NOTED! Bangkok


Today's NOTED blog post is about the wonderful city of Bangkok. You might be familiar with it as the capital city of Thailand but did you know that Bangkok has the longest name out of any city in the world?

Before Bangkok even became the capital city of Thailand, locals used to call it Bahng Gawk,  which basically translates into Bahng (a place), Gawk (olives). Otherwise known as a place with lot's of olive trees. However once it became a capital city, King Rama had named it Krung Thep but this was  actually shortened from 163 syllables. In fact the full name in Thai is:

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

The name means “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.

If you can figure out how to say that, not only will it be impressive but very cool as well.