Yasothon Province

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Yasothon
ยโสธร
Province
Flag of Yasothon
Flag
Official seal of Yasothon
Seal
Map of Thailand highlighting Yasothon Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Yasothon Province
Country Thailand
Capital Yasothon
Government
 • Governor Buntham Loetsukhikasem (since October 2015)
Area
 • Total 4,161.7 km2 (1,606.8 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 54th
Population (2014)
 • Total 540,211[1]
 • Rank Ranked 44th
 • Density rank Ranked 29th
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
ISO 3166 code TH-35

Yasothon (Thai: ยโสธร, pronounced [já.sǒː.tʰɔ̄ːn]) is a province (changwat) of Thailand, in the northeast on the Chi River. The province was established by the revolutionary council of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, after its Announcement No. 70 which came into force on 3 March 1972.

Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, and Roi Et.

Geography[edit]

The northern part of the province are plains with low hills, while the southern part is the river lowland of the River Chi, with ponds and swamps.

Geology[edit]

Yasothon soils (rhodic ferralsols,) formed in the Triassic before the uplift of the Khorat Plateau, are relict soils made fertile by field termites through bioturbation.[2]

History[edit]

The province was created on 1 March 1972, when it was split off from Ubon Ratchathani Province.

Symbols[edit]

The seal of the province shows two mythical lions, called singh, facing the chedi Pra A-non, in the temple Wat Maha That in the city of Yasothon. In the legendary account of the founding of the city, a lion came out of the forest when the site was chosen; hence the city was called Ban Singh Tha (Thai: บ้านสิงห์ท่า), Home (of) Imposing Lion. (For facts behind the legend, and of two men called Singh, see the city's history).

At the bottom of the seal is a lotus flower (Nymphaea lotus), as the lotus is both the provincial flower of the province and of Ubon Ratchathani Province, of which Yasothon was part until 1972. The provincial tree is Anisoptera costata.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map of Amphoe

The province is divided into nine districts (amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 78 communes (tambon) and 835 villages (muban).

  1. Mueang Yasothon
  2. Sai Mun
  3. Kut Chum
  4. Kham Khuean Kaeo
  5. Pa Tio
  1. Maha Chana Chai
  2. Kho Wang
  3. Loeng Nok Tha
  4. Thai Charoen

Transport[edit]

Pedicab delivering goods

Yasothon is about 500 km (310 mi) from Bangkok at the intersection of Highways of Thailand Routes 23 and 202, and the southern end of Route 2169. Pedicabs serve the city. Tuk-tuks are prohibited. Motorcycle taxis with yellow license plates and drivers with identifying vests serve outlying areas and may take passengers about within the city limits. Several bus lines connect daily and at frequent intervals to Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (often called Mo Chit Mai หมอชิดใหม่) and the North Pattaya Terminal, as well as all bus terminals in the north and northeast. Train and air services connect Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani Province, 100 kilometres east on Route 23. Yasothon's bus terminal re-located from the city centre to the Route 23 Bypass just east of the Ban Kham Noi Junction with Vittaya Thamrong Road/Rural Road YS-2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population of the Kingdom" (PDF). Department of Provincial Affairs (DOPA) Thailand (in Thai). 2014-12-31. Retrieved 19 Mar 2015. 
  2. ^ Lofjle & Kubiniok, Landform development and bioturbation on the Khorat plateau, Northeast Thailand, Nat.Hist.Bull.Siam Soc. (56), 1996 [1][not specific enough to verify]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 15°48′8″N 104°8′23″E / 15.80222°N 104.13972°E / 15.80222; 104.13972