Nong Khaem District

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Nong Khaem

หนองแขม
Nong Khaem City Gate
Nong Khaem City Gate
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°42′17″N 100°20′56″E / 13.70472°N 100.34889°E / 13.70472; 100.34889Coordinates: 13°42′17″N 100°20′56″E / 13.70472°N 100.34889°E / 13.70472; 100.34889
CountryThailand
ProvinceBangkok
SeatNong Khang Phlu
Khwaeng2
Area
 • Total35.825 km2 (13.832 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total155,722[1]
 • Density4,346.74/km2 (11,258.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code
10160
Geocode1023

Nong Khaem District (Thai: หนองแขม, pronounced [nɔ̌ːŋ kʰɛ̌ːm]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. The district is bounded by other Bangkok districts (from north clockwise): Thawi Watthana, Bang Khae, Bang Bon of Bangkok, Krathum Baen of Samut Sakhon Province, Sam Phran and Phutthamonthon of Nakhon Pathom Province.

History[edit]

The name of the district comes from nong which means 'wetland' and khaem which means 'reed' (Phragmites karka), a reedy plant, reflecting its environment in the past. It was set up as Amphoe Nong Khaem in 1902. In 1938 it became a king amphoe of Phasi Charoen for about 20 years before it was elevated to district status again. It became a khet in 1972 after Bangkok administrative reform. In 1998, the eastern part of Nong Khaem (Lak Song Sub-district) was made part of the newly established district of Khet Bang Khae.

Nong Khaem is known for its abundant plantings of canna in the centre median strip of Phet Kasem Road. The flowers stretch along nearly five kilometres of roadway. They were planted in 1977 and have since become a district landmark.[2]

The old building of Nong Khaem Police Station more than 100 years old, located on the Khlong Phasi Charoen canal. Now it has been renovated into a museum and a learning centre for local culture.[3]

Cannas in the centre median strip of Phet Kasem Road

Administration[edit]

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

1. Nong Khaem หนองแขม
2. Nong Khang Phlu  หนองค้างพลู

Economy[edit]

In 1973 Thai President Foods started production of MAMA brand instant noodles in a factory in Nong Khang Phlu.[4] In 1986 the factory was moved to a larger site in Si Racha.

Nong Khaem is the original location of Channel 3, before moving to the current Khlong Toei District in 1999.

Nong Khaem is one of Bangkok's three main solid waste disposal centres. It handles 3,500 tonnes of waste a day from all 16 districts on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. Two other Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) disposal centres are on the east side of the river, in Prawet and Sai Mai Districts. The Nong Khaem centre has an annual operating budget of two billion baht.[5]

Places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and House Report for Year 2017". Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2018-04-01. (Search page)
  2. ^ "ปลูกต้นพุทธรักษา 23 สายพันธุ์กลางถนนเพชรเกษม อัตลักษณ์ประจำพื้นที่เขตหนองแขม" [Plant 23 breeds of canna trees in the middle of Phet Kasem Road identity of Nong Khaem area]. Thai Rath (in Thai). 2019-10-16. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  3. ^ Plerng Payak (2018-04-05). "โรงพักเก่าแก่หนองแขม" [The old Nong Khaem Police Station]. Thai Rath (in Thai). Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  4. ^ "Noodles". Thai President Foods. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ Wancharoen, Supoj; Ngamkham, Wassayos (17 January 2020). "City Hall exposes Nong Khaem dump corruption". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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