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Amnat Charoen Province
Amnat Charoen (อำนาจเจริญ) is one of the north-eastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (clockwise from the south) Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon and Mukdahan. To the east it borders Salavan of Laos.
Capital: Amnat Charoen
Area: 3,161.2 km² Ranked 60th
Inhabitants: 359,360 (2000)
Pop. density: 114 inh./km²
The province is located in the Mekong valley. The other two rivers in the province are the Lam Sae Bok and Lam Sae Bai.
Amnat Charoen gained city status during the reign of King Rama III. It was first administered from Nakhon Khemarat, and later from Ubon Ratchathani. It became a province in its own right on January 12, 1993, when it was split off from Ubon Ratchathani. It is thus one of the three youngest provinces of Thailand, together with Nong Bua Lam Phu and Sa Kaeo.
In the middle of the provincial seal is an image of the Buddha called Phra Mongkol Ming Muang. Also known as Phra Yai (Big Buddha), this 20m high statue is the most sacred one in the city of Amnat Charoen. To the left and right are two trees, to the bottom two elephants.
The provincial tree is Hopea ferrea.
The province is subdivided into 7 districts (Amphoe). The districts are further subdivided into 56 communes (tambon) and 653 villages.
· Mueang Amnat Charoen
· Pathum Ratchawongsa
· Hua Taphan
· Lue Amnat
Related Links :
Introduction to the province and local
- Don Chao Poo
Provides photos and information about Monkey Village in Amnatchoeleon.