Chachoengsao Province

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Chachoengsao
ฉะเชิงเทรา
Province
Official seal of Chachoengsao
Seal
Nickname(s): Paet Rio
Map of Thailand highlighting Chachoengsao Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Chachoengsao Province
Country  Thailand
Capital Chachoengsao town
Government
 • Governor Anukun Tangkhananukunchai (since October 2013)
Area
 • Total 5,351 km2 (2,066 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 41st
Population (2015)
 • Total 700,902[1]
 • Rank Ranked 37th
 • Density rank Ranked 39th
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
ISO 3166 code TH-24

Chachoengsao (Thai: ฉะเชิงเทรา (Pronunciation)) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, and Nakhon Nayok. It has a short coastline on the Gulf of Thailand.

History[edit]

Chachoengsao or Paet Riu is a province in eastern Thailand. It has a history dating back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. People originally settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals.

"Luangpho Phuttha Sothon" is a centre of faith of the people of Paet Riu.

In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth-class city under the ministry of defence. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province.

Geography[edit]

Chachoengsao

The west part of the province is the low river plain of the Bang Pa Kong River, which is used extensively for farming rice. To the east is hillier terrain, with an average height of more than 100 m above sea level.

Symbols[edit]

The provincial seal shows the main hall of the Sothornvararamvoraviharn temple. In this hall is the most important Buddha image of the province, known as Luangpho Phutthasothon.

The provincial tree is Peltophorum dasyrachis. The tree was assigned to the province by Queen Sirikit on the 50th anniversary of the coronation of King Rama IX in 2000. The provincial flower is the Yellow Flamboyant (Peltophorum pterocarpum).

The provincial slogan is The Bountiful Bang Pakong River,the Sacred Buddha Image of Luangpho Sothon, Phraya Si Sunthon the Scholar of Thai Language, and the Pristine Ang Rue Nai Forest

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map of Amphoe

The province is divided into 11 districts (amphoe). These are further subdivided into 93 sub-districts (tambon) and 859 villages (muban).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population of the Kingdom" (PDF). Department of Provincial Affairs (DOPA) Thailand (in Thai). 2014-12-31. Retrieved 19 Mar 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°41′15″N 101°04′13″E / 13.68750°N 101.07028°E / 13.68750; 101.07028