Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. It is located along the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok and its suburbs are home to a population of more than 12 million people.

Bangkok has not always been the capital of Thailand. It became the capital in 1768 after the Kingdom of Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese army.

In the Thai language, Bangkok is called Krung Thep which means ‘city of angels’. Bangkok’s official full name holds the record for world’s longest city name:

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

The official name of Bangkok translates to a mini-history of the city:

The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma.

What a tongue-twister!

Text by Gabrielle Pasternak & Sara Wilson. Image by zrim.