With foreign visitors, they always know the Thai capital is Bangkok. Meanwhile, indigenous people call this city Krung Thep. In Thai, this name means “City of Angels”.
Foreign visitors hardly know the full name of the Thai capital, which is 169 letters long, considered the world’s longest place name. Krung Thep is just a shortened name for easy vertical, easy to understand.
The full version of Krung Thep officially transcribed into English received a record in the Guinness Book of Records. If written fully, it will be “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Am Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
It is possible to translate the meaning of the above name into Vietnamese as “The city of the angels, the great city where the Emerald Buddha, the inviolable city of the god Indra, the great capital of the world The world was awarded with 9 jewels, a happy city, a large Royal Palace like the heavenly reincarnation place of the reincarnated god, a city bestowed by the god Indra, built by the god Vishnukarn.
With such a long name, it is not too difficult to understand when the city is shortened its name for ease of use. Although the full name of the Thai capital is rarely used in daily life, sometimes, visitors can still see appearing around Bangkok as part of a tourism promotion campaign.
In another version, the name “Krung Thep Mahanakhon” is more popular in official documents, license plates … Although it is 169 letters long – an impressive number but the Thai people can still recite now both names. Not all people understand the meaning of this name, because many of them are ancient, no longer used in modern Thai.