U Thong District

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U Thong
อู่ทอง
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Suphanburi Province
Amphoe location in Suphanburi Province
Coordinates: 14°22′32″N 99°53′32″E / 14.37556°N 99.89222°E / 14.37556; 99.89222Coordinates: 14°22′32″N 99°53′32″E / 14.37556°N 99.89222°E / 14.37556; 99.89222
Country  Thailand
Province Suphanburi
Area
 • Total 630.29 km2 (243.36 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 111,696
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 72160
Geocode 7209

U Thong (Thai: อู่ทอง; IPA: [ʔùː tʰɔ̄ːŋ]) is the district (Amphoe) in the western part of Suphanburi Province, central Thailand.

History[edit]

Statue of Phra Chao U-Thong (founder of Ayutthaya) in Amphoe U-Thong, Suphanburi province, Thailand.

U Thong is an ancient city. Archaeologists found many pre-historic instruments and human skeletons in many parts of the district. It was one of the center cities of Dvaravati culture. Later, it also became the origin of Ayutthaya kingdom, as the first King of Ayutthaya Ramathibodi was prince of U Thong before.

U Thong district was created with the name Chorakhe Sam Phan in 1905. 1939 the district was renamed to U Thong.[1] In 1944, the government moved the central of district from Ban Chorakhe Sam Phan to the area of the ancient city.[2]

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Don Chedi, Mueang Suphanburi, Bang Pla Ma, Song Phi Nong of Suphanburi Province, Lao Khwan, Huai Krachao and Phanom Thuan of Kanchanaburi Province.

Panorama of U-Thong Town

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 13 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 151 villages (muban). There are two townships (thesaban tambon) in the district - U Thong and Sa Yai Som each cover parts of the same-named tambon.

No. Name Thai Pop.     
1. U Thong อู่ทอง 19,412 8. Don Kha ดอนคา 12,698
2. Sa Yai Som สระยายโสม  5,448 9. Phlapphla Chai  พลับพลาไชย  11,947
3. Chorakhe Sam Phan  จรเข้สามพัน 13,009 10. Ban Khong บ้านโข้ง 8,865
4. Ban Don บ้านดอน 7,899 11. Chedi เจดีย์ 3,006
5. Yung Thalai ยุ้งทะลาย 4,457 12. Sa Phang Lan สระพังลาน 4,866
6. Don Makluea ดอนมะเกลือ 4,603 13. Kra Chan กระจัน 6,786
7. Nong Ong หนองโอ่ง 8,700

References[edit]

  1. ^ "พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒". Royal Gazette (in Thai) 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939. 
  2. ^ "ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง ย้ายที่ว่าการอำเภออู่ทอง จังหวัดสุพรรณบุรี". Royal Gazette (in Thai) 61 (12 ง): 369. 1944-02-22. 

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