At the beginning the city of Bangkok was created to set up a hallowed ground for royal palaces and Buddhist monasteries. At the star of the Chakri dynasty in the 18th century, and in purpose to avoid an attack from the west, Chakri moved the Siamese capital across the river to Baang Makàwk (Olive Plum riverbank).
Upon completion of the royal district in the 1785, and after a three-day consecration ceremony, the city was initially given the name of ‘Great City of Angels, the Repository of Divine Gems, the Great Land Unconquerable, the Grand and Prominent Realm, the Royal and Delightful Capital City full of Nine Noble Gems, the Highest Royal Dwelling and Grand Palace, the Divine Shelter and Living Place of Reincarnated Spirits’. As foreign traders continued to call the capital Bang Makok, which eventually truncated itself to ‘Bangkok. That’s how the name of this city was commonly known to the outside world.
The city of Bangkok has undergone explosive growth, and as always been a major tourist destination seen as the Asia’s most important financial, and commercial centers. The city center, formerly enclosed by a wall, has long been densely developed. Some districts have evolved into functional units as the inner city has become more institutional and commercial and the outer city more residential and industrial. Throughout the city, walled Buddhist temples and monasteries, often sumptuously ornamented, serve as religious, cultural, and even commercial life.
Nowadays, the city of Bangkok attracts hundreds of thousand of people from all over the globe. It’s the largest and most developed city in Thailand which can offer a unique set of characteristics : modernity, historical architecture and traditions dating back hundreds of years. Bangkok is packed with everything from excitement and chaos, to freedom, adventure and beauty, which make this city one of the most visited in the world.