Phichit Province

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Phichit

พิจิตร
Flag of Phichit
Flag
Official seal of Phichit
Seal
Map of Thailand highlighting Phichit Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Phichit Province
CountryThailand
CapitalPhichit town
Government
 • GovernorWirasak Wichitsaengsi (since October 2016)
Area
 • Total4,531.0 km2 (1,749.4 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 47th
Population
(2014)
 • Total547,543
 • RankRanked 43rd
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • Density rankRanked 31st
HDI
 • HDI (2009)0.693 (medium) (67th)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Area code(s)056, 055 (Sam Ngam and Wachirabarami
ISO 3166 codeTH-66
Vehicle registrationพิจิตร

Phichit (Thai: พิจิตร, pronounced [pʰí(ʔ).t͡ɕìt]) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. It lies 330 km due north of Bangkok. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, and Kamphaeng Phet.

Geography[edit]

Luang Pho Phet, Wat Tha Luang, Phichit Province

The Nan and Yom Rivers flow through Phichit Province, joining shortly before the Chao Phraya is formed. The province mainly consists of low fertile river plains, making rice and lotus the main crops.[1]

History[edit]

The town of Phichit was established in 1058 by Phraya Kotabongthevaraja, and was first part of the Sukhothai Kingdom, and later of Ayutthaya. An old temple in Pho Prathap Chang District is Wat Pho Prathap Chang (วัดโพธิ์ประทับช้าง). It was built by Phra Chao Suea, an Ayutthaya king, in 1701 at a site reputed to be his birthplace. The site is surrounded by double-walls and huge trees, some of which are over 200 years old.[2]

The name of the main city changed several times. At first it was called Sa Luang ('city of the royal pond'). In Ayutthaya times it was called Okhaburi ('city in the swamp'), and then finally Phichit ('beautiful city').

Symbols[edit]

The provincial seal shows a pond, which refers to the old name of Phichit, Mueang Sa Luang ("city of the royal pond"). The banyan tree in front refers to Wat Pho Prathap Chang. The temple was built in 1669-1671 by King Luang Sorasak, who was born in the village of Pho Prathap Chang, between a banyan and a sacred fig.

The flag of Phichit shows the circular provincial seal in the middle. It has three green bars and two white horizontal bars, with the middle bar being interrupted by the seal.

The provincial tree is the ironwood. The provincial flower is the lotus.

The provincial motto (loosely translated) states as follows:

The province of Chalawan the crocodile king, the fun and exciting annual boat race, the land of exquisite rice and the delicious Tha Khoi pomelo; the center of the province is the Luang Pho Phet.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map of Amphoe

The province is divided into 12 districts (amphoe). These are further subdivided into 89 sub-districts (tambon) and 852 villages (muban).

  1. Mueang Phichit
  2. Wang Sai Phun
  3. Pho Prathap Chang
  4. Taphan Hin
  5. Bang Mun Nak
  6. Pho Thale
  1. Sam Ngam
  2. Tap Khlo
  3. Sak Lek
  4. Bueng Na Rang
  5. Dong Charoen
  6. Wachirabarami

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Phichit has main station is Phichit Railway Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phichit: General Info". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  2. ^ "WAT PHO PRATHAP CHANG". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 4 April 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 16°26′38″N 100°20′52″E / 16.44389°N 100.34778°E / 16.44389; 100.34778