The beautiful city of Bangkok is Thailand’s biggest metropolitan area. Home to over fourteen million people, the capital city has a rich history and culture. It also has the biggest official name of any city.
What is known around the world as “Bangkok” is officially named:
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
The name, in English, translates as:
City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest.
Locals, understandably, use a shortened form and call the city Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร) or Krung Thep (กรุงเทพฯ).
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