Indian Community Heritage: Case Study Soi 3 (Nana) on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

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Prisana Munpao


This research studied background of Indians in Thailand, Nana community, Indian heritage and phenomena of present Nana.  Nana precinct on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok began as an Indian commercial community in tailor shops, Indian restaurants and mixed shops.  Moreover, many Thai, Burmese and Thai – Lao people work in different careers e.g. street vendors, perfume shops and massage parlors.  As tourists have continually changed from American servicemen in the Vietnam War era to mainly focus Middle-Eastern tourists.  In addition, ASEAN people consisting of Chinese and Indian people have become tourists here. There are approached through five ways (1) Nana as spectacle in ambiguity of labels and Nana area’s disorder (2) Nana as a unity of diversity in dress, food, multi-languages and hotels (3) Nana as commodification (4) Nana as politic and economy (5) Nana as tourism in hedonistic and medical tourism

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