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date: 23 August 2019

Bangkok [Thai Krungthep: ‘City of Angels’]locked

  • Michael Smithies

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[Thai Krungthep: ‘City of Angels’]

Capital city of Thailand. Founded by Rama I (reg 1782–1809), first king of the Chakri dynasty, as his capital, the city was built on the site of a fort dating from the 1660s on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, 77 km south of the former capital Ayutthaya, which was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. One of the most elaborate complexes in Bangkok, the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang), was built in the early years of Rama I’s reign and was extended and embellished by his successors, so that it contains buildings in a variety of styles. One of the earliest is the Amarin Winichai Hall, which was formerly the royal court of justice and is now used for coronations, for the bestowal of decorations and for other ceremonial functions. It is a T-shaped building with painted walls; the ceiling was rebuilt after a fire in ...

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