Bang Khun Thian District

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Bang Khun Thian
บางขุนเทียน
Khet
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Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°39′39″N 100°26′9″E / 13.66083°N 100.43583°E / 13.66083; 100.43583Coordinates: 13°39′39″N 100°26′9″E / 13.66083°N 100.43583°E / 13.66083; 100.43583
Country Thailand
Province Bangkok
Seat Samae Dam
Khwaeng 2
Area
 • Total 120.687 km2 (46.598 sq mi)
Population (2017)
 • Total 182,235[1]
 • Density 1,509.98/km2 (3,910.8/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 10150
Geocode 1021

Bang Khun Thian (Thai: บางขุนเทียน, pronounced [bāːŋ kʰǔn tʰīa̯n]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. Its neighbors, clockwise from the north, are Bang Bon, Chom Thong, and Thung Khru Districts of Bangkok, Amphoe Phra Samut Chedi of Samut Prakan Province and Amphoe Mueang of Samut Sakhon Province. Bang Khun Thian is Bangkok's southernmost district, and the only one bordering the Gulf of Thailand.

History[edit]

Bang Khun Thian is an old district, believed to have been established in 1867 as an amphoe of Thonburi.

In 1972, Thonburi and Phra Nakhon Provinces were combined into Bangkok metropolis. Administrative units in the newly combined capital province were renamed from amphoe and tambon to "district" (khet) and "sub-district" (khwaeng). Thus, Bang Khun Thian became a district of Bangkok, composed of seven sub-districts: Bang Khun Thian, Bang Kho, Chom Thong, Bang Mot, Tha Kham, Bang Bon, and Samae Dam.

Due to population increases, a portion of Bang Khun Thian District was set up with its own district office and called Bang Khun Thian Branch 1. This new unit oversaw four sub-districts: Bang Khun Thian, Bang Kho, Bang Mot, and Chom Thong. In 1989, Bang Khun Thian Branch 1 was made a full district called Chom Thong District. In 1997, Bang Bon sub-district was separated from Bang Khun Thian and became its own district.

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into two sub-districts (khwaeng).

1. Tha Kham ท่าข้าม
2. Samae Dam  แสมดำ

Places[edit]

Bang Khun Thian has Bangkok's only seashore. The coastline, about five km long, is muddy, containing mangrove forests and shrimp farms.[2] The only way to access the Gulf of Thailand is via boat. A group of crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis, Thai ลิงแสม), a kind of monkey, inhabits the coast near the sea. A fishing community is located there and the sea coast is known for its seafood restaurants.

Important temples in the district include Wat Kamphaeng (วัดกำแพง), Wat Kok (วัดกก), and Wat Bang Kradi (วัดบางกระดี่).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and House Report for Year 2017". Department of Provincial Adminstration, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2018-04-01.  (Search page)
  2. ^ Wancharoen, Supoj (27 March 2018). "Mangrove coast project bears fruit". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 

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