Friday, November 20, 2009

TAO office opening video

On Youtube I found the video below, which shows the construction of the new office building for the TAO Maluan (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลมะลวน), Phunphin district, Surat Thani province. Though I cannot understand the soundtrack - my Thai is sadly still too bad - I can guess that it includes the meeting of the TAO council deciding on the new building, and I can understand that in the end it gives some background on the subdistrict itself, like listing the neighboring subdistricts and the villages.

The TAO was created in 1997 (Gazette), though actually it was already a TAO 1958-71 (Gazette). The subdistrict is much older, the oldest announcement mentioning it is from 1939. Sadly has no more information on its history either.

The subdistrict is subdivided into 9 villages, and as of 2008 it has a population of 7479. It covers an area of 77 km². The subdistrict is located in the northwestern corner of Phunphin district, neighboring subdistricts areThe name of the subdistrict originates from Ma Luang (ม้าล้วง), meaning "horse digged out", as a marble horse statue with Khmer inscription was digged out in a temple opposite the TAO office. Therefore also the seal of the TAO feature a horse as the main symbol. But no hires version available on the website to create a decent SVG version of it.

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