Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep.
Bangkok originally was a small village on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. After the fall of Ayutthaya in the late 18th century, King Taksin the Great turned that village into Siam is new capital and renamed it Thonburi. In 1782, King Rama I moved the capital to the eastern bank of the river at Rattanakosin ; originally the site of a Chinese community, who were moved outside of the new city walls to Yaowarat. King Rama I named the city Krung Thep, as it is now known to Thais and which in English is translates as the City of Angles. It is one of Asia is most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.
A Buddhist temple in Thailand is known as a Wat, from the Pali, meaning an enclosure. A temple has an enclosing wall that divides it from the secular world.
Three of Bangkok is most famous landmarks were voted the top in Asia by travelers on the website. The Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha), Wat Benchamabophit (Marbel temple) In total, Bangkok landmarks were listed among the top 20.
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