Sathon District

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Sathon
สาทร
Khet
Wat Yan Nawa
Wat Yan Nawa
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°42′29″N 100°31′35″E / 13.70806°N 100.52639°E / 13.70806; 100.52639Coordinates: 13°42′29″N 100°31′35″E / 13.70806°N 100.52639°E / 13.70806; 100.52639
Country  Thailand
Province Bangkok
Seat Thung Wat Don
Khwaeng 3
Khet established November 9, 1989
Area
 • Total 9.326 km2 (3.601 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 107,159
 • Density 11,490/km2 (29,800/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 10120
Geocode 1028

Sathon or Sathorn (Thai: สาทร; IPA: [sǎː.tʰɔ̄ːn]) is one of the 50 districts (Khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. The district is bounded by six other districts (from north clockwise): Bang Rak, Pathum Wan, Khlong Toei, Yan Nawa, Bang Kho Laem, and Khlong San (across Chao Phraya River).

History[edit]

Sathon district was once part of Yan Nawa. Due to its large area and population, first a branch district office of Yan Nawa was set up on 9 March 1989 to serve the people in 3 Khwaeng of Yan Nawa. And then on 9 November 1989, the Sathon district is established inheriting the area once served by the branch office.

The district is named after the Sathon Road and Khlong Sathon. Khlong Sathon, the older of the two, is a canal dug for public transportation by a Chinese company. The Chinese owner was later granted the name Luang Sathon Racha Yut (หลวงสาทรราชายุตก์) by King Chulalongkorn for her accomplishment. Along both sides of the canal later became Sathon Road. Incorrect Thai spelling for Sathon สาธร had been used for very long time but it has been corrected since April 1999.

Administration[edit]

The district is sub-divided into three sub-districts (Kwaeng).

1. Thung Wat Don ทุ่งวัดดอน
2. Yan Nawa ยานนาวา
3. Thung Maha Mek  ทุ่งมหาเมฆ 

The Department of Civil Aviation of Thailand is headquartered in Sathon.[1]

Sathon Road[edit]

Main article: Sathon Road

Sathon Road marks the northern boundary of the district, with the southern lane of the road belonging to Sathon district and the northern lane across the Sathon canal belonging to Bang Rak.

Along Sathon Road there are many up-scale hotels, the famous "Robot Building", Saint Louis Hospital (and church, and school), the Vatican Embassy, and the Blue Elephant cooking school.

Temples[edit]

Wat Yan Nawa (วัดยานนาวา), an old temple dated back to the Ayutthaya period, is probably the best known temple in Sathon. It has a unique junk shaped chedi and viharn built by King Rama III. The idea behind the construction was that Chinese junk was quickly disappearing and the pagoda should show present descendants what it looked like. The temple was known as Wat Kok Khwai (วัดคอกควาย) during Ayuthaya kingdom and Wat Kok Krabue (วัดคอกกระบือ) during Thonburi and early Bangkok era before the construction of the chedi.

Wat Don (วัดดอน) is another old temple built in 1797 during Rama I period by people who immigrated here from Tavoy, Myanmar. But the name Wat Don is equally well known for the Wat Don Cemetery not far away. The graveyard contains buried remains of people of Chinese heritage. Next to the cemetery is Wat Prok (วัดปรก), a Mon-styled Buddhist temple.

Economy[edit]

Nok Air has its head office in the Rajanakarn Building in Yan Nawa, Sathon.[2]

Education[edit]

Garden International School Bangkok is located in Sathon.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact DCA." Department of Civil Aviation. Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Nok Air. Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Garden International School Bangkok. Retrieved on 28 February 2013. "2/1 Yen Akart, Soi 2, Yen Akart Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand."

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