Nong Chok District
Khet location in Bangkok
|• Total||236.261 km2 (91.221 sq mi)|
|• Density||497/km2 (1,290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||THA (UTC+7)|
Nong Chok (Thai: หนองจอก; IPA: [nɔ̌ːŋ tɕɔ̀ːk]) is one of the 50 districts (Khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. It is bounded by other districts (from north clockwise): Amphoe Lam Luk Ka of Pathum Thani Province, Amphoe Bang Nam Priao and Amphoe Mueang Chachoengsao of Chachoengsao Province, Lat Krabang, Min Buri and Khlong Sam Wa of Bangkok. It is the biggest and the least populated district of Bangkok.
The district was established as an amphoe in 1897 during King Chulalongkorn period. The original settlers were muslims relocated from cities in southern Thailand. In 1902, it became an amphoe of the newly setup Min Buri Province. Due to economic hardship during 1930-31, Min Buri Province was disbanded in 1931 and Nong Chok was transferred to Chachoengsao Province. However the administration was moved under Bangkok the next year due to inconveniece of travel between Nong Chok and Chachoengsao. Today about 75 percent of the population remains Muslims while 22 percent are buddhists. The name Nong Chok means water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) swamp.
Agriculture was and remains the most important part of Nong Chok economy. Rice, vegetables, fruits, and livestocks are main products. It is famous for its gamecocks and birdcages. Lots of canals were dug for irrigation and transportation.
The district is sub-divided into eight sub-districts (Khwaeng).
- Krathum Rai (กระทุ่มราย)
- Nong Chok (หนองจอก)
- Khlong Sip (คลองสิบ)
- Khlong Sip Song (คลองสิบสอง)
- Khok Faet (โคกแฝด)
- Khu Fang Nuea (คู้ฝั่งเหนือ)
- Lam Phak Chi (ลำผักชี)
- Lam Toiting (ลำต้อยติ่ง)