Ban Krua Muslim Community in Bangkok
20 images Created 12 Jan 2013
Bangkok is a very diverse city. Although mostly Buddhist, there are neighborhoods with Christian and Muslim populations. And of course there are ex-patriot neighborhoods where most of the residents are foreigners. Ban Krua was the city's first Muslim neighborhood, settled by Cham Muslims from what is now Cambodia and Vietnam in the very early years of the 19th century. The Cham Muslims received a land grant from Rama I, the King of Siam, in exchange for their service on the side of Siam against the Khmers (now Cambodia) during one of Siam's wars with the then fading Khmer empire.