Khon Kaen Province
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Map of Thailand highlighting Khon Kaen Province
|• Governor||Phongsak Prichawit (since October 2016)|
|• Total||10,886.0 km2 (4,203.1 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 15th|
|• Rank||Ranked 4th|
|• Density||160/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 19th|
|• HDI (2009)||0.850 (high) (8th)|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-40|
Khon Kaen (Thai: ขอนแก่น, pronounced [kʰɔ̌(ː)n kɛ̀n]) is the fifth-largest of the northeastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Phetchabun, and Loei.
The first city of the area was established in 1783 when Rajakruluang settled there with 330 people. King Rama I made Rajakruluang the first governor of the area when establishing tighter connections with the Isan area. The main city was moved six times until in 1879 it reached its present-day location at Nuang Kaw. Khon Kaen was under the governance of Udon in the early period of Rattanakosin, c. 2450 BCE.
- The numbers 26 to 28 were reserved for three other planned (minor) districts: Phu Kham Noi, Nong Kae and Non Han.
There are plans to split off the northwestern part of the province to form a new province centered at Phu Wiang. The other districts which will belong to this new province are Nong Ruea, Chum Phae, Si Chomphu, Phu Pha Man, Nong Na Kham, and Wiang Kao.
|The seal of the province shows the stupa (tower) of Phra That Kham Kaen, which is believed to contain relics of Buddha. A tree is depicted on each side. One is a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), the other a Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula). The Thai name of the golden shower means providing support and preventing a decline, and it is also the provincial flower. The provincial tree is the pink shower tree (Cassia bakeriana), the Thai name of which translates as "wishing tree".|
- Kaoklai Kaennorsing, professional Thai boxer
- Somluck Kamsing, boxer, the first Thai athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics
- Khon Kaen travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Province page from the Tourist Authority of Thailand
- Official website of province (Thai only)
||Loei Province||Nong Bua Lamphu Province||Udon Thani Province
|Phetchabun Province||Maha Sarakham Province|
|Chaiyaphum Province||Nakhon Ratchasima Province||Buriram Province|