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Sing Buri (Thai: สิงห์บุรี, pronounced [sǐŋ būrīː]) is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand.[1] Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, and Chai Nat.

Sing Buri

สิงห์บุรี
Monument of eleven leaders of Khai Bangrachan
Monument of eleven leaders of Khai Bangrachan
Flag of Sing Buri
Flag
Official seal of Sing Buri
Seal
Motto(s): 
Land of heroes and courageous people, the reclining Buddha image, famous fish of Mae La, and the trading area of the central region
Map of Thailand highlighting Sing Buri Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Sing Buri Province
CountryThailand
CapitalSing Buri town
Area
 • Total822.5 km2 (317.6 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 73rd
Population
 (2014)
 • Total212,158
 • RankRanked 72nd
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Density rankRanked 11th
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
ISO 3166 codeTH-17

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EtymologyEdit

The word sing originates from Sanskrit singh meaning 'lion' and buri, from Sanskrit puri meaning buri mueang 'fortified city' or 'town'. Hence the literal translation is 'lion city', sharing the same root as Singapore.

GeographyEdit

Sing Buri is on the flat river plain of the Chao Phraya River valley.

HistoryEdit

The area of Sing Buri held an important position in early Thai history from the Dvaravati period down to the Ayutthaya period. Formerly the province was separated into three small provinces, In Buri, Prom Buri, and Sing Buri, which were unified by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1895.[1]

SymbolsEdit

Seal of the fort of Khai Bangrachan, the old seal of Sing Buri Province
Seal of the Monument of eleven leaders of Khai Bangrachan, the seal of Sing Buri Province since 2004.[2]

The provincial seal shows the fort of Khai Bangrachan, a historical monument. When the Burmese attacked Ayutthaya in 1765, 11 villagers from Bangrachan fought the army when it stopped north of Ayutthaya. They managed to delay them for five months before they were finally defeated, soon thereafter Ayutthaya fell as well. Annually on 4 February a ceremony is held in remembrance of these local heroes. This story was also made into a movie in Thailand.

The provincial tree is the Red Sandalwood Tree (Adenanthera pavonina).

Administrative divisionsEdit

The province is divided into six districts (amphoes).[1] The districts are further subdivided into 43 communes (tambons) and 363 villages (mubans).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Sing Buri". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2547/E/129/001.PDF

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