Khlong Rangsit Prayoonsak (คลองรังสิตประยูรศักดิ์)
Thai. Name of a
major canal in northern
River (fig.) in
in the East.
It was the first
irrigation canal of
to be dug North of
construction, which took 14 years, was carried out by Prince
Saai Sanithawong (fig.),
after receiving the concessions for the dig
1890 AD. Prior to this, he had been the first deputy chief of naval operations,
the rank of Navy Vice-Admiral.
The project became his personal endeavor and legacy, which he
carried out under the name Siam Canal and Irrigation Company, and with the aid of his son
who –as a physician educated in Scotland– assisted his father both
in the field of medicine and in this company.
By royal decree, the canal was
Rangsit Prayoonsak (fig.),
the the 52nd child of King
was also known as
the Prince of
The canal is
short often referred to as the Rangsit Canal,
while the local populace usually
refer to it as Khlong
Saai (คลองเจ้าสาย), i.e.
in honour of its builder, whose
statue, together with that of
his assistant and
today stands in a
Buddhist temple located along the canal, in close proximity to the Northern
In addition, the canal is by some nicknamed
(คลอง 8 วา), after its initial width.