Marine Battle Fortresses, Chedi in the Water, Crocodile Farm, Exquisite Ancient City, Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival, Tasty Dried Snakeskin Gourami, Rap Bua Festival, Industrial Estate
|The provincial seal shows the temple Phra Samut Chedi, the most important site of Buddhist worship in the province. Provincial tree is Thespesia populnea.|
The province is subdivided into 6 districts (Amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 50 subdistricts (tambon) and 396 villages (muban). There are one city (thesaban nakhon), three towns (thesaban mueang) and 13 subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon). For the national elections the province is divided into 3 voting districts, one eligible for three assemblyman and the other two each for two assemblymen.
Naval Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ทหารเรือ): The museum exhibits historical information on the Royal Thai Navy and major naval battles in 2 buildings.
Muang Boran or the Ancient City (เมืองโบราณ): It covers a total area of approximately 800 rai where imitations of major tourist attractions around the country are situated such as Khao Phra Wihan, Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, Wat Mahathat, Phra Phutthabat, Phra That, Phra That Chaiya, etc.
Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo (ฟาร์มจระเข้และสวนสัตว์): It was established in 1950 and is at present the world’s largest crocodile farm, where more than 60,000 crocodiles of various sizes are bred.
Wat Klang Worawihan (วัดกลางวรวิหาร): It is a second-class royal temple of the late Ayutthaya period. A Mandapa or Mondop was constructed to house ‘Phra Phutthabat Si Roi’ – the Four Buddha’s Footprints – with a gable decorated with stucco reliefs and Bencharong crockery.
Wat Asokaram (วัดอโศการาม): As one of the province’s major temples, it has many spots of interest such as Phra Thutangkhachedi (Dhutangachedi) which is a complex of 13 chedis, and Wihan Wisuthithammarangsi, a 3-storeyed building with 4 porches and a superstructure in the form of a Mondop.
Fort Chulachomklao (ป้อมพระจุลจอมเกล้าหรือป้อมพระจุล) This is a modern fort that once played a significant role in protecting the sovereignty of the Thai nation in a historic fight in 1893. There are many spots of interest inside the fort complex including:
King Rama V the Great Monument (พระบรมราชานุสาวรีย์ พระบาทสมเด็จพระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว): A graceful monument of King Rama V the Great in the uniform of a naval general holding a sword in both hands.
HMS Mae Klong Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์เรือหลวงแม่กลอง) The Royal Thai Navy’s warship with the longest service period of 60 years discharged for deterioration by the Ministry of Defence and conserved to be a museum.
Naval Historical Park (อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์ทหารเรือ): The exhibition building puts on display photographs of the destruction from fighting and development of the Royal Thai Navy. There is also an open exhibition of naval armaments and munitions.
Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์): The chedi was constructed under the royal command of King Rama II. The chedi contains the Buddha’s relic and images of the Buddha Pacifying the Ocean and Phra Chai Wat.
Bang Namphueng Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง): The charm of this floating market is the canal side lifestyle of the community whose members are mostly Thai – Mon. Local products and famous food such as fish-scale flowers, herbal joss sticks, Hoi Thot (fried mussel pancake), Khanom Khrok or mortar-toasted pastry, mango, etc. are also offered on sale.
City Pillar Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมือง): The city pillar holds a distinctive aspect in that it has an image of the God Ganesha on top.
Phra Suea Mueang Shrine (ศาลพระเสื้อเมือง): Located at Tambon Talat, the shrine was constructed exactly at the same period as Phra Pradaeng town and is much revered by local people, as well.
Phlaeng Faifa Fort (ป้อมแผลงไฟฟ้า): The fort is partly in perfect condition and used to be a fort of Nakhon Khuean Khan, an old town fortified by several forts that was once a naval base on the Chao Phraya River estuary since the reign of King Rama I.
Wat Phaichayonphonsep Ratchaworawihan (วัดไพชยนต์พลเสพย์ราชวรวิหาร): The temple contains a magnificent Phra Ubosot and Phra Wihan as well as a principal gilded stucco image of the Buddha Subduing Mara enshrined.
Wat Prot Ket Chettharam (วัดโปรดเกศเชษฐาราม): It is the single Thai-Buddhist temple in Phra Pradaeng as other temples within the area are Mon-Buddhist. Wat Prot Ket was built by Phraya Phetphichai (Ket) in the reign of King Rama II into Chinese architecture, without traditional Thai style roof decorations.
Wat Song Tham Worawihan (วัดทรงธรรมวรวิหาร): The temple contains a large Mon-style Chedi and a Wihan built of brick and mortar with traditional teak roof decorations housing the Buddha’s footprint.
Si Nakhon Khuean Khan Public and Botanical Park (สวนสาธารณะและสวนพฤกษชาติศรีนครเขื่อนขันธ์): It was established as a public park for recreational and exercising purposes as well as for studying the ecological system of the local flora and fauna.
Hua Chiao Chaloem Phra Kiat Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์หัวเฉียวเฉลิมพระเกียรติ): It was constructed to provide assistance for fellow men and the university’s philosophy in sustaining arts and culture as well as doing research for the public benefits. The museum exhibits various aspects of the Sino-Thai relationship from past to present.
Nong Ngu Hao Farm and Tiger Farm (ฟาร์มหนองงูเห่า): It began operation in 1986 and covers a total area of approximately 10 rai where various species of cobra are bred and venom extraction and snake catching demonstrated.
Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai (วัดบางพลีใหญ่ใน): The temple was built to commemorate King Naresuan the Great’s victory over the Burmese. Later, a large bronze Buddha image of the Sukhothai style in the gesture of subduing Mara, with open eyes, was taken to be enshrined as the principal image of Phra Ubosot. The image became much revered by the people who have called it Luangpho To.
Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang (วัดบางพลีใหญ่กลาง) The temple contains an immense reclining Buddha image of approximately 53 metres long known as Somdet Phra Sakayamuni Si Sumet Bophit.
'Bang Phli Cultural Centre, Bang Phli Rat Bamrung School (ศูนย์วัฒนธรรมอำเภอบางพลี โรงเรียนบางพลีราษฎร์บำรุง) ' The upstairs exhibits folk wisdom and cultural heritage that has been exchanged among people of different ethnic origins. The downstairs displays models of the folk ways of living.
Bang Pu Seaside (สถานตากอากาศบางปู): Migratory seagulls flock to the seaside during November and April
Khanom Chak, a sweet made from flour, coconut and sugar Pu Khai, Crab with eggs,
Pla Salit, snakeskin gourami, made salted and dried. Mamuang Nam Dokmai, a sweet breed of mango, available during January – February.
Kung Yiat, stretched and dried prawn.
Song Khao Songkran Tradition (ประเพณีส่งข้าวสงกรานต์): A Mon tradition of rice offering believed to have originated from the Songkran Legend. One house in a village will be responsible for cooking plain rice which will then be soaked in jasmine-scented water to be served with savoury dishes like salted egg, fish, cabbage and beef as well as various spicy salads, sweet and fruits. All dishes will be put in banana leaf cups and arranged in a tray, waiting for young women to take them to the temples early in the morning.
Phra Samut Chedi Fair (งานนมัสการองค์พระสมุทรเจดีย์): An annual fair that attracts people from around the country to pay homage to Phra Samut Chedi for 9 days and nights, starting from the 5th day of the waning moon of the 11th lunar month. The main feature is a float contest of the procession of the red wrapping cloth for the Phra Samut Chedi around Pak Nam Market before changing to a boat procession along the Chao Phraya River to Phra Pradaeng District Office and back to the Phra Samut Chedi. Other activities include a candle light procession around the Phra Samut Chedi, boat races on the Chao Phraya River, various forms of entertainment and booth displays of numerous products.
Rap Bua or Yon Bua Festival (ประเพณีรับบัวหรือโยนบัว): A tradition long inherited by the people of Bang Phli held annually on the 13th day of the waxing moon of the 11th lunar month and early next morning. The main feature is the respect paying and procession of the Luangpho To image both by land and water. The event also features competitions of folk activities like lotus arrangement on a footed tray, boat contests and folk entertainment such as Phleng Ruea or boat song. Early next morning will be the Rap Bua or Yon Bua tradition in which people will toss Dok Bua or lotus flowers onto the boat carrying the image of Luangpho To.
Luangpho Pan Fair (งานนมัสการหลวงพ่อปาน) Bang Bo’s annual fair is held at Wat Mongkhon Khothawat around the 8th day of the waxing moon of the 12th lunar month in order to pay respect and remember the virtue of Luangpho Pan.