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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BANGKOK AND THAILAND

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Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1568.7 sq. km. Over 14 million people lived within the surroundings Bangkok metropoliatian. So We concluded some most amazing facts about BANGKOK.

Here are the 23 interesting facts about BANGKOK.

capital of Thailand

The capital of Thailand has long been known as Bangkok, but this is not what the Thai people call it, it is officially known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

population of Bangkok is 8.3 million people

The city is located in the chao Phraya river delta in central thailand. As of January 2017, the population of Bangkok is 8.3 million people.

Guinness Book of World Records

The complete Thai name of Bangkok and has been listed as the longest name for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, at 168 letters.

Wat Phra Kaew temple

Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. It is located in within the precincts of the Grand Palace. The Emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium (protective image) of Thai society.

largest gold Buddha statue in the world

Housed inside Wat Traimit in Chinatown is the largest gold Buddha statue in the world. The statue is 9.8 ft tall and weight around 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms / 12,125 pounds) with an estimated value of 250 million dollars and it remained in this condition at for almost 200 years.

Bangkok traditional Thai name

Bangkok traditional Thai name – “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”

Bangkok Strange Laws

Bangkok Strange Laws - Leaving the house without underwear in Bangkok can lend you in jail. It is also illegal to drive a vehicle bare-chested. And be careful, do not step on Thai currency as it is also against the law.

Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities

Today, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

The Grand Palace is considered one of Thailand’s most important tourist sites

The Grand Palace is considered one of Thailand’s most important tourist sites. It is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple (wat) on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.

world-famous energy drink Red Bull was created in Bangkok

The world-famous energy drink Red Bull was created in Bangkok by Chaleo Yoovidhya in 1976. At the time of his death in 2012, Chaleo was the third richest man in Thailand with an estimated wealth of US $5 million.

world’s top tourist destination cities

Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destination cities. It is the second most visited city in 2017 with 22.2 million visitors (after Hong Kong).

Thailand is home to around 200,000 millionaires

Thailand is home to around 200,000 millionaires, and around 95% of them live in Bangkok.

world’s largest street water fight

Every year during Thai New Year holiday, Bangkok hosts the world’s largest street water fight known as Songkran festival.

Bangkok is fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’

Bangkok is fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its active nightlife scene as well as having as many canals as Venice in Italy.

Bangkok could be underwater in the next 15 years

Just like Venice Bangkok is sinking at a rate of 2 to 2.5 cm per year due to the heavy development and rising sea levels. According to a report by Thai Government, parts of Bangkok could be underwater in the next 15 years.

the world’s hottest city because of average high temperatures year-round

It is the world’s hottest city because of average high temperatures year-round. With the average temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, Bangkok is sure to make you sweat even in December.

high levels of air pollution in Bangkok

Thailand loses $2.3 billion annually in wasted energy, lost production and health costs due to high levels of air pollution in Bangkok. Due to the hazardous level of air pollution, More than 15% of Bangkok’s police suffer from some lung diseases.

Thailand’s longest reigning monarch

Thailand’s Monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej became the king in 1946. He was the world’s longest-serving head of the state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. Bhumibol had a degree in engineering and owned a patent on a form of cloud seeding. He also composed Thailand’s national anthem.

third option for transgender washrooms in Bangkok

Along with Male and Female washrooms, you would find a third option for transgender washrooms in Bangkok.

the world’s biggest weekend markets

Spread over 27 acres of land and divided into 27 sections with more than 15,000 stalls, Chatuchak Weekend market is one of the world’s biggest weekend markets and a heaven for foodies and bargain-hunters.

ATMs in Thailand

ATMs in Thailand spit out your money first and your card second, resulting in many a forgotten card. If you do leave your card in an ATM, they will collect it and keep it at the branch, which should be named on the offending ATM.

facts about bangkok

Thais love their king, and it is particularly noticeable in Bangkok. You will find pictures and posters of the royal family in almost every corner of Bangkok. It is illegal to laugh at a picture of King or to say something bad about him so be careful. In theaters, king’s anthem is played before the start of a movie, play or any cultural program and everyone must stand to pay respect. Not doing so can also lead you to jail.

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