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Ban Kudeejeen Khanom Farang Bangkok
Baan Kudeejeen Comunity Bangkok
Ban Kudeejeen Museum Bangkok
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi district, the Kudeejeen community (you'll also find the spelling Kudi Chin) is one of Bangkok's oldest residential areas. Founded more than 250 years ago by the Siamo-Portuguese community who came to settle here after the fall of Ayutthaya when the capital of the Kingdom of Siam was moved to Thonburi, this small district is like a small village in the middle of the tumultuous Bangkok. A pleasant place rich in history, culture and culinary discoveries as I showed in my suggestion of Walking Tour in Thonburi (watch my video) by recommending a restaurant and the famous khanom farang, specialty of Kudeejeen which is a mix between a madeleine and a cupcake.

You can start the visit of the Kudeejeen district in Bangkok by the Santa Cruz church whose name means Holy Cross in Portuguese. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Thailand, although its first teakwood version, built in 1770, has been replaced by the current building, which only dates from 1913. Its doors are often closed. You enter the Kudeejeen small village by a street on the right side of the church.

The main street leads to the Baan Kudichin Museum (no admission fee). There is a small cafe with a pleasant atmosphere to relax on the ground floor and the museum is on the upper floors and tells the arrival of Catholics who were Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese and even Westerners from other nations during the reign. of King Rama III. Strolling in the small streets of Baan Kudijin is also pleasant and exotic compared to the main arteries of Bangkok.

Practical information about Kundeejeen Community

Baan Kudeejeen is not a Bangkok must-visit in the sense that if you are only in the Thai capital for 2-3 days, there are other places to go visit first like the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) or Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) but for anyone interested in history, or staying longer, or returning to Bangkok after a first visit, this is an interesting area. The whole Thonburi neighborhood is interesting and very different from the streets on the opposite bank of Chao Phraya River.

How to get to Kundeejeen Community ?

The nearest metro station to Kudeejeen is Sanam Chaï on the MRT Blue Line, you will then have to go to Atsadang Pier to take a ferry to cross the river and arrive at Wat Kalayamanit and from there you will only be 15-minute walking distance to Baan Kudeejeen. Another option, is to take the Chao Phraya Express boats and get off at Yodpiman pier and then walk to Atsadang Pier to cross the river. Otherwise from MRT Itsaraphap station, it's a 15-minute walk to get to Kudeejeen.
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