|Pop. density:||159 inh./km²|
Sisaket (Thai ศรีสะเกษ) is one of the north-eastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Surin, Roi Et, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani. To the south it borders Cambodia.
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The province is located in the valley of the Mun river, a tributary of the Mekong. To the south of the province is the Dongrek mountain chain, which also forms the boundary to Cambodia.
Due to the many ruins found in the province the area must have been an important settlement already in the times of the Khmer empire in the 12th century. According to local tradition it was called Sri Nakorn Lamduan at that time, later it became known as Khu Khan. In 1759 it was promoted to city status and a governor was assigned to it. During the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) the city was moved to its current location, but retained its old name. In 1938 it was renamed to Sisaket.
The provincial seal shows the Prang Ku, a Khmer temple about 1000 years old, located in the Prang Ku district.|
The symbol flower and tree of the province is the White Cheesewood (Melodorum fruticosum). The six leaves of the flower refer to the six original districts of the province - Kukan, Kantharalak, Uthumphon Phisai, Kanthararom, Rasi Salai and Khun Han.