Photographer's Note

Just a few meters from the Hindu temple at Silom is this nice mosque. Itís almost time for sunset and there was this Thai couple sitting at a table opposite to the mosque drinking Whisky. None of the Muslim bordered or looked at them. The atmosphere is very multi-cultural in this corner of the capital.

The area along Silom Road, extending to Suriwong Road on one side and Sathorn on the other, is Bangkok's main financial district. Some call Silom Road Thailandís Wall Street has some truth to it, as major financial establishments must have at least a branch here. Apart from the infamous red light district Patpong, its associated night bazaar and some of the capitalís most expensive hotels there are some interesting sights off the beaten track at Silom such as the only pure Hindu temple and the nearby Indonesian mosque.

The Muslim settlers from Indonesian Java Island under the Dutch jurisdiction lived in Pradit Lane opposite the Hindu Temple. Some have moved away but several of them still live there. They open the Mirasutdin Mosque for traveling Muslims to come pray or join in religious functions.

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