The area dominated by the Warorot and Ton Lam Yai markets doubles as the city's small Chinatown, marked by a flamboyant Chinese welcome gate across Th Chang Moi. Dotted around the bazaar area are several small Confucian temples, a handful of Chinese apothecaries and lots of Chinese jewellery shops, decorated in brilliant red, a symbol of good fortune. However, the area has lost some of its prominence with the construction of the vast new Samakkee Charity Foundation temple.
South of the flower market on Th Praisani, the Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple was founded in 1876, but the shrine fell into ruin as the city's Chinese population declined. The temple was reconstructed as part of the city's 700th anniversary celebrations in 1995, complete with towering pagodas and writhing dragons, and two shophouses in front were removed to improve the flow of chi.
A small parade winds through the streets for Chinese New Year.
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