Bangkok Yai District

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Bangkok Yai

Area around Wat Arun (taken photo from Prang of Wat Arun), across the Chao Phraya River is Phra Nakhon's Tha Tian neighbourhood
Area around Wat Arun (taken photo from Prang of Wat Arun), across the Chao Phraya River is Phra Nakhon's Tha Tian neighbourhood
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°43′22″N 100°28′35″E / 13.72278°N 100.47639°E / 13.72278; 100.47639Coordinates: 13°43′22″N 100°28′35″E / 13.72278°N 100.47639°E / 13.72278; 100.47639
SeatWat Tha Phra
 • Total6.18 km2 (2.39 sq mi)
 • Total67,768[1]
 • Density10,965.69/km2 (28,401.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code

Bangkok Yai (Thai: บางกอกใหญ่, pronounced [bāːŋ.kɔ̀ːk jàj]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. Neighbouring districts are (from north clockwise) Bangkok Noi, Phra Nakhon (across Chao Phraya River), Thon Buri, Phasi Charoen, and Taling Chan.


The district is named after Khlong Bangkok Yai (คลองบางกอกใหญ่, also called Khlong Bang Luang, คลองบางหลวง) which was actually part of Chao Phraya River until a canal dug in 1522 during the Ayutthaya period altered the flow of the river such that the canal became the main river and the section of original river became present-day Khlong Bangkok Yai.[2] Bangkok Yai, or more precisely, the Wat Arun Sub-district, was also the site of Thon Buri when the capital was set up here from 1767-1782.[3]

Originally called Amphoe Hongsaram (อำเภอหงสาราม) when the district was set up in 1915, it was renamed "Amphoe Bangkok Yai" in 1916, demoted to a king amphoe of amphoe Bang Yi Khan (อำเภอบางยี่ขัน) in 1938, promoted back to amphoe in 1958, and finally changed to a khet in an administrative reform in 1972.[4]


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

1. Wat Arun วัดอรุณ
2. Wat Tha Phra  วัดท่าพระ



Wichai Prasit Fort and Wat Arun
Prang of Wat Arun in night

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  1. ^ "Population and House Report for Year 2017". Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2018-04-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (Search page)
  2. ^ Canal in Thailand (in Thai)
  3. ^ BMA Local Museum - Bangkok Yai (in Thai) Archived 2016-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, The BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) Local Museum
  4. ^ History of Bangkok Yai (in Thai), Bangkok Yai District Office

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