Mueang Phuket District

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Mueang Phuket
เมืองภูเก็ต
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Phuket Province
Amphoe location in Phuket Province
Coordinates: 7°53′24″N 98°23′6″E / 7.89000°N 98.38500°E / 7.89000; 98.38500Coordinates: 7°53′24″N 98°23′6″E / 7.89000°N 98.38500°E / 7.89000; 98.38500
Country  Thailand
Province Phuket
Seat Talat Yai
Area
 • Total 224.0 km2 (86.5 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 196,733
 • Density 878.3/km2 (2,275/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 83000 and 83100
Geocode 8301

Amphoe Mueang Phuket (Thai: เมืองภูเก็ต) is the capital district (amphoe mueang) of Phuket Province, Thailand. The town Phuket itself is in the district's northwest.

Geography[edit]

Promthep Cape

The district encompasses the southern part of the island of Phuket. The western and southern coast consists of several heavily touristed beaches, from the northwest: Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Nai Harn, Rawai, and Friendship Beach along Chalong Bay. The beaches are separated from each other by rocky capes, most notably Promthep Cape at the southernmost tip of the island. The cape is a popular sunset viewpoint.

History[edit]

Originally named Thung Kha (ทุ่งคา), it was renamed Mueang Phuket on November 14, 1938.[1]

Temples[edit]

Pagoda of Wat Chalong

The most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket is Wat Chalong (วัดฉลอง, วัดไชยธาราราม). It is dedicated to two highly venerated monks, Luang Pho Chaem (หลวงพ่อแช่ม) and Luang Pho Chuang (หลวงพ่อช่วง), who with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured of a tin miners rebellion in 1876.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 8 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 44 villages (muban). The town of Phuket has city status (thesaban nakhon) and covers the tambon Talad Yai and Talad Nuea; Karon, Ratsada, Rawai, and Wichit have subdistrict municipality status (thesaban tambon) and each cover the complete same-named tambon. Chalong and Ko Kaeo have a Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

Nr. Name Thai name Villages Inh.
1. Talat Yai ตลาดใหญ่ - 52,192
2. Talat Nuea ตลาดเหนือ - 23,381
3. Ko Kaeo เกาะแก้ว 7 10,136
4. Ratsada รัษฎา 7 33,534
5. Wichit วิชิต 9 38,701
6. Chalong ฉลอง 10 18,072
7. Rawai ราไวย์ 7 13,623
8. Karon กะรน 4 7,094
Map of Tambon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามจังหวัด และอำเภอบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๑" (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai) 55 (0 ก): 658. November 14, 1938. 

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