Tag: Amphoe Phra Samut Chedi

Ban Sakhla

Ban Sakhla

PLACE: Ban Sakhla (สาขลา)
LOCATION: Na Kluea sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.544917, 100.501789
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: Free

Along the shores of Sapphasamit Canal lays the large community of Sakhla whose origin can be dated back to the Sukhothai or early Ayutthaya Period. They had joined the Siamese troops in driving out the Burmese armies and their legendary victory gave rise to the name “Ban Sao Kla” (the brave ladies land) which later became “Sakhla”. Cork trees, mangroves, banyans, and other local trees make the scenery vibrant with their vivid colors. The town is surrounded by shrimp and crab ponds.

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Phra Samut Chedi

Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์)

PLACE: Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์)
LOCATION: Pak Khlong Bang Pla Kot sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.600380, 100.586837
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: Free

One of the first sights that greeted foreigners arriving in Thailand 150 years ago was a brilliant white pagoda on an island in the middle of the river. The locals called it ‘Phra Chedi Klang Nam’, or Pagoda in the river. The island was partly natural caused by the accumulation of sand brought down by the flood waters. Over the years the river has silted up even more causing the island to become part of the west bank. Now the temple is more known by its official name of Phra Samut Chedi.

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Phra Chulachomklao Fort

Phra Chulachomklao Fort

PLACE: Phra Chulachomklao Fort ป้อมพระจุลจอมเกล้า
LOCATION: Laem Fapha sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi district
GPS Coordinates: 13.538183, 100.583383
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free

The Naval History Park at Chulachomklao Fortress is situated at the mouth of Chao Phraya River, Tambon Laem Fa Pha. The fortress’ compound houses a magnificent standing monument of King Rama V, which is located in the front of the fortress. Chulachomklao Fortress is a modern fort and has played an important role in protecting the sovereignty of Thailand during 1893 against unfriendly forces. During King Rama Vs reign, there was a period during which England and France were hunting for colonies. All neighbouring countries around Thailand were colonised by England and France. The king commanded that the fortresses at the rivers mouth be renovated and re-equipped, and also hired a foreigner who was a naval specialist as a consultant for planning the development of the Thai navy.

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Khun Samut Chin

PLACE: Khun Samut Chin
LOCATION: Phra Samut Chedi district
GPS Coordinates: 13.507098, 100.531188
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: free

Wat Khun Samut Trawat in Ban Khun Samut Chin, Samut Prakan Province in Thailand, is a Thai temple that has now become surrounded by the sea due to land erosion.Many of the families in Ban Khun Samut have moved their houses inland four or five times during the last two generations. In total, over one kilometre of land has been lost and a further four kilometres has been affected.The temple is the only building that hasn’t been moved yet in this community.  Most of the temple buildings have been raised on stilts, including the kutis where the monks sleep. However, the only thing that they could do with the chapel is to raise the floor.

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Phi Sua Samut Fort

Phi Sua Samut Fort

PLACE: Phi Sua Samut Fort
LOCATION: Pak Khlong Bang Pla Kot sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.595494, 100.587549
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: Free

During the late 19th Century, the colonial powers of France and to a lesser extent Great Britain were attempting to carve up parts of Siam for themselves. In order to protect his kingdom, King Rama V ordered the construction of Phra Chulachomklao Fort at the entrance to the Chao Phraya estuary. He also ordered the modernization of other forts on both sides of the river in Samut Prakan so that the approach to Bangkok could be protected. This included the fortress island of Phi Sua Samut opposite the present day city hall.

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