Sathing Phra District

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Sathing Phra

สทิงพระ
Amphoe location in Songkhla Province
Amphoe location in Songkhla Province
Coordinates: 7°28′24″N 100°26′18″E / 7.47333°N 100.43833°E / 7.47333; 100.43833Coordinates: 7°28′24″N 100°26′18″E / 7.47333°N 100.43833°E / 7.47333; 100.43833
CountryThailand
ProvinceSongkhla
Area
 • Total120.0 km2 (46.3 sq mi)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total50,089
 • Density417.4/km2 (1,081/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code90190
Geocode9002

Sathing Phra (Thai: สทิงพระ, pronounced [sā.tʰīŋ pʰráʔ]) is a district (amphoe) in the northern part of Songkhla Province, southern Thailand.

Geography[edit]

Neighboring districts are (from the south clockwise) Singhanakhon of Songkhla Province, Pak Phayun of Phatthalung Province, Krasae Sin and Ranot of Songkhla Province. To the east is the Gulf of Thailand.

The western part of the district is at the shore of the Thale Luang, the northern part of the Songkhla Lake.

History[edit]

The ancient port city of Satingpra was one of the most important trading centres of the Tambralinga kingdom. Archaeological digs and investigations conducted toward the end of the 20th century testify the existence of a fortified citadel protected by a moat and a quadrangular surrounding wall made of brick. A sophisticated system of canals connected the sea to the Songkhla Lake permitting the circulations of ships. The excavations brought to light artifacts of great historical and artistic value.[1] The modern district was originally named Chathing Phra, it was renamed to Sathing Phra in 1961.[2]

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into 11 sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 79 villages (muban). Sathing Phra is a township (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of tambon Cha Thing Phra.

No. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Chathing Phra จะทิ้งพระ 7 6,009
2. Kradang-nga กระดังงา 7 4,674
3. Sanam Chai สนามชัย 5 4,012
4. Di Luang ดีหลวง 8 3,608
5. Chumphon ชุมพล 7 5,664
6. Khlong Ri คลองรี 9 3,787
7. Khu Khut คูขุด 9 5,657
8. Tha Hin ท่าหิน 9 4,345
9. Wat Chan วัดจันทร์ 6 3,778
10. Bo Daeng บ่อแดง 6 4,794
11. Bo Dan บ่อดาน 6 3,761

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michel Jacq-Hergoualc'h (2002). BRILL (ed.). The Malay Peninsula: Crossroads of the Maritime Silk-Road (100 Bc-1300 Ad). Translated by Victoria Hobson. pp. 411–416. ISBN 90-04-11973-6.
  2. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนชื่ออำเภอและตำบลบางแห่ง พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๔ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 78 (33 ก): 382-. April 11, 1961.