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Phrae (Thai แพร่) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand.


Phrae is located in the valley of the river Yom.


The history of Phrae dates back to the Haripunchai kingdom of the Mon. It became part of the kingdom Lannathai in 1443, when King Tilokaraj was on an expedition to capture Nan.


According to legend the two cities of Phrae and Nan were once ruled by brothers. When they met to divide the land between them the one from Phrae rode on a horse, the one from Nan on a buffalo to the meeting point on top of a mountain. Hence Phrae uses a horse in their seal, while Nan uses a buffalo. When the provincial government proposed the seal in 1940, the Fine Arts Department suggested to add some historic building to the seal additional to the horse, thus it now have the pagoda of Phra Tat Cho Hae on the back of the horse. This temple is located about 9 kilometers south-east of the city Phrae.

Provincial flower and tree is the Burmese Almondwood (Chukrasia tabularis).


The province is subdivided in 8 districts (Amphoe). These are further subdivided into 78 communes (tambon) and 645 villages (mubaan).


Extracted from Wikipedia: Phrae Province

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Extracted from http://www.thailandguidebook.com/provinces/phrae.html


An old and important community of Northern Thailand, Phrae was founded after Chiang Mai had been established as the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom. With one of the largest reserves of teak forests in the country, it is located on the banks of the Yom River, some 550 kilometres from Bangkok. And not near Pattaya.


Phrae covers an area about 6,538 square kilometres and surrounded on all sides by mountains with level plains in the middle.




Phrae is administratively divided into the following districts: Muang, Sung Men, Den Chai, Long, Wang Chin, Song, Rong Kwang and Nong Muang Khai.

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