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Talad Sam Chuk

Century Old Thai Chinese influenced market in Supanburi province

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Suphanburi province is located not too far away from Bangkok. Getting to Sam Chuk market, the scenery were dotted with vast landscape of rice fields just like when I travelled to Ubon Ratchathani in Isaan region. Sam Chuk market is a Thai Chinese market with wide variety of Chinese style food, sweets and beverages available for sale. This market was said to be over 100 years old and was being established during the Siam era.

The entrance gate to Talad Sam Chuk
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The structures of Sam Chuck market were itself being so unique. The shops within the market consisted of old wooden buildings that double as both shop as well as house. While these shops looked old, most of the structures were still strong. I believe most of the shop houses at Sam Chuk has undergone reconstruction as well as renovations to preserve this precious old market and the surrounding structures. Since old buildings were of significant value, the community, local government and Thai government would realised the importance in heritage preservation.

The old shop house structures @ Talad Sam Chuk
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While old market and heritage always and never fail to fascinate me, what was being even more than what I expected were the street food and sweets that were so colourful and abundant available at Sam Chuk market. Because this market was established by the Chinese who arrived from China in ancient Siam era, almost every food sold here were of Chinese origin.

Shop signage in Chinese characters @ Talad Sam Chuk
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Walking along the shops and stalls within Sam Chuk market, you just want to taste each and every food and sweets on sale. When it comes to Chinese food, pork and duck were always a must eat. Over here in Sam Chuk market, this was of no exceptions. Enjoying some bbq pork or ‘charsiew’, roast pork and roast duck over cup of fresh coffee and Thai milk tea in an old wooden coffee shop should be the thing that never be missed in Sam Chuk market.

Giant pork balls, first of its kind @ Talad Sam Chuk
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Traditional Chinese made cakes and sweets were all over the place in Sam Chuk market. These also came in variety of colors and shape. Tasting these sweets, cakes and crackers should not be miss out as they were not easily available in other markets in Thailand. In addition, these were traditional food and most people of new generations no longer prepare such old style sweets.

Traditional Chinese cakes & sweets and other local Thai snacks @ Talad Sam Chuk
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The one thing that should never fail to capture visitors attention at Sam Chuk market was the extra large pork balls. Both were of Chinese influenced food but what captured my attention was the huge giant size pork balls never seen before anywhere else other than Sam Chuk market. Other than the giant size pork balls, they were also available in small and medium size range.

Enjoying roast pork & bbq pork @ Talad Sam Chuk
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While the market area was not too huge, only parts of the community were open up for purpose of trading and business. Sam Chuk market also formed part of the tourist attraction in Suphanburi province. The other part of this community which was located across the river connected with a pedestrian bridge was not open to business and tourists.

More food and snacks @ Talad Sam Chuk
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Other than food and drinks, many souvenirs were also available. What was yet another interesting thing to note was that almost all shops and business signage at Sam Chuk market has both Thai and Chinese characters carved on them. Since Sam Chuk market is not too far a distance from Bangkok, a day tour to this market is worth some time to explore, not only for the traditional Chinese influenced food but also its unique century old buildings.

Souvenirs available @ Talad Sam Chuk
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Replica of Talad Sam Chuk Community
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The bridge across the river @ Talad Sam Chuk that link to the residence community
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Posted by kidd27 08:51 Archived in Thailand

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