Klong Ong Ang Walking Street in Bangkok’s bustling Chinatown district recently reopened much to the delight of locals and visitors. Bangkok’s newest Walking Street makes exploring the Old City and Chinatown neighborhood easier than ever. The Walking Street stretches 1.5 km along both sides of a beautified section of the canal Klong Ong Ang between Damrong Sathit Bridge and Saphan Han Bridge.
Klong Ong Ang has a long history. It was constructed in the 1780s by King Rama I soon after the establishment of Bangkok as the new capital and in its early days was a bustling lifeline of trade and travel. The name Ong Ang actually means pottery.
The renovation project was awarded the 2020 Asian Townscape Awards from the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The restoration and beautification project saw this area transformed from a crowded enclave of hawker stalls and a polluted waterway into a charming urban recreational area.