Nowadays the market is a crossroads of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Muslim and Western cultures. People there are from different ethnic backgrounds, representing five religions that have existed side by side in harmony. Within walking distance from the market are the Chinese shrines Guan Yu and Pung Tao Gong, the buddhist temples Wat San Fang, Wat Uppakut and Wat Ket Keram as well as Namdhari temple (Namdhari movement is an offshoot of Sikhism).
Today, Warorot market is the best place to experience the “real” Chiang Mai. It is an epicentre for trading, exciting shopping opportunities and a general joyful riot of sensory overload! Inside the market, on the first floor, you will discover pig heads, cooked and dried fish, herbs, spices, local desserts and sweets along with religious accessories. On the second and third floors, there are cheap clothes, handbags, pillow covers, handicrafts, school uniforms and thousands of cosmetics products. In the neighborhood there are many stalls with everything from shoes to gems and many gold shops. One of the streets close to the market is call Lao Jo. This place houses a market where Hmong people come and sell handwoven cloth and accessories. Another street, is famous for its Chinese Shrine called Cong Thao Kong. Built about 130 years ago this Chinese temple is very typical. Hidden behind modern signage are mid-century and pre-World War II architectural treasures, including a large teak structure next to Ton Lam Yai market. All around the market are several “Chinese-style “shop houses” whose owners run businesses such as herbal pharmacies, textile and shoe emporiums, gold shops, casual eateries. They usually work downstairs and live above.