Nakhon Pathom

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Nakhon Pathom
City Municipality
Sanam Chan Palace
Sanam Chan Palace
Nakhon Pathom is located in Thailand
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 13°49′14″N 100°03′45″E / 13.82056°N 100.06250°E / 13.82056; 100.06250
Country Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
Province Nakhon Pathom Province
Districts of Thailand Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Pathom
Population (2000)
 • Total 120,657
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)

Nakhon Pathom (Thai: นครปฐม, pronounced [náʔkʰɔ̄ːn pā.tʰǒm], Pronunciation) is a city (thesaban nakhon) in central Thailand, capital of the Nakhon Pathom Province. One of the most important landmarks is the giant Phra Pathom Chedi.[1] The city is also home to Thailand's only Bhikkhuni temple Wat Song Thammakanlayani (วัดทรงธรรมกัลยาณี), which is also open to women from abroad.[2]

Nakhon Pathom houses a campus of Silpakorn University within the Sanam Chan Palace.

The city lies 57 km west of Bangkok.

According to Charles Higham, "Two silver medallions from beneath a sanctuary at Nakhon Pathom, the largest of the moated sites, proclaim that it was 'the meritorious work of the King of Sri Dvaravati', the Sanskrit term Dvaravati meaning 'that which has gates'. The script is in south Indian characters of the seventh century." Nakhon Pathom was the largest Dvaravati center.[3]:301-302,304

See also[edit]

Phra Pathonnachedi


  1. ^ "Phra Pathom Chedi". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wat Songdhammakalyani". On Thailand & Engaged Buddhism. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Higham, Charles., 2014, Early Mainland Southeast Asia, Bangkok: River Books Co., Ltd., ISBN 9786167339443

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Coordinates: 13°49′14″N 100°03′45″E / 13.82056°N 100.06250°E / 13.82056; 100.06250