Mueang Phuket District

Mueang Phuket District (Thai: เมืองภูเก็ต, pronounced [mɯ̄a̯ŋ pʰūː.kèt]) is the capital district (amphoe mueang) of Phuket Province, Thailand. Phuket town itself is in the district's northeast.

Mueang Phuket

เมืองภูเก็ต
District location in Phuket Province
District location in Phuket Province
Coordinates: 7°53′24″N 98°23′6″E / 7.89000°N 98.38500°E / 7.89000; 98.38500Coordinates: 7°53′24″N 98°23′6″E / 7.89000°N 98.38500°E / 7.89000; 98.38500
CountryThailand
ProvincePhuket
SeatTalat Yai
Area
 • Total224.0 km2 (86.5 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total196,733
 • Density878.3/km2 (2,275/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code83000 and 83100
Geocode8301

GeographyEdit

 
Phromthep Cape

The district encompasses the southern part of the island of Phuket. The western and southern coast consists of several heavily used beaches, from the northwest counter-clockwise: Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Nai Han, Rawai, and Friendship Beach along Chalong Bay. The beaches are separated from each other by rocky capes, most notably Phromthep Cape at the southernmost tip of the island.

HistoryEdit

Originally named Thung Kha (ทุ่งคา), it was renamed Mueang Phuket on 14 November 1938.[1]

TemplesEdit

 
Pagoda, Wat Chalong

The most important of the 29 Buddhist temples of Phuket is Wat Chalong (วัดฉลอง or, more formally, วัดไชยธาราราม). It is dedicated to two venerated monks, Luang Pho Chaem (หลวงพ่อแช่ม) and Luang Pho Chuang (หลวงพ่อช่วง), who, with their knowledge of herbal medicine, helped those injured in a tin miners rebellion in 1876.

AdministrationEdit

The district is divided into eight sub-districts (tambons), which are further subdivided into 44 villages (mubans). The town of Phuket has city status (thesaban nakhon) and covers tambons Talad Yai and Talad Nuea; Karon, Ratsada, Rawai, and Wichit have sub-district municipality status (thesaban tambon) and each cover the complete same-named tambon. Chalong and Ko Kaeo have a tambon administrative organizations (TAO).

Nr. Name Thai name Villages Pop.
1. Talat Yai ตลาดใหญ่ - 52,192
2. Talat Nuea ตลาดเหนือ - 23,381
3. Ko Kaeo เกาะแก้ว 7 10,136
4. Ratsada รัษฎา 7 33,534
5. Wichit วิชิต 9 38,701
6. Chalong ฉลอง 10 18,072
7. Rawai ราไวย์ 7 13,623
8. Karon กะรน 4 7,094
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ พระราชกฤษฎีกาเปลี่ยนนามจังหวัด และอำเภอบางแห่ง พุทธศักราช ๒๔๘๑ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 55 (0 ก): 658. November 14, 1938.

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