Nakhon Pathom (Thai: นครปฐม, pronounced [náʔkʰɔ̄ːn pā.tʰǒm]) is a city (thesaban nakhon) in central Thailand, the former capital of Nakhon Pathom Province. One of the most important landmarks is the giant Phra Pathom Chedi. The city is also home to Thailand's only Bhikkhuni temple Wat Song Thammakanlayani (วัดทรงธรรมกัลยาณี), which is also open to women from abroad.
City of Nakhon Pathom|
|District||Mueang Nakhon Pathom|
|• Type||City Municipality|
|• Mayor||Ekaphan Kuptawat|
|• Total||19.85 km2 (7.66 sq mi)|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
|Area code||(+66) 34|
The city lies 57 km west of Bangkok.
According to Charles Higham, "Two silver medallions from beneath a sanctuary at Nakhon Pathom, the largest of the moated sites, proclaim that it was 'the meritorious work of the King of Sri Dvaravati', the Sanskrit term Dvaravati meaning 'that which has gates'. The script is in south Indian characters of the seventh century." Nakhon Pathom was the largest Dvaravati center.:301–302,304