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The city of Bangkok was formally founded in 1782 with the consecration of the city’s founding pillar at Lak Muang. Rama I wanted his city to reflect the once glorious Ayuthaya, palaces were built with brick salvaged from this city and temples filled with Buddha’s from the ancient capital. It was at this time that the name was changed to Krung Thep, the first two syllables of a tongue-twisting name that is believed by the Guinness Book of Records to be the longest place name in the world and meaning ‘City of Angels.’ Thais still call the city by this name although foreign cartographers never ceased to name the city Bangkok. The city today is an exciting mixture of beautiful ancient Buddhist temples, golden royal palaces, riverside houses on stilts, traditional markets and a bustling modern city of skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping malls.

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