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Lopburi Provincial Hall—Lopburi City, Thailand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ianatlarge
N 14° 48.036 E 100° 39.096
47P E 677744 N 1636926
Quick Description: The provincial hall for the central Thai province of Lopburi.
Location: Thailand
Date Posted: 11/12/2018 5:55:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMZH41
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Lopburi is a small town and capital of the province of the same name, approximately 110 kilometres north of Bangkok. It is famous for the ever present monkeys who live in the town, and for a plethora of ancient ruins. Four centuries back the town played a major role in the Thai kingdom, now, not so much. The town is divided into the old and new town, about two kilometres separation, east-west.

The Kingdom of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, governed by a democratically elected government (sometimes, but not at the moment). 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 and 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.
Type of Capitol: State, Province, Canton, or Other Primary Division of a Nation

King Narai the Great Monument
Lopburi, Lopburi Thailand

Dates of Construction: Unknown

Major Renovations: Solar cells affixed to the roof in 2018. At this time only such installation in Thailand.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Historical Monuments/Memorials:
Statue of King Chulaongkorn. Geographical marker.

Capitol Web Site: Not listed

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