Ratchathewi District

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Ratchathewi

ราชเทวี
Victory Monument
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°45′32″N 100°32′04″E / 13.75889°N 100.53444°E / 13.75889; 100.53444Coordinates: 13°45′32″N 100°32′04″E / 13.75889°N 100.53444°E / 13.75889; 100.53444
CountryThailand
ProvinceBangkok
SeatThung Phaya Thai
Khwaeng4
Khet established9 November 1989
Area
 • Total7.126 km2 (2.751 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total72,304[1]
 • Density10,146.50/km2 (26,279.3/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code
10400
Geocode1037

Ratchathewi (Thai: ราชเทวี, pronounced [râːt.t͡ɕʰā.tʰēː.wīː]) is a district in central Bangkok, Thailand. It is also name of a BTS Skytrain station.

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Phaya Thai, Din Daeng, Huai Khwang, Watthana, Pathum Wan, Pom Prap Sattru Phai and Dusit.

History[edit]

Queen Sukumalmarsri

The district was part of Dusit district prior to 1966, and part of Phaya Thai District from 1966 to 1989, when it was elevated to its own district. The name is inherited from Ratchathewi Intersection, which is the intersection of Phetchaburi Road and Phaya Thai Road. The name originally comes from a royal consort to King Chulalongkorn, Phra Nangchao Sukumalmarsri Phra Ratchathewi. The term Phra Rachathewi (also spelled Phra Rajadevi) is a rank in Thai royal and noble titles for royal consorts.

Administration[edit]

District map

The district is sub-divided into four sub-district (Khwaeng).

1. Thung Phaya Thai ทุ่งพญาไท
2. Thanon Phaya Thai ถนนพญาไท
3. Thanon Phetchaburi  ถนนเพชรบุรี
4. Makkasan มักกะสัน

Landmarks[edit]

Victory Monument

Victory Monument was built by Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram to honour the 59 soldiers who died in the French-Thai War. The opening ceremony was held on 24 June 1942. It was built to the shape of five bayonets joined together and five statues around its base representing army, navy, air force, police, and civilian bureaucracy. There are 809 names inscribed below the statues, including the losses from World War II and the Korean War. The BTS skytrain station is nearby, and it used to be a major bus hub (until the 2016 when the bus hub was relocated to Mo Chit 2 Bus Station, platform area 3).

Baiyoke Tower (151 meters high, 43 floors) and Baiyoke Tower II (304 m, 85 fl) are both former tallest buildings in Bangkok that cannot be missed from the skyline. They are located in proximity in the area known as Pratu Nam. (Also see Shopping section below.) The construction of Baiyoke Tower was finished in 1987 and remained the tallest until 1993. Baiyoke Tower II was finished in late 1997 and opened to public January 1998. Both buildings are mostly utilized as hotels Baiyoke Suite (in tower I) and Baiyoke Sky (tower II) with lower floors as commercial shops.

Suan Pakkad Palace is a museum exhibiting Thai antiques, from ancient to recent ones. The museum compound contains eight traditional wooden Thai houses with exhibits inside. The old Ban Chiang pottery dates back to 4,000 years ago is among the highlight exhibits and is located in a modern Chumbhot-Pantip gallery building.

Diplomatic missions[edit]

  • Embassy of East Timor[2]
  • Embassy of Indonesia[3]

Transportation[edit]

The area around the current Makkasan Railway Station is under construction for the Airport Link to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The area will become City Air Terminal with check in facility and non-stop train to the airport. The terminal also has an interchange to MRT Phetchaburi station.

Bueng Makkasan[edit]

Located in Ratchathewi district is a large artificial lake in the center of Bangkok. Bueng Makkasan (บึงมักกะสัน) is 2.4 km long, 60 m wide and 15 m deep. It is utilized for inner Bangkok flood prevention. Now the lake is covered by the system of expressway interconnections.

Health[edit]

Education[edit]

Wannasorn Tower, the Thai tutoring school hun

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and House Report for Year 2017 (see page 2 for data of this district)". Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2018-04-01. (Search page)
  2. ^ "Diplomatic and Consular List" (PDF). Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Diplomatic and Consular List" (PDF). Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ Home (Archive). Indonesian School of Bangkok. Retrieved on August 26, 2015. "600-602 Petchburi Road Bangkok 10400 Thailand"

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