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Thailand’s capital city Bangkok has a truly extensive official name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Okay, you can breathe now. The name translates as: “Great City of Angels, City of Immortals, Magnificent Jeweled City of the God Indra, Seat of the King of Ayutthaya, City of Gleaming Temples, City of the King’s Most Excellent Palace and Dominions, Home of Vishnu and All the Gods.” In 1782, King Rama I chose a bend in the Chao Phraya River as the ideal spot for the country’s new capital city. Established on an older settlement, known as “Bang Makok” – which translates as a “place of olive plums.” Although olive plums sound darn impressive, the King didn’t think it favorably represented his royal city. Hence, the 165-character behemoth.

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Thailand’s capital city Bangkok has a truly extensive official name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Okay, you can breathe now. The name translates as: “Great City of Angels, City of Immortals, Magnificent Jeweled City of the God Indra, Seat of the King of Ayutthaya, City of Gleaming Temples, City of the King’s Most Excellent Palace and Dominions, Home of Vishnu and All the Gods.” In 1782, King Rama I chose a bend in the Chao Phraya River as the ideal spot for the country’s new capital city. Established on an older settlement, known as “Bang Makok” – which translates as a “place of olive plums.” Although olive plums sound darn impressive, the King didn’t think it favorably represented his royal city. Hence, the 165-character behemoth.

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