Krung Thep

City of Angels

Bangkok is the conventional Western way of referring to the capital of Thailand but to Thai people it is Krung Thep or City of Angels. Bangkok is thought to refer to an area of the initial settlement that translates to “Place of Olive Plums” or Bang Makok.

Krung Thep is an extreme truncation of the actual name however. The official place name (the longest in the world in fact) is…*deep breath*:
Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

Or…

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) 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 Vishnukarn.

Yeah. I come from a place that’s named after some dude who happened to live at a popular crossroads. Old man Bell may have been a good guy…who knows? It’s a nice place. Quiet. Good hockey rink in the winter. But a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn it is not.

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