Thon Buri District

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Thon Buri
ธนบุรี
Khet
Wat Kanlaya as seen from the river
Wat Kanlaya as seen from the river
Khet location in Bangkok
Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°43′30″N 100°29′9″E / 13.72500°N 100.48583°E / 13.72500; 100.48583Coordinates: 13°43′30″N 100°29′9″E / 13.72500°N 100.48583°E / 13.72500; 100.48583
Country Thailand
Province Bangkok
Seat Bang Yi Ruea
Khwaeng 7
Area
 • Total 8.551 km2 (3.302 sq mi)
Population (2017)
 • Total 109,482[1]
 • Density 12,803.41/km2 (33,160.7/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code 10600
Geocode 1015

Thon Buri (Thai: ธนบุรี, pronounced [tʰōn būrīː]) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. On the west bank of Chao Phraya River, it was once part of Thon Buri Province. Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Bangkok Yai, Phra Nakhon (across Chao Phraya River), Khlong San, Bang Kho Laem (across Chao Phraya), Rat Burana, Chom Thong, and Phasi Charoen.

History[edit]

In addition to the native inhabitants, the district was settled relatively early by foreigners, first Chinese merchants, then the Portuguese after the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese in 1769. In addition to the Chinese and Portuguese, there were also Muslims and Mon, from Burma, as well as French priests, particularly in the neighbourhood called Kudi Chin. The area still retains many Chinese shrines, mosques, and Santa Cruz Church, the second Catholic church to be built in Thailand.[2]

The district used to be called Amphoe Ratchakhrue (ราชคฤห์) due to a nearby wat of the same name. It was renamed Amphoe Bang Yi Ruea on 11 July 1916 (after the location of the new amphoe office), and finally to Thon Buri on 17 April 1939.[3] The district then belonged to Thon Buri Province. In December 1971 the province was merged with Bangkok to form the present day Bangkok metropolitan area.

Santa Cruz Church

Administration[edit]

The district is divided into seven sub-districts (khwaeng).

1. Wat Kanlaya วัดกัลยาณ์
2. Hiran Ruchi หิรัญรูจี
3. Bang Yi Ruea  บางยี่เรือ
4. Bukkhalo บุคคโล
5. Talat Phlu ตลาดพลู
6. Dao Khanong ดาวคะนอง
7. Samre สำเหร่

Places[edit]

  • Taksin Monument and Wongwian Yai (วงเวียนใหญ่) (technically the monument lies on Khlong San side of boundary between Thon Buri and Khlong San Districts)
  • Santa Cruz Church
  • Wat Kanlaya
  • Wat Intharam
  • Wat Bang Yi Ruea

Transportation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and House Report for Year 2017". Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2018-04-01.  (Search page)
  2. ^ Wancharoen, Supoj (28 April 2018). "A delicious slice of history". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  3. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามอำเภอ กิ่งอำเภอ และตำบลบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 56 (0 ก): 354–364. April 17, 1939. 

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