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Samut Sakhon Province Page 4, Samut Sakhon, Salt Frams, Mahachai Market, Wat Chong Lom Temple

Wat Yai Chom Prasat Located on Highway No.35 with a left turn after crossing the Tha

Chin River, this is an ancient temple presumed to have been built during the Ayutthaya era.

The doors and windows of both the old and new chapels were neatly and beautifully carved

in various floral designs.It is believed the craftsmen were Chinese, as the carvings include

some Chinese trees.

 

Khlong Khok Kham is a very winding canal. Some parts of it are 90-degree curves. The tide is so strong that it is very difficult to control a boat. This caused an accident when Phrachao Suea or Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII ( 1703-1709 ) went along Khlong Khok Kham on his private trip by the Ekkachai royal barge. The barge hit a branch of a tree and Phanthai Norasing as the steersman took responsibility by being executed. A straight shortcut through the curving canal was dug by the order of Phrachao Suea at the execution spot. Chao Phraya Ratchasongkhram was a leader of 3,000 soldiers in the operation of digging the shortcut in 1705, connecting with the Tha Chin River. The shortcut was 5 Wa-width and 6 Sok-depth and was finished in 1709 in the reign of King Thai Sa. The king gave its name as “Khlong Sanam Chai” and this was later changed into Khlong Maha Chai. However, it is called by the locals as “Khlong Than”. At the mouth of Khlong Maha Chai, next to Khlong Khok Kham is situated another shrine of Phanthai Norasing.

 

Ban Don Kai Dee in Krathum Baen District of Samut Sakhon Province where the famous Benjarong porcelain is made . The ceramics produced here are of the finest quality and are much sought after by collectors, universally admired for the beauty and grace of their unique form, design and colour.

The unique design benjarong of Ban Don Kai Dee is called Sakharabenjayamanee, or the Five - coloured Gemstones of Sakhon City. The design is based on the province's historical background and the Thai symbolism of auspicious colours. Samut Sakhon, the home province of Benjarong manufacture, is a coastal fishing province and thus has always been associated with the sea. This is why the Benjarong ware of Samut Sakhon with the Sakharabenjayamanee design has the blue-green colour as its main background, to represent the sea, the soul of the city.

The people of Ban Don Kai Dee have formed themselves into a strong handicraft group and prepared their village to welcome visitors, not only to buy their products, but also to join in activities they have organised for them, such as demonstrations of the different processes in the making of Benjarong, tours of the village and visits to nearby orchards and to the coast, as well as to trying their hands and cooking local food.

For visitors who would love to prolong their stay in the village, standard home stay accommodation at very reasonable prices with food is also provided by many Ban Don Kai Dee families. Another important aspect that makes Ban Don Kai Dee most suitable is the helpful and hospitable nature of the village people.

To get to the village : Take Highway 35 ( Thon Buri - Pak Tho ) and turning left to Highway 3091. Ban Don Kai Dee is 2.2 kilometres from the clock tower.  

Samut Sakhon Province Page 6, Pom Wichian Chodok Fortress, and Festivals around the Province