Khlong Toei District

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Khlong Toei
คลองเตย
Khet
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°42′29″N 100°35′2″E / 13.70806°N 100.58389°E / 13.70806; 100.58389Coordinates: 13°42′29″N 100°35′2″E / 13.70806°N 100.58389°E / 13.70806; 100.58389
Country  Thailand
Province Bangkok
Seat Khlong Toei
Khwaeng 3
Khet established November 9, 1989
Area
 • Total 13.0 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 159,527
 • Density 12,271.3/km2 (31,783/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 10110
except parts of Phra Khanong: 10260
Geocode 1033

Khlong Toei (also Klong Toey, Thai: คลองเตย; IPA: [kʰlɔ̄ːŋ tɤ̄ːj]) is a district in central Bangkok, long known for its slum. It is bordered by the Chao Phraya River and contains major port facilities. It is also the location of a major market, though not one of tourist importance.

Neighboring districts are (clockwise from the north): Watthana, Phra Khanong, Amphoe Phra Pradaeng of Samut Prakan Province (across the Chao Phraya), Yan Nawa, Sathon, and Pathum Wan.

History[edit]

Cranes of Khlong Toei harbour

The district was once part of Phra Khanong, but on 9 November 1989 it was separated into a new district. Originally Khlong Toei consisted of 6 sub-districts, three of which have since left to form the new Watthana district (announced on 14 October 1997, effective from 6 March 1998).

The area has a history dating back to the ninth century as a port to cities upstream along the Chao Phraya River, such as Pak Nam Phra Pradaeng (Thai: เมืองปากน้ำพระประแดง) (as opposed to the current Amphoe Phra Pradaeng) built during the King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke period. Khlong Thanon Trong (Thai: คลองถนนตรง) was a khlong (canal) and a parallel road built by King Mongkut around 1857. Later, it became known as Khlong Toei and Khlong Hua Lamphong for different sections of the canal. Khlong Toei means the canal of pandan, as the plant grew along the southern bank of the canal. The road was renamed to Rama IV Road by King Vajiravudh in 1919. In 1947, a large portion of Khlong Toei canal was filled up to expand the Rama IV Road surface.

Administration[edit]

District map

The district is sub-divided into 3 sub-districts (Khwaeng). From west to east, these are:

1. Khlong Toei คลองเตย  from the railway to Sukhumvit Soi 22
2. Khlong Tan คลองตัน from Sukhumvit Soi 22 to Soi 36
3. Phra Khanong  พระโขนง from Sukhumvit 36 to 52

Note that Khlong Toei is a both the name of a subdistrict and the district in which it lies. Phra Khanong is both a subdistrict of Khlong Toei and a district on its own, with only subdistrict Bang Chak. Furthermore, all three subdistricts listed above have counterparts with addition "Nuea" (North) in Watthana district.

Port[edit]

The Khlong Toei Port, also known as Bangkok Port, was Thailand's only major port for sea transportation of cargo. The construction began in 1938 and finished after the end of World War II. The port is located on the Chao Phraya River, not far from the Gulf of Thailand. Due to its limited capacity and traffic problems caused by semi-trailer trucks, much of its shipping operation has moved to Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri Province since it was opened in July 1981.

Places[edit]

The Emporium
Benjasiri Park
Klong Toey Market

Attractions include:

Transportation[edit]

Education[edit]

The Sacred Heart Convent School is in Khlong Toei District.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home Sacred Heart Convent School. Retrieved on 6 March 2013.

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