nosi a awesome cemetery below the train. I think rt side in direction above and left side opposite direction.

I ended up staying at the W hotel and it's about 1/4 mike walk from hotel on silom road and soi 9. When you exit W go left to stair case leading to sky train. Continue in same deprecation you exit stairs so you can cross over the intersection and exit the staircase on the left leading you to the opposite corner. Continue pass mcdonalds which should be in your right. You'll also pass a bunch of food vendors. A good 5-8 min walk and you hit silom road...hook a left. Walk a few short blocks to soi 9 and another left about 75 yards. Pass more food stalls on your left hand side before you get there.

Be warned a lot of stray dogs and one didn't like me in there trying to get photos.
Written May 2, 2014
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Roman J
Bangkok, Thailand387 contributions
Charming and green oasis
Oct 2013 • Couples
I love Tio Chew Chinese Cemetery as this place opens it's own universe within buzzing and and gray Bangkok. This place isn't as clean and sterile as Lumpini Park but has definitely much more spirit and soul. You can dive in this cosmos walking thru the Chinese Grave Yards, watching the elder making their exercises, youngsters playing Sepak Takraw (kind volley ball played with foot) or simple enjoying the calm atmosphere. I come here regularly for my work out as this place is miles away from crowded and fancy Lumpini with great opportunity to interact with Bangkok's Chinese Community. Next door there's another Buddhist Monastery founded by Sri Lanka Monks with nice architecture and down the road you find as another Hindu Temple. The place isn't that easy to find so follow Sathorn road and turn right before junction Elevator Toll Way. After approx 1 km you see a green sign leading you to Wat Prok. It's also great place to make amazing photographs.
Written October 5, 2013
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