with the capture and herding of slaves to Chiang Mai. The many groups
herded from their homeland included the Tai Yuan, Tai Lue, Tai Koen
and Tai Yai. A staggering 40 per cent of Chiang Mai's population were
from foreign lands.
Tai Koen once inhabited the area around Wualai Road, now home to Tri
Yaan Na Ros Colonial House. The Tai Koen Wualai were herded from Chiang
Tung in the Shan State of Myanmar. The Tai Koen Wualai were renowned
silversmiths and expertly made lacquerware. Other Tai Koen groups were
also herded into the area and made their living as blacksmiths and stone
masons, moulding and casting Buddha Images.
the reign of King Rama V, many immigrants moved to Chiang Mai including
the Chinese, Indian, Sikh and the Burmese. Many bureaucrats and missionaries
also entered the region. The area along the Mae Ping riverbank near