The Capital – Bangkok
Thailand’s capital is Bangkok but this wasn’t the first capital of Thailand. Back in 1238 A.D., Sukhothai was the first capital until 1350 when it was replaced by Ayutthaya. The language was even called “Ayutthaya dialect”. That capital as well failed its reign after it was defeated by the Burmese in 1767 and the city was destroyed. I think it’s quite funny to imagine these people coming to fight a war on elephants, but that’s what they did and captured it. The King up and moved the city to Bangkok and this has now become the most traveled to city in the entire world!
Not only is Bangkok Thailand’s largest city but one-tenth of the entire Thai population lives in Bangkok! Made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words, Bangkok’s ceremonial name is,
‘Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.’
I am so thankful I DO NOT have to learn this!! The name means, ‘City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of gods Incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra‘s behest.’
Today, people still call Bangkok if it’s their home town “Krung Thep”. The name Bangkok means “Village of Plum Trees” and “City of Angels”. I have yet to see plum trees…or angels.
*This picture is of my Daddy, younger brother, Matthew, and me in Ayutthaya standing on one of the temples that was built around 1,000 years ago.