original name of Changwat Pathum Thani is Muang
Sam Khok whch was founded during the Ayutthaya
era and was the settlemen for Mon People migrating
from Mohtama during the reigns of King Prasat
Thong and King Narai the Great. During the reign
of King Taksin there were some additional Mon
families who moved into Ban Sam Khok whick is
now the location of
Amphoe Sam Khok.
year 1815 when King Phra Phuttha Lertla made
a royal visit to Muang Sam Khok, a lot of the
inhabitants of Sam Khok offered him lotus flowers.
He then gave to Sam Khok the new name of Prathum
Thani. Later on, the spelling was changed to
be Pathum Thani during the reign of King Vajiravudh
when he came to preside at the inaugaration
of the Provincial Administrative building (Sala
in the year 1981.
Pathum Thani is only 46 kilometers from Bangkok,
conveniently accessible both by land and wter
transport. It occupies a total area of 1,565
square kilometers and is administratively divided
into seven Amphoes: Muang,
Lat Lum Kaeo, Sam
Khok, Thanyaburi, Nong Sua, Khlong Luang, and
Lam Luk Ka.
Pathum Thani Attractions:
City Pillar Shrine The shrine, located in the compound of Sala Klang, was constructed on January 3,1977 having a four-gabled design to house the city pillar, it is similar to a lotus stem and a statue of the Narai God.
On one side is enshrined a Buddha image of Sukhothai style in the attitude of Subduing Evil.
This monastery is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River slightly opposit the mouth of Khlong Rangsit Prayunsak in the vicinity of Amphoe Muang; it is two kilometers from the intersection of the Krung Thep-Pathum Thani Road. The original name was Wat Makham Tai. The main interest are mural painting telling of the Lord Buddha's previous lives; they are called "Phra Chao Sip Chat" (ten lives of the Lord) with poetic descriptions.
This monastery is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River three kilometers from the township area. It is believed to be the first monastery constructed in the migrating Mon community. The important points here are Luang Pho To, the Ayutthaya style Buddha image in the attitude of Subduing Evil; pavilions; museum; archaeological materials of Mon style; and a bedstead of King Rama II, utilized by him when he made a royal visit to Muang Sam Khok.
The villagers living around the monastery still produce old style Mon bricks a famous domestic industry. More