Basic Information - Prachinburi is a changwat in Eastern Thailand (Changwat is the name for the first level sub-national entity of Thailand, usually translated as “province”, and there are altogether 75 changwat in the country). It has an area of 4,762.4 km2, with a population of 449,621 and being 120 km away from Bangkok.
Symbol- The provincial emblem of Prachinburi shows the Bodhi tree. It symbolizes the first bodhi tree planted about 2,000 years ago in the temple Wat Si Maha Phot. The colors on the provincial seal are red and yellow - red stands for the land, and yellow for Buddhism.
The provincial tree is the Bodhi tree, and the provincial flower is the Cork Tree (Millingtonia hortensis).
Administrative Divisions -Prachinburi is subdivided into 7 amphoe (districts), which are further subdivided into 65 tambon (sub-districts) and 658 muban (villages).
The 7 amphoe are: 1. Mueang Prachinburi, 2. Kabin Buri, 3. Na Di, 4. Ban Sang, 5. Prachantakham, 6. Si Maha Phot, 7. Si Mahosot.
Fruits and Agricultural Produce
Prachinburi enjoys abundant forest resources and is well-known for its fruits and agricultural produce, which are generally recognized of high quality. These products include durians, rambutans, pomelos, mangosteens, marian plums, longan and Phai Tong bamboo shoot.
Products from Thai herbs are of various qualities and are in easy-to-use forms such as curcuma and mangosteen soap, tamarind facial foam, shampoo, toothpaste, skin lotion, lemongrass mosquito repellent, Salet Phangphon balm, herbal tea and juice and various kinds of medicine from herbs. The products are available in the Chaophya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital.
Bamboo furniture is produced in Ban Ngong and Ban Pho, Amphoe Prachantakham. The products include tables, chairs, garden furniture, shelves, etc., which are sold along the route through the production area (the way to Amphoe Phanom Sarakham).
Grass Brooms' production areas are Tambon Prachantakham and Tambon Pho Ngam in Amphoe Prachantakham.
Reed Mat is generally produced in Amphoe Ban Sang, especially widely throughout Tambon Bang Plara. It is made of reed plants including Krajut, Kok Sam Liam and Kok Langka. Most of them are woven into large mats for lying on, folding mats and bags. There are both in natural color and in dyed ones.
The Great Bodhi Tree in Prachinburi, Thailand
The Great Bodhi Tree grows in Tambon Khok Pip, Si Maha Phot, Prachinburi, Thailand. It is the country’s oldest and largest bodhi tree. The trunk is over 16 meters in circumference, taking 10 pairs of outstretched arms to encircle, and about 6 meters in height. And the upper part of the tree is approximately 3 times the height of the trunk, and about 52 meters in circumference, which provide vast shade, with the branches and leaves growing exuberantly. Shakyamuni is said to have attained enlightenment during his meditation under a bodhi tree in India before becoming a buddha. Therefore, the bodhi tree became the sacred symbol of Buddhism. It was recorded that the seedling stock of this bodhi tree was brought from India, which is 1,100 years old now. Prachinburi has put the image of this tree on the provincial seal. And Amphoe Si Maha Phot has got its name from this tree, “Phot” meaning “Bodhi” in Thai, and “Si Maha” being the adjective of supreme size, beauty and nobility. There is a wat near the tree, called Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho, where celebrations of the Buddha are held in each May.
1. Wat Kaeo Phichit: The temple is located on the right coast of Bang Pakong River in Prachinburi Municipal Area, 2 kilometres east to town. Being a major old temple, the place was built in 1879 by a Prachinburi millionaire. In 1918, Chao Phraya Abhaibhubate (Chum Aphaiwong) constructed a new chapel (ubosoth) which had an architectural design of mixed artistic styles of Thai, Chinese, European, and Cambodian.
2. Prachinburi National Museum: Located about 200 meters away from Prachinburi City Hall, this archeological museum is set to be the center of artefacts of 7 provinces: Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, Chacherngsao, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Trad, and Rayong. The Museum displays important artefacts discovered from ancient cities in Davaravati Period. Thai arts in various periods were also displayed for comparative study.
3. Bird Park: Located in Tambon Wat, the park is home to thousands of birds of various kinds. The best season to watch the birds is from July to April.
4. Museum of Herbal Medicine in Prachinburi: This museum collects Thailand’s traditional books, herbs, medicines and development facts of local medical science. Therefore, it also serves as a research center for investigating and spreading the knowledge of the natives’ way of life concerning indigenous herbs and medicine.
5. Prachinburi Cultural Center： Situated on the coast of Bang Pakong River and Prachin Anuson Road, near Amphoe Mueang’s auditorium, this center was built in the reign of King Rama V. Its architecture is a mixture of Thai and western styles. The Department of Fine Arts has registered this place as an ancient site and has renovated it to display documents, ancient materials, utensils used for the history, tradition and culture of the local people.
6. Khal Ito Waterfall: This water fall in Tambon Dong Khilek is a popular tourist attraction which runs through rocks at different levels. Only during the rainy season there is water. Surroundings are full of forests.
7. Namtok Heo Narok: Located on the Prachinburi - Khao Yai route, Namtok Heo Narok is part of Khao Yai National Park, which covers Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Saraburi provinces. Flowing down a steep cliff, the waterfall is 60 meters in height, gigantic and beautiful.
Records on the Exchanges between Changchun, China and Prachinburi, Thailand
I. Mutual Visits of Government Delegations
1. Between November 25 and 27, 2009, a delegation headed by Yang Ziming, Vice President of Changchun Overseas Exchanges Association, visited Prachinburi, Thailand. The delegation had extensive and profound discussions with government officials of Prachinburi. Both sides expressed their desire for further communication and cooperation, and made the initial draft of the letter of intent on establishing friendly relations and cooperation.
2. From March 8 to 11, 2010, a delegation from Prachinburi, Thailand paid Changchun City a four-day business visit. The delegation visited Jingyue Development Zone, High-tech Development Zone, FAW Group, Changchun Railway Vehicles Company Limited and Haoyue Group, etc. During the visit, the delegation was accompanied and received at Jin’an Hotel by Fu Zhigang, Deputy Director of Changchun Foreign Affairs Office.
3. Between August 8 and 21, 2010, a delegation of Prachinburi, Thailand visited Changchun City, to attend the 9th China Changchun International Agriculture-Food Expo. Accompanied by staff from Changchun Foreign Affairs Office, the delegation mainly visited exhibition sections for modern agricultural machinery, husbandry industry and sightseeing farming park, etc.
4. Between November 23 and 26, 2010, a delegation headed by Chen Si, Deputy Mayor of Changchun City, visited Prachinburi, Thailand. Government officials from both sides had discussion with some entrepreneurs. Deputy Mayor Chen Si recommended and introduced tourism products of Changchun City and extended invitation to friends from Thailand to participate in Vasaloppet Ski Festival and Summer Festival. Chen Si also expressed his desire for further cooperation between the two sides in aspects like tourism products promotion, tourism activities and customers’ organization. On the same occasion, officials from Prachinburi and some entrepreneurs expressed their intent for cooperation in establishing fruits production base and promoting the integration of fruit production, supply and sale of the two cities.
II. Economy and Trade Negotiation Conferences Held Twice
1. In November, 2009, Promotion Conference on Changchun Economy and Tourism Programs was held by the delegation from Changchun Municipal Government in Prachinburi, Thailand. Representatives from Changchun City promoted and introduced extensively to the officials of Prachinburi such projects as key enterprises, agricultural products processing industry, ice-and-snow tourism, and large-scale exhibitions of Changchun City.
2. In November 11, 2010, a delegation of economy and trade from Changchun City had a partnership negotiation with entrepreneurs of Prachinburi in Thailand. The two sides exchanged and negotiated mainly on the cooperation in the supply and sale of such agro-products as fruits, and they extended their intent to cooperate in the exploration and use of tourism resources as well.
III. Non-governmental Exchanges
1. Changchun City and Prachinburi held a large-scale folk art exhibition in June, 2008. The exhibition had a rich collection of nearly a thousand distinctive pieces of Thai handicrafts, including wood-carvings, woven rattans, tin wares and so on.
2. In June, 2009, ten pieces of work were selected and sent for Changchun International Children’s Art Exhibition from Prachinburi, Thailand
3. In October, 2010, a delegation from Prachinburi attended Changchun International Sculpture Symposium.