Phra Pradaeng District
Amphoe location in Samut Prakan Province
|• Total||73.370 km2 (28.328 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,673.14/km2 (6,923.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
Neighboring districts are (from the west clockwise) Thung Khru District, Rat Burana District, Yan Nawa District, Khlong Toei District, Phra Khanong District and Bang Na District (all Bangkok), and the districts Mueang Samut Prakan, and Phra Samut Chedi of Samut Prakan. The district is on a bend of the Chao Phraya River.
Phra Pradeang was the original center of the area south of Bangkok near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. Originally named "Nakhon Khuan Khan" (นครเขื่อนขันธ์), it was settled by Mon people. In 1815, King Rama II built the Pom Phlaeng Faifa Fort at the river's bend. The fort is now a small park and is accessible to visitors.
In 1819, the new town Samut Prakan (or Paknam) was established. Due to economic problems in the early-1930s, several administrative entities were abolished, including Phra Phradaeng Province, which had its districts assigned to Samut Prakan and Thonburi effective 1 April 1932.
A two kilometre tramway across the neck of the Phra Pradaeng river bend opened in 1908 and closed c. 1940. Operated by a private company, the motorised trams connected with motorboat services to Bangkok and to Paknam at each end of the line. The tram cut a considerable time off the up and downriver journey by avoiding the long river bend.
The district is divided into 15 sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 67 villages (muban). The town (thesaban mueang) Phra Pradaeng covers the tambon Talad, the town Lat Luang, the tambon Bang Phueng, Bang Chak, and Bang Kharu. The township (thesaban tambon) Samrong Thai covers the tambon Samrong Tai, Samrong, Samron Klang, Bang Hua Suea, and Bang Ya Phraek. There are six tambon administrative organizations (TAO) for the tambon not covered by the municipalities.
|5.||Bang Ya Phraek||บางหญ้าแพรก||-||21,339|
|6.||Bang Hua Suea||บางหัวเสือ||-||12,427|
|10.||Bang Nam Phueng||บางน้ำผึ้ง||11||4,904|
|12.||Bang Ko Bua||บางกอบัว||13||7,235|
- พระบรมราชโองการ ประกาศ ยุบรวมท้องที่บางมณฑลและบางจังหวัด (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 48 (0 ก): 576. February 21, 1932.
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