Wiset Chai Chan District

Wiset Chai Chan (Thai: วิเศษชัยชาญ, pronounced [wí.sèːt t͡ɕʰāj t͡ɕʰāːn]) is a district (amphoe) in the southwestern part of Ang Thong Province, central Thailand.

Wiset Chai Chan

วิเศษชัยชาญ
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin Sakayamuni Sri Wisetchaichan or better known as Great Buddha of Thailand, principal Buddha image of Wat Muang a well-known local temple, regarded as the largest Buddha image in Thailand
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin Sakayamuni Sri Wisetchaichan or better known as Great Buddha of Thailand, principal Buddha image of Wat Muang a well-known local temple, regarded as the largest Buddha image in Thailand
District location in Ang Thong Province
District location in Ang Thong Province
Coordinates: 14°35′40″N 100°20′19″E / 14.59444°N 100.33861°E / 14.59444; 100.33861Coordinates: 14°35′40″N 100°20′19″E / 14.59444°N 100.33861°E / 14.59444; 100.33861
CountryThailand
ProvinceAng Thong
Area
 • Total224.7 km2 (86.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total65,298
 • Density290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code
14110
Geocode1506

HistoryEdit

When King Naresuan the Great defeated the Burmese troops at Don Chedi, he led his troops past Phai Cham Sin. He saw the strategic potential of the area with the Noi River as a natural obstacle for the Burmese troops. Thus he established Mueang Wiset Chai Chan there.

In the Rattanakosin era, the Noi River had become shallow and was no longer navigable for water transportation. The government thus moved the central tambon of the mueang to Bang Kaeo, on the Chao Phraya River bank and called the new area Ang Thong. At the same time, they downgraded the district to Phai Cham Sin District. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) ordered the district to assume its historical name, Wiset Chai Chan. In 1979 the office district was moved to the Pho Phraya-Tha Rua Road in Tambon San Chao Rong Thong.

GeographyEdit

Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Samko, Pho Thong, Mueang Ang Thong, and Pa Mok of Ang Thong Province; Phak Hai of Ayutthaya Province and Mueang Suphanburi; and Si Prachan of Suphanburi Province.

AdministrationEdit

The district is divided into 15 sub-districts (tambons). There are two townships (thesaban tambons) within the district. San Chao Rong Thong covers parts of tambons San Chao Rong Thong and Phai Cham Sin, and Bang Chak covers parts of the tambons Bang Chak, Khlong Khanak, and Si Roi.

No. Name Thai
1. Phai Cham Sin ไผ่จำศิล
2. San Chao Rong Thong ศาลเจ้าโรงทอง
3. Phai Dam Phatthana ไผ่ดำพัฒนา
4. Sao Rong Hai สาวร้องไห้
5. Tha Chang ท่าช้าง
6. Yi Lon ยี่ล้น
7. Bang Chak บางจัก
8. Huai Khan Laen ห้วยคันแหลน
9. Khlong Khanak คลองขนาก
10. Phai Wong ไผ่วง
11. Si Roi สี่ร้อย
12. Muang Tia ม่วงเตี้ย
13. Hua Taphan หัวตะพาน
14. Lak Kaeo หลักแก้ว
15. Talat Mai ตลาดใหม่