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Amphoe Sam Phran
Sam Phran

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Luang Por Wat Rai Khing, principal Buddha image of Wat Rai Khing, Tambon Rai, Sam Phran District, next to Tha Chin River
Luang Por Wat Rai Khing, principal Buddha image of Wat Rai Khing, Tambon Rai, Sam Phran District, next to Tha Chin River
District location in Nakhon Pathom Province
District location in Nakhon Pathom Province
Coordinates: 13°43?27?N 100°13?0?E / 13.72417°N 100.21667°E / 13.72417; 100.21667Coordinates: 13°43?27?N 100°13?0?E / 13.72417°N 100.21667°E / 13.72417; 100.21667
CountryThailand
ProvinceNakhon Pathom
SeatSam Phran
Area
 o Total249.347 km2 (96.273 sq mi)
Population
(2017)
 o Total208,836
 o Density837.53/km2 (2,169.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code73110
Geocode7306

Sam Phran (Thai: ?, pronounced [s?:m p?r?:n]) is the southernmost district (amphoe) of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand.

History

The district was established in 1896, then named Talat Mai District. It was renamed Sam Phran in 1917.[1]

The name Sam Phran, meaning 'three hunters', refers to three hunters of Thai folklore.[2]

The district was the site of the Kader Toy Factory fire in 1993, the worst industrial factory fire in history. The factory was owned by the Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, a Thai transnational corporation and one of Asia's largest agribusiness firms.

Geography

The district is elongated in an east-west direction and neighbouring districts are (from the north clockwise) Mueang Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Chai Si, and Phutthamonthon of Nakhon Pathom Province, Thawi Watthana District and Nong Khaem of Bangkok, Krathum Baen and Ban Phaeo of Samut Sakhon Province, and Bang Phae of Ratchaburi Province.

The main water resource of the district is the large Tha Chin River or Nakhon Chai Si River which meanders through the district in a southeasterly direction.

Sam Phran District has evolved as a ribbon development of tambons (sub-districts) along Phetkasem Road, a major thoroughfare linking Bangkok with the cities of Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi.

Economy

The district is the site of two Wai Wai noodle factories, one each in Om Yai and Rai Khing.[3]

The Tha Kham Sub-district (usually written Takham), is the centre of the Roman Catholic Christian religion in Thailand.[] Michael Michai Kitbunchu, Cardinal of Thailand, was born in Sam Phran and many Catholic religious institutes have their convents, monasteries, and headquarters in the area as well as Thailand's major seminary. The largest and most important installation in the Catholic enclave of Tha Kham is the campus shared by Joseph Upatham School, one of the largest combined kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools in the country. It is one of the 43 schools and colleges governed by the Education Department of Bangkok Archdiocese (EDBA). The Ban Phu Waan Pastoral Training Centre, a leading Catholic conference and convention centre is also here. There are several other large private schools in Tak Kham including St. Peter's school (mixed gender, grades K-9) also governed by the EDBA in the parish of St. Peter, and Marie Upatham, an independent Catholic school for girls in the Tha Kham village of Mor Sii.[]

Sam Phran is the site of the National Police Academy and numerous other colleges including St. Joseph Intertechnology College, a Catholic vocational school and teacher training centre also governed by the EDBA.[]

Administration

The district is divided into 16 sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 137 villages (mubans). Sam Phran is a town (thesaban mueang) and Om Yai a sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon). There are a further 15 tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

No. Name Thai Villages Pop.
1. Tha Kham ? 6 9,880
2. Song Khanong ? 6 4,140
3. Hom Kret 6 8,015
4. Bang Krathuek 8 9,470
5. Bang Toei 7 4,016
6. Sam Phran ? 9 12,430
7. Bang Chang ? 11 7,638
8. Rai Khing 14 22,406
9. Tha Talat ? 10 14,848
10. Krathum Lom ? 9 16,398
11. Khlong Mai 7 11,326
12. Talat Chinda 11 7,397
13. Khlong Chinda 14 11,579
14. Yai Cha 6 7,102
15. Ban Mai 5 9,142
16. Om Yai 8 15,775

Places of interest

Notable people

References

  1. ^ ? (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 34 (?): 40-68. April 29, 1917.
  2. ^ . yaicha.net (in Thai). December 31, 2006.
  3. ^ Jitpleecheep, Pitsinee (2019-03-30). "Gaining ground on its rival, one bowl at a time". Bangkok Post. Retrieved .

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