History UsefulNotes / Bangkok

3rd Jul '13 6:46:47 AM Kuruni
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Being the political and economic centre of the country meant Bangkok saw quite a few street battles in its time, including numerous coups (18 since 1932), the protests of 1973, 1976, and 1992, and the current political crisis (since 2006) that pitted "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and "Yellow Shirts" protesters, and their allies in government, against each other. The most serious incident was in May 2010 when the central business district served as a battlefield between the Red Shirts and the Thai Army. The latest brand of protesters to emerge recently are the "White Masks" - anti-corruption protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks like their international counterparts.

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Being the political and economic centre of the country meant Bangkok saw quite a few street battles in its time, including numerous coups (18 since 1932), the protests of 1973, 1976, and 1992, and the current political crisis (since 2006) that pitted "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and "Yellow Shirts" protesters, and their allies in government, against each other. The most serious incident was in May 2010 when the central business district served as a battlefield between the Red Shirts and the Thai Army. The latest brand of protesters to emerge recently are the "White Masks" - anti-corruption protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks like their international counterparts.
Army.
3rd Jul '13 2:34:49 AM Baru
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Its modern nickname is "The City That Never Sleeps".



Bangkok city itself has a population of 8 million, but the metropolitan area (including several surrounding provinces which have been practically subsumed into the capital as it sprawls out chaotically) has a total population of almost 15 million. This is not including undocumented migrants, either from the countryside or neighbouring countries. Bangkok grew rapidly over the past four decades or so, and infrastructure has generally failed to keep pace. The city is notorious for gridlock; the average Bangkokian car is said to spend the equivalent of 45 days a year stuck in traffic.

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Bangkok city itself has a population of 8 million, but the metropolitan area (including several surrounding provinces which have been practically subsumed into the capital as it sprawls out chaotically) has a total population of almost 15 million. This is not including undocumented migrants, either from the countryside or neighbouring countries. Bangkok grew rapidly over the past four decades or so, and infrastructure has generally failed to keep pace. The city is notorious for gridlock; the average Bangkokian car is said to spend the equivalent of 45 days a year stuck in traffic.
traffic. More public transport options are becoming available though.



Being the political and economic centre of the country meant Bangkok saw quite a few street battles in its time, including numerous coups, the protests of 1973, 1976, and 1992, and the current political crisis (since 2006) that pitted "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and "Yellow Shirts" protesters, and their allies in government, against each other. The most serious incident was in May 2010 when the central business district served as a battlefield between the Red Shirts and the Thai Army. The latest brand of protesters to emerge recently are the "White Masks" - anti-corruption protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks like their international counterparts.


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Being the political and economic centre of the country meant Bangkok saw quite a few street battles in its time, including numerous coups, coups (18 since 1932), the protests of 1973, 1976, and 1992, and the current political crisis (since 2006) that pitted "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and "Yellow Shirts" protesters, and their allies in government, against each other. The most serious incident was in May 2010 when the central business district served as a battlefield between the Red Shirts and the Thai Army. The latest brand of protesters to emerge recently are the "White Masks" - anti-corruption protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks like their international counterparts.

On a brighter note, it ''is'' a large, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city. There are cultural attractions like the famous Grand Palace and nearby temples. Lots of shopping malls. Street vendors are ubiquitous. There also seems to be a 7-11 every hundred metres or so.
3rd Jul '13 2:20:03 AM Baru
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Bangkok city itself has a population of 8 million, but the metropolitan area (including several surrounding provinces which have been practically subsumed into the capital as it sprawls out chaotically) has a total population of almost 15 million. This is not including undocumented migrants, either from the countryside or neighbouring countries. Bangkok grew rapidly over the past four decades or so, and infrastructure has generally failed to keep pace. The city is notorious for gridlock; the average Bangkokian spends the equivalent of 45 days a year stuck in traffic.

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Bangkok city itself has a population of 8 million, but the metropolitan area (including several surrounding provinces which have been practically subsumed into the capital as it sprawls out chaotically) has a total population of almost 15 million. This is not including undocumented migrants, either from the countryside or neighbouring countries. Bangkok grew rapidly over the past four decades or so, and infrastructure has generally failed to keep pace. The city is notorious for gridlock; the average Bangkokian spends car is said to spend the equivalent of 45 days a year stuck in traffic.
traffic.



Oh, and currently (May 2010) part of the city serves as a battlefield between the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, better known as the "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and the government.

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Oh, Being the political and currently (May 2010) part economic centre of the city serves as country meant Bangkok saw quite a battlefield between few street battles in its time, including numerous coups, the National United Front protests of Democracy Against Dictatorship, better known as 1973, 1976, and 1992, and the current political crisis (since 2006) that pitted "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and "Yellow Shirts" protesters, and their allies in government, against each other. The most serious incident was in May 2010 when the government.central business district served as a battlefield between the Red Shirts and the Thai Army. The latest brand of protesters to emerge recently are the "White Masks" - anti-corruption protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks like their international counterparts.

3rd Jul '13 2:07:30 AM Baru
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Of course, this is only the full, ceremonial name. Foreigners call it, of course, Bangkok, while the Thais abbreviated it to Krung Thep (thus, City of Angels), or more formally, Krung Thep Mahanakhon. Nicknamed "Venice of the East" back in the day due to its many canals, many of which have since been filled in as the city sprawls. The canals also doubles as a flood protection system, however, so combined with the extreme low-lying terrain this led to large parts of the city and its suburbs flooding every wet season, most seriously in 2011.

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Of course, this is only the full, ceremonial name. Foreigners call it, of course, Bangkok, while the Thais abbreviated it to Krung Thep (thus, City of Angels), or more formally, Krung Thep Mahanakhon.

Nicknamed "Venice of the East" back in the day due to its many canals, many of which have since been filled in as the city sprawls. The canals also doubles as a flood protection system, however, so combined with the extreme low-lying terrain this led to large parts of the city and its suburbs flooding every wet season, most seriously in 2011.


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Bangkok city itself has a population of 8 million, but the metropolitan area (including several surrounding provinces which have been practically subsumed into the capital as it sprawls out chaotically) has a total population of almost 15 million. This is not including undocumented migrants, either from the countryside or neighbouring countries. Bangkok grew rapidly over the past four decades or so, and infrastructure has generally failed to keep pace. The city is notorious for gridlock; the average Bangkokian spends the equivalent of 45 days a year stuck in traffic.
3rd Jul '13 1:54:39 AM Baru
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Bangkok, Venice of the East / of Asia, City of Angels (no, not [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that one]]) is the capital, and the largest, city of UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}. Also serves as one of the economic centers of Southeast Asia.

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Bangkok, aka Venice of the East / of Asia, aka City of Angels (no, not [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that one]]) is the capital, and the largest, city of UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}. Also serves as one of the economic centers centres of Southeast Asia.



Of course, this is only the full, ceremonial name. Foreigners call it, of course, Bangkok, while the Thais abbreviated it to Krung Thep (thus, City of Angels), or more formally, Krung Thep Mahanakhon.

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Of course, this is only the full, ceremonial name. Foreigners call it, of course, Bangkok, while the Thais abbreviated it to Krung Thep (thus, City of Angels), or more formally, Krung Thep Mahanakhon.
Mahanakhon. Nicknamed "Venice of the East" back in the day due to its many canals, many of which have since been filled in as the city sprawls. The canals also doubles as a flood protection system, however, so combined with the extreme low-lying terrain this led to large parts of the city and its suburbs flooding every wet season, most seriously in 2011.
28th Oct '12 11:58:51 AM MarkLungo
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Bangkok's also quite infamous for its sex industry, which the song ''[[Theatre/{{Chess}} One Night in Bangkok]]'' tells about, rightly or wrongly.

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Bangkok's also quite infamous for its sex industry, which the song ''[[Theatre/{{Chess}} One "One Night in Bangkok]]'' In Bangkok" (from the musical ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'') tells about, rightly or wrongly.
28th Oct '12 11:57:22 AM MarkLungo
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Bangkok, Venice of the East / of Asia, City of Angels (no, not [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that one]]) is the capital, and the largest, city of Thailand. Also serves as one of the economic centers of Southeast Asia.

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Bangkok, Venice of the East / of Asia, City of Angels (no, not [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that one]]) is the capital, and the largest, city of Thailand.UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}. Also serves as one of the economic centers of Southeast Asia.
4th Oct '12 4:13:47 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:The Bangkok skyline]]
4th Oct '12 4:11:06 PM MarkLungo
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->''"[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Heheh, you said Bang.]]"''
->''"[[HehHehYouSaidX Uhhuhuh, you said Kok.]]"''

Bangkok, Venice of the East / of Asia, City of Angels (no, not [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that one]]) is the capital, and the largest, city of Thailand. Also serves as one of the economic centers of Southeast Asia.

'''The name'''

Yes, it's been mentioned in many pages, but anyway, Bangkok has the longest city name on Earth. It's:

''[[OverlyLongName Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit]]''

Which translates to:

''[[NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city 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 Vishnukam.]]''

Of course, this is only the full, ceremonial name. Foreigners call it, of course, Bangkok, while the Thais abbreviated it to Krung Thep (thus, City of Angels), or more formally, Krung Thep Mahanakhon.

'''Other tidbits'''

Since Thailand's economy is mostly centered in Bangkok (16% of country's GDP, 5% of tourism GDP), it can look quite different from other cities, especially with the wealth difference.

Bangkok's also quite infamous for its sex industry, which the song ''[[Theatre/{{Chess}} One Night in Bangkok]]'' tells about, rightly or wrongly.

Oh, and currently (May 2010) part of the city serves as a battlefield between the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, better known as the "Red Shirts" (no, [[RedShirt not those]]) and the government.
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