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BANGKOK TO CHANGE NAME TO KRUNG THEP MAHA NAKHON

According to an article by the Bangkok Post, The Office of the Royal Society (ORST) made an announcement that will see Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, adopting a new name, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

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Approved by Thai cabinet

This was after Thailand’s cabinet approved a draft from the Prime Minister’s Office on updated names which are proposed by the ORST on countries, territories, capitals and administrative zones.

The official new name of Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is still pending the vetting by a committee who will scrutinise the draft bills.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Thailand has also made additional observations, which the cabinet has asked the committee to consider.

Thailand’s cabinet had approved the announcement during their weekly meeting held on Tuesday and it said that the updates are made to be in line with the current situation.

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This draft announcement will revoke the Prime Minister’s previous announcement dated on 9 Nov 2001, and will use the ORST’s announcement on updated names of 1 Sept 2021.

Other updated names

Names of capitals of other countries have also been updated in this same announcement such as changing Italy’s capital from Rome to Roma, Myanmar’s capital from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw and the Kingdom of Nepal has also been changed to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon will be used as its official name but the name Bangkok will still be recognised.

The Facebook page of the Office of the Royal Society added that both names can be used as the announcement had drew widespread criticism from the public.

Bangkok has been used for 21 years

The name, Bangkok, has been used for 21 years dating back to Nov 2001 in the previous announcement by the Office of the Royal Society.

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The name came from a smaller area in the capital which is now part of Bangkok Noi and Bangkok Yai districts.

It has also been in used for a very long time historically.

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