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Bangkok's official name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon... ok, then what?
We might not be able to say Bangkok’s mammoth ceremonial name, but soon we'll be able to sing it
Though never officially recognized by Guinness -- contrary to wide claims -- it’s safe to say Bangkok has the longest place name in the world. We dare anyone to find us a city moniker that stretches beyond this: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
And no, the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales and New Zealand’s Tetaumatawhakatangihangakoauaotamateaurehaeaturipukapihimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuaakitanarahu aren’t longer.
While most Thais can recite Bangkok’s full name upon request, for foreigners trying to learn the Thai language it can be a bit of a challenge.
But maybe this will help: we checked out the incredibly useful “Women Learning Thai … and Some Men Too” blog today and found out that Paiboon Publishing is releasing a new album to teach Thai through songs, including Bangkok's ceremonial name. (See above video).
Alright, we admit, you're probably not going to want to sing this song in public. Or even in the shower. But after a few tries, you'll be able to impress your friends by reciting it just as fast as this young Thai man.