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Ang Thong Province Page 11, Wat Ta It, The Wickerwork area of the Province

Nai Dok Nai Thongkaeo Monument Is located in front of Wiset Chai Chan Witthayakhom School at Mu 2, Tambon Phaichamsin.  Follow Ang Thong Wiset Chai Chan route between Km 26-27 for about 1.5 kilometres into Soi Pu Dok Pu Thongkaeo 16.  This monument was constructed by Wiset Chai Chan together with Ang Thong people to commemorate the two heroes of Ban Pho Thalay, Wiset Chai Chan people, and Grandpa Dok and Thongkaeo who sacrificed their lives in the battle with Burmese at Ban Khai Bang Rachan before the defeat of Ayutthaya in 1766.  Crown Prince Wachiralongkorn on behalf of His Majesty the King presided over the opening ceremony of this monument in 1977.

 

Bird Sanctuary Is located at Mu 2, Ban Riowa, Tambon Ban Phran, 24 kilometres from Ang Thong province.  Take Pho Thong Sawaeng Ha Road (Highway No. 3054) Km 18-19, turn into Ban Tambon Nongmaekai until reaching Nongmaekai School.  Then go along the laterite road for six kilometres until you reach Wat Riowa.  In this temple, thousands of birds of various species naturally dwell there including the egret, heron, open-billed stork, night heron, cormorant kingfisher, etc. Certain kinds nearly become extinct and cannot easily be seen in other places.

 

Amphoe Samko Is about 25 kilometres away from Ang Thong city.  Though it was originally a small Tambon reporting to Amphoe Wiset Chai Chan, it was promoted as sub-district and then as district in 1965.  For its historical importance, Samko is mentioned in the royal chronicle that the Burmese marched their army from Dan Chedi Sam Ong to encamp in Samko before attacking Ayutthaya City.  It is also the place where King Naresuan the Great and Phra Ekathotsarot led the troops to Tambon Traphangtru in Suphan Buri province and defeated the enemy by combat on elephant back. At present, Samko is well known in its native tradition and folk arts.  There are some agriculture areas in Samko converted from rice fields to other agriculture land e.g., lotus field, good species coconut plantations estate, and mixed orchard.  Farmers know how to develop their career using new technologies to improve agriculture products in both quality and quantity and to earn satisfactory income.  Samko is also a land of native songs where both male and female singers take significant roles in conserving and bringing native recreation and songs back to life.

 

Wat Phohom ( Wat Pahuaphan ) Is located in Tambon Ratchasathit (Tambon Tanot) on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.  It is 12 kilometres from Amphoe Mueang Ang Thong. Taking Ang Thong Sing Buri route at Km 68-69 and turn at the intersection for 1.5 kilometres. Originally, this temple was constructed in the Ayutthaya period and was left deserted. The temple was rebuilt ten years ago. Attractions in this temple are two large stucco of four-face Bhrama heads, found from the excavation of this temple placed on trays beside Chedi. The object reveals original workmanship of a Khmer-style sculpture. It is assumed that those heads were the top parts of either the temple gate or the ubosot gate similar to the one on top of the palace gate in Ayutthaya period. Moreover, the new abbots' compartment displays a mixture of Asian and European arts.  

Ang Thong Province Page 9, Wat Chaiyo Worawihan or Wat Ket Chaiyo, Wat Muang