Phimai District

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Phimai
พิมาย
Amphoe
Amphoe location in Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Amphoe location in Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Coordinates: 15°13′14″N 102°29′9″E / 15.22056°N 102.48583°E / 15.22056; 102.48583Coordinates: 15°13′14″N 102°29′9″E / 15.22056°N 102.48583°E / 15.22056; 102.48583
Country  Thailand
Province Nakhon Ratchasima
Seat Nai Mueang
Area
 • Total 896.9 km2 (346.3 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 130,296
 • Density 145.3/km2 (376/sq mi)
Time zone THA (UTC+7)
Postal code 30110
Geocode 3015

Phimai (Thai: พิมาย) is a district (amphoe) in the northeastern part of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, northeastern Thailand.

History[edit]

Prasat Hin Phimai
Korat Cat

Phimai was an ancient Khmer city named Vimai or Vimayapura. A stone pillar dating to the reign of King Suryavarman I was found, naming the city Bhirapura meaning strong city. Phimai was the important city ever since, both during Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin times.

Mueang Phimai district was officially established in 1900. Khun Khachit Sarakam (ขุนขจิตสารกรรม) was the first governor.

Queen Mother Sriphatcharindra (Saovabha) visited Prasat Phimai and Sai Ngam (Ficus forest) in 1911. The government officers and people renovated the city for the royal visit, and named six roads to commemorate the event.

In 1940 the government renamed the district by cutting the word Mueang off.

Administration[edit]

The district is subdivided into 12 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 208 villages (muban). There are two subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon) - Phimai covering parts of tambon Nai Mueang. and Rang Ka Yai the whole part of tambon Rang Ka Yai. There are further 12 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai name
1. Nai Mueang ในเมือง
2. Samrit สัมฤทธิ์
3. Bot โบสถ์
4. Krabueang Yai กระเบื้องใหญ่
5. Tha Luang ท่าหลวง
6. Rang Ka Yai รังกาใหญ่
7. Chiwan ชีวาน
8. Nikhom Sang Ton-eng นิคมสร้างตนเอง
9. Krachon กระชอน
10. Dong Yai ดงใหญ่
11. Than Lalot ธารละหลอด
12. Nong Rawiang หนองระเวียง
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