|Nakhon Pathom is located in an alluvial plain in the central region, about 58 kms by road from Bangkok. Generally, it is an area of alluvia plain which is drained by the Tha Chin River, covering an area of 2,168,327 sq kms or about 1,355,204 sq Rai. It is an old city which has an interesting history dating back thousands of years. It was well known as a center of cultural development and prosperity. From the evidence revealed by extensive excavation in the past, we have learned a lot of things which have historical and archaeological value, such as Phra Pathom Chedi and Dhammacakra (Symbol of the completeness of the Dhamma) etc.
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Loi Krathong Festival
As the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) lights up the night sky, throughout the Thai kingdom, hundreds of thousands of ornately-decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways in a spell-binding ritual called Loi Krathong - the 'festival of lights". This is one of the Kingdom's oldest and best-preserved traditions.
Paying homage to Phra Pathom Chedi Fair
Hold in during the 12th, waxing moon day to the 4th, waning moon day on the 12Th, lunar month of every year. The festival fair for Paying home to Phra Pathom Chedi is held annually for nine days and nights. There are all kinds of entertainment as well as displays of the local products. Activiites include:
- Paying homage to a relic of Lord Buddha and Phra Pathom Chedi and making merit.
- Attending red cross activities.
- Participating in activities of local schools and government sections.
- Practicing gun shooting organized by the police.
- Buying various kinds of goods and products from factories, companies and stores.
Jumbo Banquet & Jumbo Queen Contest
The Jumbo Queen Contest was first held in 1st May 1997 to celebrate the annual Jumbo Banquet.And seek for representative to lead a caravan of favorite food and fruits in the annual Jumbo Banquet. A Jumbo Queen is a lady who best exhibits the characteristics of the majestic pachyderm to persuade people to support the cause of elephant conservation in Thailand.The search has begun go find the Jumbo Queen, a well-padded young woman with the right personality to front a campaign to... promote the conservation of elephant cause in Thailand.
Songkran Traditional Festival
Of all the feasts and festivals in Thailand, which are many, the Songkran Festival is the most striking. It starts April 13 and lasts between 3 days, depending on where you are in Thailand. The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit meaning the beginning of a new Solar Year, but nowadays Thailand celebrates the New Year on 31 December.
The Thai people celebrate this festival with water. Everyone gets soaking wet and since it is the hottest season of the year, the custom is quite refreshing. Songkran is a Public Spring Cleaning Day, supported by the religious belief that anything old and useless must be thrown away or it will bring bad luck to the owner.
Gliding Luang Por Wat Rai Khing Festival
Held during the 13th waxing moon day to the 4th waning moon day of the 5th lunar month, every year, altogether 8 days and 8 nights. Many forms of entertainment are available such as musical performance, Lie-Kay (Thai song and dance performance), Movies. Local goods are also available for sale.
Food Staff and Fruit Fair
Phra Pathom Chedi fare held annually during the Chinese New Year period aims at introducing well-known agricultural products of Nakhon Pathom such as pomeloes, coconuts with flavored milk, oranges, guavas, bananas, grapes, Chinese pork sausages, dried and crispy sweeter pork. Additionally, the fair's purpose is to promote tourism in Nakhon Pathom.
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Phra Pathom Chedi
The provincial capital's major landmark is the Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's tallest Buddhist monument. The 380-foot-chedi dominates the provincial capital and marks the spot where, it is believed, Buddhism was introduced to the Thailand-to-be more than 2,000 years ago. The orange-tiled chedi dates from the mid-1850s, and encases an earlier chedi attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world, and hosts each November a ten-day fair which combines merriment and traditional entertainment with solemn religious merit making.
Center of Musical Cultural Ban Song-Sang
At Ratchadamnoen Rd., Muang District.
Wat Phra Mainru
is situated on Phetkasem Road near the moat of the town. This temple has an exotic andbeautiful pagoda. The marble Buddha image is also in Burmese style. It is a very splendid temple.
National Museum of Phra Pathom Chedi
Located within the compound of Phra Pathom Chedi, are some ancient arts and objects which are mainlyof
Dvaravati style whicharehoused in the museum.
Wat Phra Patone Chedi
An ancient Wat of Dvaravati Period, it is located at Suan Nantha Utthayan, Tambon Jorakeh. A number of religious arts, artifacts can be found in this wat such as bronze Buddha images, parts of the limb of the Buddha image Sila Kao and the guarding giant, lion including parts of the intricately decorative items of the ruined Chedi.
Wat Don Yai Hom
Located in Tambon Don Yai Hom, it is generally known as "Wat KokYai Hom". At the present time, it is an archaeological site, a ruinwhich is called "Nearn Phra". Regarding Wat Kok Yai Hom which was located in Moo 3, Tambon Don Yai Hom is an old wat which has become almost dilapidated.
Sanam Chan Palace
Located about 2 kms, west of Phra Pathom Chedi, covering an area of 888 rai, 3 ngarn, 4 sq wah, there are a number of exquisite royal residences and palaces during the reign of King Rama VI available as follows: Piman Pathom Hall, Wat-Charee Rommaya Hall, The Charli Mongkol Asna building, The Marie Raja Rata Ballang building, The Tabkaew Hall, The Tabkwan Hall, Ruen Tabcharoen, The Monument of King Rama VI, Sri Nam Chand.
Amphoe Bang Lane
Located in Tambon Bang Pla, it is a Thai Song Dam group that migrated from a village in Nong Pra, AmphoeKhao Yoy Phetchaburi Province. The Word Song Dam is distorted from the word Suang, or Song which are translated as "a pair of trousers". Sometimes we refer this group of people as Lao Song Dam or Thai song dam, the word DAM, in this case, means the dresses, because they are likely to dress in black clothing. The dam is likely to put on black pants with fitted legs which is called "SONGKOM". Sometimes they wear long black sleeve shirts which are called "SUA HEE". The woman is likely to wear a sarong having black and white stripe alternatively lengthwise which is called "SIN LAO". The folklore musical instrument is called "KHAN". Thai Song Dam posses handicraft abilities in making household utensils, in wicker-work, in weaving cloths and other household appliances
Amphoe Nakhon Chaisri
Located in Moo1, Tambon Huay Plu, in front of the Wat area, there is a converging place of fish. They come to this place naturally such as Swai, Thepoe, Tapien, and Hang-Daeng. They are all natives of the Tha Chin River. This Utthayarn Pla is about 11 kms from the intersection to the Amphoe's office.
The Thai Human Imagery Museum
At Km 31 on the Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisi route houses a collection of life-sized and extremely realistic fiberglass sculptures depicting everyday Thais at work and play, revered Buddhist ecclesiastics, the history of slavery in Thailand, and their final emancipation in 1905, the first eight kings of the ruling Chakri dynasty and mythological from the most popular of Thai literary epics.
The Thai Imagery Museum is open daily, Monday to Friday between 9.00 A.M. and 5.30 P.M., and weekends and public holidays from 8.30 A.M. until 6.00 P.M. The admission fee is 200 Baht per person.
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Air-con buses 83 and 997 leave from the Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal(in Thonburi) for Nakhon Pathom, buses go every 10 minutes from 4:10AM until 9:30PM.
There are also more frequent trains from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station throughout the day.
Depart f rom Bangkok, driving on the old route of Petchakasem Road (Highway No.4) passing Aom Noi, Aom Yai, Sam Phran to Nakhon Pathom. The new route is Highway No. 338 and originates on Pinklao Road, passing Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Chaisi to Nakhon Pathom.
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