Tag: Tambon Pak Khlong Bang Pla Kot

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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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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