Wang Saphung District

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Wang Saphung
วังสะพุง
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Loei Province
Amphoe location in Loei Province
Coordinates: 17°18′6″N 101°46′6″E / 17.30167°N 101.76833°E / 17.30167; 101.76833Coordinates: 17°18′6″N 101°46′6″E / 17.30167°N 101.76833°E / 17.30167; 101.76833
Country Thailand
Province Loei
Area
 • Total 1,145.0 km2 (442.1 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 109,424
 • Density 94.6/km2 (245/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 42130
Geocode 4209

Wang Saphung (Thai: วังสะพุง; IPA: [wāŋ sā.pʰūŋ]) is a district (amphoe) in the central part of Loei Province, northeastern Thailand. The district has been the site of a long-standing dispute between the villagers of Ban Na Nong Bong and its environs and Tungkum Limited, a subsidiary of Tongkah Harbour PCL. Tungkum extracts gold from an open pit mine in district and has been charged with environmental destruction by many of those living nearby.[1][2]

History[edit]

Khwaeng Wang Saphung was a satellite city of Mueang Lom Sak. It was assigned to be under Mueang Loei on 4 January 1907.[3]

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Mueang Loei, Erawan, Pha Khao, Nong Hin, Phu Luang, and Phu Ruea of Loei Province.

The important water resource is the Loei River. The Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary is in the west of the district.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 10 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 141 villages (muban). Wang Saphung is a subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of the tambon Wang Saphung and Si Songkhram. There are further 10 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.[4]
01. Wang Saphung วังสะพุง 13 15,821
02. Sai Khao ทรายขาว 20 13,877
03. Nong Ya Plong หนองหญ้าปล้อง 20 16,006
04. Nong Ngio หนองงิ้ว 09 05,067
05. Pak Puan ปากปวน 11 07,784
06. Pha Noi ผาน้อย 19 13,010
10. Pha Bing ผาบิ้ง 06 04,564
11. Khao Luang เขาหลวง 13 09,672
12. Khok Khamin โคกขมิ้น 20 14,505
13. Si Songkhram ศรีสงคราม 10 09,118

Missing numbers are tambon which now form Erawan District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mine operator in Isan threatens to sue high school student". Prachatai English. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gold Mine Protesters Hurt by Armed Mob and Shady Deals". The Isaan Record. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง ให้ยกอำเภอวังสะพุงมาขึ้นเมืองเลย (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 24 (3): 51. 1907-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Population statistics 2008". Department of Provincial Administration. 

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