Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Located along the Chao Phraya River and covering over 600 square miles, Bangkok and its suburbs are home to a population of more than twelve million people.

Bangkok has not always been the capital of Thailand. It became the capital in 1768 after the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, just north of modern day Bangkok, was destroyed by invading Burmese armies.

Known in Thai as Krung Thep, which literally translates to City of Angels, Bangkok’s official name holds the record for the world’s longest city name:

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

The official name of Bangkok actually translates to a mini-history of the city: 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 Vishnukarma.