Posts tagged Bangkok
Clouds, Seals, Architects, and Monsoons

Clouds, Seals, Architects, and Monsoons

The seal of the city shows Hindu god Indra riding in the clouds on Airavata, a divine white elephant knows in Thai as Erawan. Indra and Erawan both represent ideas of water and abundance

The seal is based on a painting done by Prince Naris.  Prince Naris was the principal court designer from 1863-1947 and an incredible designer, architect, and composer. 

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Thailand has some serious cloud activity. The weather in Thailand is a tropical savanna climate and is under the influence of the South Asian Monsoon system. Bangkok has three seasons, hot, rainy, and cool. Average low is 71.6 in December to 95.7 in April.  Wowzers and we thought we had it hot in Columbus!



Thailand has many cool animals that are native to Thailand.  Take this amazing Clouded leopard for example. Clouded leopards are very secretive in the wild.  They are amazing climbers that are able to climb down trees face first because of a rotating ankle joint.  They also have the largest canines of the Big Cat family in proportion to their size. They may not be the nicest animal to meet in the wild but they sure are cute in photographs!

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Guinness World Records, Awesome Thai Rock Band!!! So much more

Longest Place Name in Guinness World Records

In Thailand, Bangkok is known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep.  However the Ceremonial name is 168 letters long and is in the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest place name. 

Bangkok’s full ceremonial Name

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

Below is a translation of what it means in the English language

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) 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 Vishnukarn.

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Take a listen to the Thai Rock Band Asanee–Wasan “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” which repeats the full name throughout the song. https://sonichits.com/video/Asanee_Wasan/Krung_Thep_Mahanakhon

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Bangkok; A Cultural Hub since the Beginning

Bangkok: A Cultural Hub since the Beginning

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Windchimes is an Asian Fusion restaurant that boasts a variety of dishes from different Asian countries.  This month and part of September we will be looking at Thailand an amazing country full of inspiring cuisine and culture.  Thailand’s Capital is Bangkok as well as it’s most populous city with over eight million people living within the city limits and 14 million people living in the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. That’s a lot of people!

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Bangkok started as a trading post in the 15th century on the bank of Chao Phyraya River called Ayutthaya Kingdom. Ayutthaya Kingdom existed from 1350 - 1750 and expanded to incorporate current day Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Being both on the River as well as the Gulf of Thailand, Ayutthaya Kingdom was a cultural trading center that shared ideas with China, Europe, India, and Persia.  Fast Forward to Modern Bangkok, which is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. It is still among the world’s top tourist destinations.