Ratchaburi

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Ratchaburi
ราชบุรี
Town
Highway, Ratchaburi
Highway, Ratchaburi
Ratchaburi is located in Thailand
Ratchaburi
Coordinates: 13°32′8″N 99°48′48″E / 13.53556°N 99.81333°E / 13.53556; 99.81333Coordinates: 13°32′8″N 99°48′48″E / 13.53556°N 99.81333°E / 13.53556; 99.81333[1]
Country Thailand
Province Ratchaburi Province
District Mueang Ratchaburi District
Subdistrict Na Mueang
Population (2006)
 • Total 38,208
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)

Ratchaburi or Rat Buri (Thai: ราชบุรี) is a town (thesaban mueang) in western Thailand, capital of Ratchaburi Province.

Ratchaburi town covers the whole tambon Na Mueang (หน้าเมือง) of Mueang Ratchaburi District.[2] As of 2006 it had a population of 38,208.

History

At one time the town was on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Over time the coast has moved 30 km (18 miles) away to the south, due to sedimentation coming down the Mae Klong (river). Ratchaburi remains an important commercial centre, however. Archeological discoveries show that the area was already settled in the Bronze Age, and the town itself is known to have existed for at least two thousand years.

In the 13th century Ram Khamhaeng seized Ratchaburi and incorporated it into the Sukhothai Kingdom. Later it was an important trade centre in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In 1768 the Burmese (who had recently destroyed Ayutthaya) were thrown out of Ratchaburi by King Taksin, and the town became part of Siam.

References

  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ Thaitambon.com, Accessed 11 May 2011 (in Thai)

External links

  • Media related to Ratchaburi at Wikimedia Commons
  • Ratchaburi travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • City of Ratchaburi (in Thai)
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