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posted on 28 Jan 2009 23:05 by mew-happy in english

 

                 

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     Bangkok is the largest urban area and

as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon  or Krung Thep 

 for short, it was a small trading post

at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River

during the Ayutthaya Kingdom and came

 to the forefront of Thailand when

it was given the status as the capital city

 in 1768 after the burning of Ayudhya,

the former kingdom seat and capital

of the Ayuthaya province. It was

also ranked by "Travel and Leisure,"  

as the best city in the world for the year 2008.

 

However, the current Rattanakosin

Kingdom did not begin until 1782

when the capital was moved across

 the river after being sacked by

the Burmese.The Rattanakosin

capital is now more formally called

"Phra Nakorn", pertaining to the

 ancient boundaries in the metropolis'

core and the name Bangkok now

incorporates the urban build-up

since the 18th century which has

 its own public administration and governor.

In the span of over two hundred years,

Bangkok has been the political, social

and economic center of not only

Thailand but for much of South East Asia

and Indochina as well. Its influence

 in the arts, politics, fashion, education

and entertainment as well as being

a business, financial and cultural center

of Asia has given Bangkok the status of a global city.

 

Bangkok is the world's 22nd largest city

 by population with approximately 8,160,522

registered residents (July 2007) , but

due to large unregistered influxes of

migrants from the North East of Thailand

and of many nations across Asia ,

 the population of greater Bangkok is

estimated at nearly 15 million people.