Chiang Saen District

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Chiang Saen
เชียงแสน
Amphoe
The Golden Triangle in Amphoe Chiang Saen
The Golden Triangle in Amphoe Chiang Saen
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Amphoe location in Chiang Rai Province
Coordinates: 20°16′30″N 100°5′18″E / 20.27500°N 100.08833°E / 20.27500; 100.08833Coordinates: 20°16′30″N 100°5′18″E / 20.27500°N 100.08833°E / 20.27500; 100.08833
Country  Thailand
Province Chiang Rai
Seat Wiang
Area
 • Total 554.0 km2 (213.9 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 53,500
 • Density 99.2/km2 (257/sq mi)
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 57150
Geocode 5708

Chiang Saen (Thai: เชียงแสน; IPA: [tɕʰīaŋ sɛ̌ːn]) is a district (amphoe) in the northern part of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. Chiang Saen is an important entrepôt for Thailand's trade with other countries on the upper part of Mekong River.[1]

The Chiang Saen District is to be the site of the world's tallest flagpole when it is completed in 2017. The pole, to be 189 m tall, the equivalent of a 63-storey building, will take 15 months to complete at a cost of from 250 million baht[2] to two billion baht.[3] The originator of the project, Mr Trin Nilprasert, aims to promote "Thainess" and Thai identity. The flagpole is to be set in a park complete with a museum and a learning centre.

History[edit]

A ruined Chiang Saen in 1867 sketched by Louis Delaporte during the expedition up the Mekong by Francis Garnier
The chedi of Wat Pa Sak
Inside the city's old walls

According to an ancient chronicle,[4] the original city of Chiang Saen (Chiang: "offshoot", saen: "100,000") was built in 545 CE in an area called Yonok by Tai migrants from the Chinese province of Yunnan, and was an important city (Southeast Asia Mandala-model mueang) of the Lanna ("million paddies") Kingdom.[5] No reliable written history of the city exists until the arrival of King Mengrai in the 13th century. His grandson, Saen Phu, ruler of the Lanna Kingdom, founded Chiang Saen in 1325 or 1328.[6]:226

The city was sacked by Chao Kawila of Chiangmai during the reign of Rama I, because it had been the Burmese base of operations in the preceding years. The city was deserted, while its inhabitants resettled in other Bangkok-allied Lanna cities such as Lampang and Chiang Mai. Several ancient ruins are found in the old cities. For example, Wat Pa Sak hosts a well-preserved Lanna-style "phrathat".

The mueang was converted into a district at the beginning of the 20th century in the thesaphiban reforms, with an additional branch or minor district (king amphoe) also named Chiang Saen covering the central area. The minor district was abolished in 1925.[7] The minor district was recreated two years later, then named Chiang Saen Luang (เชียงแสนหลวง).[8] In 1939 the minor district was renamed Chiang Saen, while the former district Chiang Saen became Mae Chan.[9] The minor district was upgraded to a full district on 6 April 1957.[10]

Geography[edit]

The Mekong River borders the north end of the district, forming the boundary with Laos. Other important rivers are the Kok and the Ruak River, tributaries of the Mekong. The 1,328 m high Doi Luang Pae Mueang massif (ดอยหลวงแปเมือง) of the Phi Pan Nam Range rises at the eastern end of the district.

Neighbouring districts are (from the east clockwise) Chiang Khong, Doi Luang, Mae Chan, and Mae Sai of Chiang Rai Province. To the north is the Shan State of Myanmar and Bokeo Province of Laos.

The area around the confluence of the Mekong with the Ruak River is known as the Golden Triangle. This boundary region with Laos and Myanmar is now a popular tourist area, with several casinos on the Burmese side.

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into six subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 72 villages (muban). Wiang Chiang Saen is a township (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of tambon Wiang. There are a further six tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Wiang เวียง 10 10,807
2. Pa Sak ป่าสัก 13 8,337
3. Ban Saeo บ้านแซว 15 11,444
4. Si Don Mun ศรีดอนมูล 14 8,120
5. Mae Ngoen แม่เงิน 12 8,463
6. Yonok โยนก 8 4,777
Wat Prathat Pha Ngao
The temples of Chiang Saen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Chiang Saen Port". Port Authority of Thailand (PAT). Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Charuvastra, Teeranai (2016-01-12). "Thai Flag to Fly the Highest Atop Record-Shattering Pole". Khaosod English. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Chiang Rai will have the world's highest flag pole". ThaiPBS. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Probably The Chiang Mai Chronicle, ISBN 974-7100-62-2
  5. ^ "Yonok, the birthplace of Lanna", Welcome to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, accessed 2009-10-17
  6. ^ Coedès, George (1968). Walter F. Vella, ed. The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. trans. Susan Brown Cowing. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0368-1. 
  7. ^ แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง ยุบกิ่งเชียงแสนเข้ารวมกับอำเภอเชียงแสนจังหวัดเชียงราย (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 42 (0 ง): 2159. October 4, 1925. 
  8. ^ แจ้งความกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง ตั้งกิ่งอำเภอเชียงแสนหลวง (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 44 (0 ง): 1232. July 17, 1927. 
  9. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939. 
  10. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอเชียงแสน พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๐ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 74 (36 ก): 565–567. April 6, 1957. 

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