Watthana District

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Watthana
วัฒนา
Khet
Major Sukhumvit
Major Sukhumvit
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°44′32″N 100°35′9″E / 13.74222°N 100.58583°E / 13.74222; 100.58583Coordinates: 13°44′32″N 100°35′9″E / 13.74222°N 100.58583°E / 13.74222; 100.58583
Country  Thailand
Province Bangkok
Seat Khlong Tan Nuea
Khwaeng 3
Khet established 6 March 1998
Area
 • Total 12.565 km2 (4.851 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 82,582
 • Density 6,572/km2 (17,020/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 10110
parts of Phra Khanong Nuea: 10260
Geocode 1039

Watthana (or Vadhana, Thai: วัฒนา; IPA: [wát.tʰā.nāː]) is one of the 50 districts (Khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. Neighbouring districts are (from the north clockwise): Ratchathewi, Huai Khwang, Suan Luang, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Sathon and Pathum Wan.

History[edit]

Watthana was a separate district following the split from Khlong Toei in 1998 to provide better service to its population. The district obtained its name from Princess Galyani Vadhana, the elder sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Watthana or Vadhana means development. The area is among the most developed part of Bangkok.

On 1 January 2009, Watthana was the location of the Santika Club fire, which killed 66 and injured 222.

Administration[edit]

District map

The district is sub-divided into three sub-districts (Kwaeng), from west to east:

1. Khlong Toei Nuea, คลองเตยเหนือ, from the railway to Soi Sukhumvit 31 (Sawatdi)
2. Khlong Tan Nuea, คลองตันเหนือ, from Soi 31 to Soi 63 (Ekkamai)
3. Phra Khanong Nuea, พระโขนงเหนือ, from Soi 63 to Soi 81 (Siri Phot)

Places[edit]

Comprising the area between Sukhumvit Road and Khlong Saen Saeb, Watthana is one of the commercial districts in Bangkok with lots of condominiums and hotels. A lot of expatriates of many nationalities live there.

Shopping[edit]

  • Sukhumvit Road - Vendors selling counterfeit DVDs, T-shirts and tourist trinkets clog the sidewalks from Soi 3 to Soi 15.
  • Foodland - One of the branches of the Thai grocery chain is located on Soi 5. It also has a 24-hour coffee shop.
  • Villa Plaza - Located between the Sukhumvit 33 nightlife area and Soi 31, the plaza is a shopping and entertainment area anchored by the Villa (open 24 hours) and Fuji supermarkets. It also has some Japanese-only clubs, as well as British-style pubs.
  • Thong Lo - This street has become trendy in recent years, with a number of upscale restaurants and "boutique" shopping centres.
  • Major Sukhumvit - A large branch of the Major Cineplex cinema chain is located near the Bangkok Skytrain Ekkamai station, with a bowling alley, restaurants and shops.

Dining and entertainment[edit]

  • "Little Africa" - Near the Grace Hotel, there's a network of alleys between Nana Nuea (means Northern Nana) or Sukhumvit Soi 3, and Soi 5 that is home to many Middle Eastern restaurants.
  • Soi Cowboy - Nightlife strip with go-go bars is located off Asok, near the intersection with Sukhumvit.

Hospitals[edit]

  • Bumrungrad International Hospital - Major medical center that caters to tourists is on Soi Sukhumvit 3.
  • Samitivej Hospital - Another upper-class hospital, it's located on Soi Sukhumvit 49.
  • Camillian Hospital - A small Catholic hospital on Thong Lo.
  • Sukumvit Hospital - Located near the Bangkok Skytrain Ekkamai station.

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

Beginning of Thanon Asok Montri at Thanon Sukhumvit crossing

Besides the east-bound Sukhumvit, prominent roads in the district include several odd-numbered soi's (branch roads) from Sukhumvit: Nana Nuea (Sukhumvit 3), Asok Montri (Sukhumvit 21), Phrom Phong (Sukhumvit 39), Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55), Ekkamai (Sukhumvit 63), Sukhumvit 71 (Pridi Banomyong) and a small portion of On Nut (Sukhumvit 77).

Public transportation[edit]

  • BTS Skytrain - Stations in the district are Nana, Asok (links to Bangkok Metro), Phrom Phong, Ekkamai and Phra Khanong.
  • Bangkok Metro - The subway's Sukhumvit station is in Watthana district.
  • Khlong Saen Saeb - Borders the district; piers for the express boat service are Nana Nua, Asok, Prasan Mit, Ital-Thai, Wat Mai Chong Lom, Thong Lo, Chan Issara and Khlong Tan.

Symbols[edit]

The emblem of the district shows a pavilion, which refers to the residence of Princess Galyani Vadhana, the name patron of the district. Also the red colour refers to the Princess, as red is the day colour of her birthday. The golden rays of light extending from the roof of the pavilion are said to symbolise her divine grace to all Thais. Also the lotus shape is supposed to be an offering to pay respect to the Princess.[1]

Economy[edit]

When PBair existed, its head office was in the UBC II Building in Watthana.[2]

Education[edit]

Wells International School Wells International Kindergarten Thong Lor Campus

The The American School of Bangkok operates the Sukhumvit Campus in the district.[3] In addition Ekamai International School and the New International School of Thailand are located in Watthana District.[4][5] Also, Wells International School operates its Wells International Kindergarten Thong Lor Campus, with Nursery through Grade 2, in the Watthana District.[6] The Anglo Campus 31 of the Anglo Singapore International School is in the district.[7]

Higher education[edit]

  • Srinakharinwirot University - Prasarnmit Campus is on Sukhumvit 23.
  • The Siam Society - Established in 1904, it offers lectures, exhibits and trips for Thai and foreign residents who are interested in the study of artistic, scientific and cultural affairs of Thailand. On Asok, near Bangkok Metro Sukhumvit station.
  • Japan Foundation - On the 10th Floor of Sermmit Tower on Asok Montri Road, the foundation has a library, art exhibits, lectures and film screenings, primarily designed to teach Japanese culture to Thais.
  • Pridi Phanomyong Institute - Established in honor of the late Thai statesman Pridi Phanomyong, the institute houses a library and holds lectures, film screenings and other events. On Soi Thong Lo.

Diplomatic missions[edit]

The Embassy of Norway in Thailand is located in the UBC II Building in Watthana.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wattana was named by Princess". The Nation. January 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. 30 March-5 April 2004. 52.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." The American School of Bangkok. Retrieved on February 28, 2013. "SUKHUMVIT CAMPUS (Pre-K to Grade 12) Address: 59-59/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi 49/3 Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand"
  4. ^ "Home." Ekamai International School. Retrieved on 7 March 2013. "57 Ekamai 12 (Soi Charoenjai) Sukhumvit 63, Klongtan Nua, Vadhana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand"
  5. ^ "New International School of Thailand." Bangkok Post. Retrieved on 6 March 2013. "36 Soi Sukhumvit 15, Sukhumvit Rd., Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand"
  6. ^ "Contact Us." Wells International School. Retrieved on 7 March 2013. "Wells International Kindergarten Thong Lor Campus (Nursery – G2) 6 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Klongtan-Nua Wattana, Bangkok 10110"
  7. ^ "Contact - Anglo Campus 31" (Archive). Anglo Singapore International School. Retrieved on 27 May 2014. "Sukhumvit 31Klongtan Nue, Wattana Bangkok 10110, Thailand"
  8. ^ "The official site in Thailand." Government of Norway. Retrieved on 4 March 2010.

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