Lhong 1919 Bangkok is a 19th-century Chinese mansion that's been fully restored and opened as an attraction. It mixes Bangkok heritage with shopping, dining and lots of interesting photo opportunities – it ticks the boxes for a fun day out in Bangkok.

    The center point of this old Chinese manor is the large shrine to Mazu, the Chinese goddess of seafarers. The air is heavy with the scent of incense and smoke and many people will kneel to say a prayer. As you walk around the courtyard and rooms, you can see period fixtures and artifacts displayed for visitors to see. In parts, it feels a little like a theme park recreation of what a 19th-century Chinese mansion should be, but it’s still wildly popular with locals and visitors.

    Shopping and dining at Lhong 1919

    The ground floor of the main building has a row of boutique stores. For home furnishings, candles and other gorgeously scented items, check out Thai brand Karmakamet. Other shops sell plants, homeware and fashion, and there’s a souvenir shop at the roadside entrance.

    If you get hungry, there’s a Thai restaurant and a smart coffee shop set up on the riverside. If you just fancy a casual snack or fruit smoothie, you’ll find several stalls along the main thoroughfare leading up to the shrine.

    To get to Lhong 1919, take the BTS to Saphan Taksin. In front of the station, you’ll find Sathorn Pier. There are free shuttle boats to and from the pier, roughly every 30 minutes.

    Lhong 1919

    Location: 248 Chiang Mai Rd, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8am to 8pm

    Phone: +66 (0)91 187 1919

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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