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If it is about Bangkok, you may think of beautiful temples, street food and vibrant nightlife and may be some other stuff. Here we have 11 more "Little Known Fact about Bangkok" which will make you travel in this city with more fun. Let's find out, and see if you have already known these yet?!


11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


01

Bangkok is in fact … not Bangkok

The name "Bangkok" is ONLY used by foreigners and none of the local calls this capital city of Thailand with this name. Instead, they called it "Krung Thep" which can be literally translates as "City of Angel". Bet some of you may have seen some writing calls Bangkok "the city of angel" --- this is where it comes from.

The name of Bangkok once was used to call an area near to Temple of Down before the foundation of today's Bangkok in 1782. You can still trace the name from "Bangkok Noi" district, which locates nearby.

02

Head Twisting Name

Though the city's name dubbed in local as "Krung Thep" this is still not the official name of Bangkok. This city has a tongueful name "Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsa nukamprasit", and it ranks as the longest capital city name in the world.

Ironically, most of the Bangkokers can remember this lengthy title. Thanks to Thai popular rock band Asanee - Wasan, who sing the name into a song and make everyone in Thailand can call the name right. Try asking your Thai friends about the name, they will sing you a song. LOL

Head Twisting Name - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


03

You Can Spend an Entire Day in 1 Market

If you plan to visit the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market or J.J. Market during your trip, make sure to spare a lot of time. This market spans over 27 Acres area and by far the biggest weekend market in Thailand. Even many people said that it is impossible to see the entire market in your first visit!

There are over 15,000 stalls in 27 separate sections selling everything imaginable from clothing, handicrafts, ceramics, furnitures, food, plants, arts, books, pets, antiques and many more. If you love shopping, you can enjoy here from dusk 'till dawn.

You Can Spend an Entire Day in 1 Market - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


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04

Temples in Thailand's Coin are Here

If you want to catch some of the best attractions in Bangkok you can just follow the image on the coin! Look closely and you will see images of temples --- all of these (except from 25 and 50 Satang coin) are in Bangkok and also the most famous in the city. 1 Baht coin has the image of the Temple of Emerald Buddha, 2 Baht has the image of Golden Mountain, 5 Baht has the image of the Marble Hall of Wat Benchamabophit, while 10 Baht coin has the image of the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun.

Temples in Thailand's Coin are Here - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


05

Hottest City in the World

Bangkok is hot all year around, but did you know that it is also ranked as the world's hottest city by average year round temperatures. With an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, highs of 35 degrees, lows of 31 degrees and 90% humidity rates, it's easy to see how things could heat up very quickly in Bangkok. Make sure to bring a lot of water when you go around, and when things out of hand have a cool refreshing drink from street side stalls also a great idea.

06

Forget the Heat, Locals are Dress Well!

Despite the weather, people in Bangkok are dress really well. You will see many of the locals wearing long trousers and long sleeves shirts especially in the heart of the city. Motorbike riders are even wearing jackets! If you walk in public area with your chest fully exposed or in swimwear, you can be arrested -- no kidding. Make sure you dress properly -- a short sleeve t-shirt and shorts are fine.

07

Home to the World's Largest China Town

You may know that Yaowarat is the heaven for street food as there are hundreds of shops and restaurant selling "must try" Thai street food menus. In fact, this area is home to Bangkok's Chinatown which is the largest Chinese community area outside of China and also the oldest city area of Bangkok.

This area is so vast, covers the entire east side of Chao Phraya River from Hua Lampong to Rattanakosin Island, with many small streets and alleys full of shops selling all types of goods. It is also the centre of the gold trade and home to a 200 year old market which still lively even today.

Home to the World's Largest China Town - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


08

It's not a Province

While Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and some other famous destination are province of Thailand, Bangkok isn't. It is a special administrative area of Thailand with the area of some 1,500 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) along the Chao Phraya River. Thailand currently has 77 provinces, and Bangkok is not one of them. Same to Pattaya, which is also a special administrative city in Chonburi Province.

09

It Has Rainbow Theme Traffic Jam

Forget about uniform-like bore-looking taxi around the world. You are in Bangkok, the most vibrant city in the world! Taxis here are super colourful! You will see pink, green, white, yellow, blue, blue and red, yellow and green, yellow and blue and just about everything else --- making Bangkok's infamous traffic jams a little nicer with rainbow theme.

It Has Rainbow Theme Traffic Jam - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


10

O'clock Stops

Don't be surprised if you are on the street of Bangkok and then out of the blue, everybody just stand up or stop walking then standing freeze! At 8.00 AM and 6.00 PM, the Nation Anthem is the soundtrack to Bangkok. Every Thai people will stop doing things and standing to pay respect to the Anthem.

11

Only Place to See 5.5 Tons Gold Buddha

You may have seen gigantic or centuries old Buddha Statues from somewhere else, but what about world's heaviest (and most expensive) Buddha statue?

Just next to Yaowarat road locates Wat Traimit, home to a 5.5 tons pure gold status "Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon". This Buddha status was believed to be from the 13th or 14th century in Sukhothai Period. It is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the "sacred object with the highest intrinsic value". Today though, the statue is estimated to be valued at $250 million dollars and also the heaviest solid gold Buddha image in the world.

Only Place to See 5.5 Tons Gold Buddha - 11 Little Facts about Bangkok Only Few People Know


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