Bangkok was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. It is now the country's spiritual, cultural, diplomatic, commercial and educational hub. It covers an area of more than 1,500 square kilometres. Bangkok, located in Central Thailand, has a population of more than 8 million, or close to 13% of the country's population. More than 14 million (or 22.2% of the total population) live in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. This means Bangkok is much larger than any other urban areas in Thailand.(UNdata census 2013)
Over the last few decades, Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions.
Thailand, situate in the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonised and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact. Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand's gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis. This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world.
A Few Facts
- Bangkok is a capital city of Thailand.
- Bangkok has a population of over 8 million or 12.6 percent of the country's population.
- Official language: Thai
- As a tropical city, the temperature on an average day is quite warm at about 35°C or 95°F. Be sure to pack light clothing and possibly a fan to help cool off.
- From the month of July to November is the rainy season and rain showers are quite frequent.
- Biggest problem: Traffic congestion, especially when it rains.
- Bangkok has, from the beginning, been the center of modern education in Thailand.
- ‘Sawadee Krhap/Kaa’ (translated as ‘Hello’ or ‘Greetings’ for men and women) is a ubiquitous phrase used throughout Thailand to say hello.
- Bangkok can very well be called “Temple City” with the presence of Buddhist temples in almost every street and corner. These fascinating temples serve as one of the greatest cultural symbols of Thailand.
- Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market (J.J. Market) is one of the largest markets in the world covering an area of 27 acres