Unveiling the History of Khlong Ong Ang: A Timeless Waterway in Bangkok

Once known as Khlong Rop Krung, the roots of Khlong Ong Ang stretch back to the time of Lord Buddha's enlightenment. During the reign of King Rama I, this waterway, bearing different monikers such as Khlong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Saphan Han, meandered alongside the Chao Phraya River, extending its reach to the river itself. Its moniker "Ong Ang" originated from its role as a bustling trading hub for Mon and Chinese ceramics. Although the exact origins of its various names remain elusive, King Rama V officially segmented Khlong Rop Krung into two distinct sections: Khlong Bang Lamphu and Khlong Ong Ang.


day, the banks of Khlong Ong Ang, stretching from across MRT Sam Yot station to Santiphap Park or the floating Sky Park of Chao Phraya, invite leisurely strolls along both sides of the canal. Convenient access to the Sky Park of Chao Phraya Bridge adds to the allure. Weekends witness a surge of tourists drawn to savor the sunset along the Chao Phraya River before indulging in shopping, dining, and exploring the banks of Khlong Ong Ang.


Once a bustling commercial hub, Khlong Ong Ang has morphed into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, adorned with Thai, Chinese, and Indian eateries, boutique shops, and souvenir outlets. Quirky hostels housed in century-old Thai-Chinese edifices dot the landscape. The ambiance crescendos on Fridays through Sundays, as illuminated embellishments illuminate the canal, attracting throngs of both local and international tourists.


Beyond its historical significance tethered to Bangkok's past, Khlong Ong Ang has emerged as a cultural tourism nexus. Visitors can delve into its rich history, lifestyle, and architectural marvels. Moreover, its strategic location serves as a gateway to other prominent tourist enclaves such as Sampeng Market, Chinatown, Phahurat, Banglamphu, Yaowarat, and Pak Khlong Talat. Embarking on a journey to explore Khlong Ong Ang is effortless and delightful; simply board the MRT to Sam Yot station and follow the path to the canal.

Editor in Chief : Nampetch Siramanon
Editor: Pacific Leisure (Thailand)
Content Creator : Mr. Saroj Na Ayutthaya

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