Bang Khen District
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Khet location in Bangkok
|• Total||42.123 km2 (16.264 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,203/km2 (10,890/sq mi)|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
except Mu 8-10 of Tha Raeng: 10230
Bang Khen (Thai: บางเขน; IPA: [bāːŋ kʰěːn]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. It is bounded by other Bangkok districts (from north clockwise): Sai Mai, Khlong Sam Wa, Khan Na Yao, Bueng Kum, Lat Phrao, Chatuchak, Lak Si, and Don Mueang.
In 1972, the provinces of Thonburi and Phra Nakhon were combined and called jointly Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. Administrative units within the capital were renamed "districts" (khet) and "sub-district" (khwaeng), replacing "amphoe" and "tambon", respectively. Bang Khen thus became a district of the newly combined province. At that time it had eight sub-districts.
Bang Khen was once a very large district, but has been greatly reduced in size after several modifications to district boundaries. In 1989, the western portion and southwestern areas were split off to create Don Mueang and Chatuchak, respectively. In 1997, a northern portion of Bang Khen was split off to create the Sai Mai District, but in the same reorganization Bang Khen received Moo 8-10 of Chorakhe Bua Sub-district from Lat Phrao District.
Places of interest
- Wat Phra Si Mahathat Wora Maha Wiharn (วัดพระศรีมหาธาตุวรมหาวิหาร) Temple of Holy Relics
- Constitutional Protection Monument (อนุสาวรีย์พิทักษ์รัฐธรรมนูญ) at Lak Si Circle (วงเวียนหลักสี่)
- Sathira Dhammasathan (เสถียรธรรมสถาน) Buddhist Retreat Center
- Ying Charoen Market (ตลาดยิ่งเจริญ) or Saphan Mai Market (ตลาดสะพานใหม่). The original name of Saphan Mai was Saphan Sukoranakhaseni (สะพานสุกรนาคเสนีย์).
- Phranakhon Rajabhat University, (Khwaeng Anusawari)
- Rattanakosin Somphot Bangkhen School, (Khwaeng Tha Raeng)
- Bangkhen District non-formal and informal Education, (Khwaeng Anusawari)
Government and infrastructure
The district is divided into two sub-districts (khwaeng).
The district council for Bang Khen has eight members, who serve four-year terms. Elections were last held on 30 April 2006. The results were:
- Thai Rak Thai Party - Eight seats