Matsayit Ban Haw

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Chiang Mai , Thailand
Soi 1, Th Charoen Prathet (Halal St)
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A remnant from the days when Chiang Mai was a detour on the Silk Road, this Thai-Muslim mosque is the largest in the city, attended by a small but prosperous community of local traders at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Although the complex has been modernised, the main building was founded a century ago by jeen hor (‘galloping Chinese’), the Thai expression for Yunnanese caravan traders. Within the past two centuries, the city’s Muslim community has also grown to include ethnic Yunnanese Muslims escaping unrest in neighbouring Laos and Burma.