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Interestingly, “Krung Thep” is an abbreviatedname of the city. Its full name is listed in theGuinness Book of World Records as the
longestname ofa place: Krungthep Maha NakhonAmon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Maha Dilok Phop Noppharat
Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet MahaSathan Amon PhimanAwatan Sathit Sakka Thattiya Witsanu KamPrasit.
The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world
endowed withnine 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 Vihnukarn”.
Bangkok today widely is considered to be one of the most dynamic and colorful cities in Asia. Its history is no less a colorful
transformation from a sleepy village to a fast-paced 21st century megacity, with a modern city skyline. Bangkok has
considerable cultural and historical signifi cance, from the early days of the “Rattanakosin Era” to its expansion in the
nineteenth century. Bangkok’s evolution into the current regional hub of Asian came about while preserving the city’s
unique soul and character, with its landmarks of temples and palaces that remain relatively unchanged over the years.
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