Dechatiwong Bridge

Dechatiwong Bridge Dechatiwong Bridge is over Chao Phraya River which is located on Phaholyothin Road, 340th KM before reaching Nakhon Sawan city center. Department of Highways started building this bridge in B.E.2485 and opened it for using in B.E.2493. The name of the bridge is from the surname of Major M.L.Kree Dechatiwong, then Director General of Department of Highways. Now this is one of important bridges for traveling to the northern part of Thailand. It is also a nice spot for viewing the two-color river. Dechatiwong Bridge was built in B.E.2485 during the Pacific War by Department of Highways with an objective to connect the central part to the northern part instead of boat. The opening ceremony was on September 1, B.E.2493 and chaired by Major M.L.Kree Dechatiwong, then Director General of Department of Highways. Later, in B.E.2512, the Department of Highways received budget for highway no.32, Bang Pa In-Nakhon Sawan and built another bridge near Dechatiwong bridge and named it Dechartiwong 2. It is reinforced concrete bridge paralleling with the old Dechartiwong bridge. It was opened for using on April 9, B.E.2536. As for Dechartiwong Bridge 1, it has been conserved by Nakhon Sawan Province as a historical sight.

Source and meaning of the word ‘Nakhon Sawan’

Nakhon Sawan has been an important city since Sukhothai period. Its name appeared for the frst time on King Ramkhamhaeng’s frst stone inscription as “Mueang Prabang”, which was a frontier of the capital with an important role of protecting the city during wartime until Rattanakosin period. Afterwards, the name was changed to “Chon Tawan” since the town was located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River causing the sun to shine onto the front of the city. However, after being moved to the west side of Chao Phraya River, the name was changed into “Nakhon Sawan”, which means the land or the town of abundance as paradise. Additionally, Nakhon Sawan is also called “Mueang Pak Nam Pho” by local people. This name came from the fact that this city is the area where Kwae Nan (Nan River and Yom River) and Kwae Ping (Ping River and Wang River) meet and blend into Chao Phraya River.