Nakhon Pathom

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Nakhon Pathom

City of Nakhon Pathom
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Nakhon Pathom
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 13°49′14″N100°03′45″E / 13.82056°N 100.06250°E / 13.82056; 100.06250
Country Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Province Nakhon Pathom
District Mueang Nakhon Pathom
  TypeCity Municipality
  MayorEkaphan Kuptawat
  Total19.85 km2 (7.66 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Area code (+66) 34

Nakhon Pathom (Thai : นครปฐม, pronounced  [náʔkʰɔ̄ːn pā.tʰǒm] ) is a city ( thesaban nakhon ) in central Thailand, the former capital of Nakhon Pathom Province. One of the most important landmarks is the giant Phra Pathom Chedi. [1] The city is also home to Thailand's only Bhikkhuni temple Wat Song Thammakanlayani (วัดทรงธรรมกัลยาณี), which is also open to women from abroad. [2]


Nakhon Pathom houses a campus of Silpakorn University within the Sanam Chan Palace.

The city lies 57 km west of Bangkok.

According to Charles Higham, "Two silver medallions from beneath a sanctuary at Nakhon Pathom, the largest of the moated sites, proclaim that it was 'the meritorious work of the King of Sri Dvaravati', the Sanskrit term Dvaravati meaning 'that which has gates'. The script is in south Indian characters of the seventh century." Nakhon Pathom was the largest Dvaravati center. [3] :301–302,304

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  1. "Phra Pathom Chedi". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. "Wat Songdhammakalyani". On Thailand & Engaged Buddhism. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. Higham, Charles., 2014, Early Mainland south-east Asia, Bangkok: River Books Co., Ltd., ISBN   9786167339443

Coordinates: 13°49′14″N100°03′45″E / 13.82056°N 100.06250°E / 13.82056; 100.06250