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Chinatowns around the World

Chinatowns were found when Chinese started to travel and settle down in foreign land. Chinatowns are sometimes designated areas for Chinese communities by the host country. The area started to have Chinese charteristics when building are built with some form of Chinese architectural, location for chinese festivals events and a high concentration of Chinese. One of the common feature of Chinatown is the archways at the entrances. Chinatowna is also the source of good chinese food and goods.

Below is the list of 9 Chinatowns around the World.

Southeast Asia:
North Asia:

Singapore Chinatown

Region:
Southeast Asia

Singapore Chinatown The Majestic Theatre, Outram

The Chinatown was formed when the British Colonial Goverment desginated the area for Chinese settlement in the 1822 Master Town Plan. The area is now a tourist attraction and Chinese festive events are held annually.

District:

City: Singapore

Singapore Chinatwon Former Ee Hoe Hean Club, Outram





Singapore Chinatown Pre War Shop Houses, Outram





Singapore Chinatown People's Park, Outram

Singapore Chinatown Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Outram

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Chinese New Year

Singapore Chinatown during Mid Autumn Festival

Singapore Chinatown during Mid Autumn Festival

Singapore Chinatown during Mid Autumn Festival

Singapore Chinatown during Mid Autumn Festival

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

Region:
Southeast Asia

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Petaling Street

Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. The Chinatown area started to develop from the 1820s when Chinese merchants built residence and large number of Chinese came to work as miners in the nearby tin mines.

Malaysia Penang Chinatown

Region:
Southeast Asia

Malaysia Penang Chinatown Chung Shan Wooi Koon

The Chinese population in Penang grew after the British took control of the island from 1786. As traade grew, more Chinese came to work as coolies or to trade. Overtime, the Chinatown was formed and expanded. This is one of the few Chinatown that is part of the World Heritage Site.

Sun Wui Wui Koon





Hainan Association & Temple





Ciji Temple





Yap Kongsi





Yeng Keng Hotel & Gateway





Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion





Ta Kam Hong





Han Jiang Ancestral Temple





Ng Fook Tong





Nam Hooi Association





King Street Tua Pek Kong Temple





Myanmar Yangon Chinatown

Region:
Southeast Asia

Myanmar Yangon Chinatown

Yangon's Chinatown was formed when the British Colonial Goverment desginated the area for Chinese settlement in the 1850.



City: Yangon City

Region: Myanmar Yangon Region

Yangon Chinatown



Yangon Chinatown Chinese Temple



Philipines Manila Chinatown

Region:
Southeast Asia

Philipines Manila Chinatown

This Chinatown is the oldest in the world. It was established by the Spaniards in 1594.



City: Manila

District: Binondo

Philipines Manila Chinatown

Thailand Bangkok Chinatown

Region:
North Asia

Bangkok Chinatown China Gate

Bangkok's Chinatown was founded in 1782 when King Taksin established the Thonburi Kingdom with the capital at Bangkok. King Taksin enlisted the Teochew Chinese to supply rice and food to the new capital and granted land for the Chinese community. It is one of the largest in the world.

The China Gate was built in 1999 to signify the chinese community's royalty to King Bhumibol of Thaiand.

City: Bangkok

District: Samphanthawong

Bangkok Chinatown Kuan Yim Shrine / Thian Fa Foundation

The foundation was founded by chinese immigrants in 1902 to give medical treatment to the poor. It has a Kuan Yim statue carved from teawood during the Song dynasty.



Bangkok Main street of Chinatown





Bangkok Main street of Chinatown





Bangkok Chinatown Zhongshan Street





Bangkok Chinatown Birdnest and Sharkfins shop





Bangkok Bangkok Chinatown Sharkfin





Bangkok Chinatown Food





Bangkok Chinatown Food





Japan Kobe Chinatown

Region:
North Asia

Kobe Chinatown

Chinese developed the Chinatown after arriving in Kobe when the port was open to foreigners in 1868. It is known as Nanjing Town or Nankin-machi as most of the Chinese were from Nanjing City. It now has the largest Chinese community in Kansai region.



City: Kobe

Prefecture: Hyogo

Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Chinatown is also a major tourist attraction in Kobe.

Japan Yokohama Chinatown

Region:
East Asia

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown is the largest in Japan and Asia. The Chinatown was founded in 1859 after the city opened up for foreign trading.

City:Yokohama

Prefecture: Kanagawa

Yokohama Chinatown Tianhou Temple

The temple was opened on 17 Feb 2006. It was built by the Chinatown community with donations from all over Japan.

Yokohama Chinatown Guandi Temple

The temple was established soon after the founding of the Chinatown and is an important landmark in Chinatown.

South Korea Icheon Chinatown

Region:
East Asia

Icheon Chinatown

South Korea's only offical Chinatown was formed when Chinese started to arrive in Incheon after its port opening in 1883.

City:Icheon

Icheon Chinatown

The Chinatown has many popular Chinese resturants.

Icheon Chinatown

The 2nd or 3rd generations of the early Chinese settlers still stay in the Chiantown.

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