Kathu District

Kathu District (Thai: กะทู้, pronounced [kā.tʰúː]) is a district (amphoe) of Phuket Province, Thailand. The district is in the west of Phuket Island. It borders Thalang to the north, Mueang Phuket to the east and south, and the Andaman Sea to the west.

Kathu

กะทู้
District location in Phuket Province
District location in Phuket Province
Coordinates: 7°54′32″N 98°20′0″E / 7.90889°N 98.33333°E / 7.90889; 98.33333Coordinates: 7°54′32″N 98°20′0″E / 7.90889°N 98.33333°E / 7.90889; 98.33333
CountryThailand
ProvincePhuket
SeatKathu
Area
 • Total67.09 km2 (25.90 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total43,541
 • Density649/km2 (1,680/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code83150
Geocode8302

GeographyEdit

Kathu is the district which includes the tourist beach of Patong. Kamala Beach to the north is much less developed.

HistoryEdit

On 5 December 1938 the district was downgraded to a minor district (king amphoe) and became a subordinate of Mueang Phuket District.[1] It was upgraded to a full district again on 10 December 1959.[2]

During the King Mongkut (Rama IV)'s regin in early Rattanakosin period, Kathu has experienced tragedy when two Chinese triad gangs were killed here. Mueang Phuket gangsters has lured Kathu gangsters to eat here and seize the opportunity to burn them alive, 413 people were killed and only one survived. Nowadays, a shrine has been established to dedicate to them, named Tong Yong Su (Chinese: 忠勇祠; pinyin: zhōngyǒng cí), which means "the shrine of courageous and upright ancestors".[3]

AdministrationEdit

The district is divided into three sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 14 villages (mubans). Patong has town (thesaban mueang) status, Kathu has sub-district municipality (thesaban tambon) status, and Kamala is led by a tambon administrative organization (TAO). Each of the municipalities has the name of the sub-district.

Nr. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Kathu กะทู้ 8 20,239
2. Pa Tong ป่าตอง - 17,843
3. Kamala กมลา 6 5,459
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง ยุบอำเภอกะทู้ลงเป็นกิ่งอำเภอ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 55 (0 ง): 2966. December 5, 1938.
  2. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอชุมพวง อำเภอเชียงยืน อำเภอแก้งคร้อ อำเภอสำโรงทาบ อำเภอคอนสาร อำเภอเซกา อำเภอทุ่งเสลี่ยม อำเภอบ้านด่าน อำเภอขนอม อำเภอบ้านแพรก อำเภอกระทู้ และอำเภอคลองใหญ่ พ.ศ. ๒๕๐๒ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 76 (113 ก special): 8–11. December 10, 1959.
  3. ^ Baray (2014-12-14). "ตำนาน...ศาลต่องย่องสู" [Legend of...Tong Yong Su Shrine]. Thai Rath (in Thai).

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