Nonthaburi Provincial Hall—Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Posted by: Ianatlarge
N 13° 51.726 E 100° 30.864
47P E 663655 N 1532993
Quick Description: The provincial hall for the Thai province of Nonthaburi, immediately north of Bangkok.
Date Posted: 10/4/2011 10:53:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMCQZ2
The Kingdom of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, governed by a democratically elected government. The second level of government, below the national, is the provincial. There are 76 provinces in the Kingdom, plus the special administrative area of Bangkok, and the City of Pattaya, which is an autonomous region in the province of Chonburi. These last two have the privilege of electing their own governors, but the remaining provinces are governed by officials appointed by the national Ministry of the Interior. Every Thai province shares the name of its capital.
These officials enjoy the title of governor. Their duties are to carry out the laws of the land and implement the policy of the central government. There is no separate provincial legislature. Generally speaking, these positions go to senior, experienced bureaucrats. A powerful, but not glamorous position.
The governor's office is known in English as the Provincial Hall, in Thai: Sala Klang Changwat. This is invariably a multi-story, white, rectangular building, in the 'Thai' style. In front, a parking area, a statue of King Chulalongkorn (the fifth King of the royal dynasty, who was responsible for the modern Thai administrative structure), and a flag pole with the Thai flag flying. These provincial halls are usually located in a government sector, near the centre of the capital, along with several other provincial level government instrumentalities, for example the provincial law courts.
The province of Nonthaburi lies abuts the City of Bangkok to the north. It is essentially part of 'Greater Bangkok', a sprawl of suburbs and offices. The provincial hall for the province is found in the provincial government precinct, replete with dozens of other government departments of both the provincial and national government (not enough space in Bangkok itself for all the hard working public servants). In design it follows the standard model. This area can be reached directly from Bangkok via several highways, or, more pleasantly, albeit slowly via a ferry trip along the Chao Phraya River.
I was not able to approach closely to the hall, as the local security did not wish me to take photographs of the hall itself.
Type of Capitol: State, Province, Canton, or Other Primary Division of a Nation
Soi Rattanathibet 6
Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi Thailand
Dates of Construction: Unknown.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00
Statue of King Chulalongkorn.
Major Renovations: Not listed
Capitol Web Site: Not listed
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