The official English name of Thailand’s capital is being changed from “Bangkok” to “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” which is the same name used in the Thai language.

The Cabinet yesterday approved in principle the Office of the Prime Minister’s draft announcement about the updated titles of countries, territories, administrative regions, and capital cities.

This new update, proposed by the Office of the Royal Society, includes the change of the official English title of Thailand’s capital city from Bangkok to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, with the commonly known title of “Bangkok” kept within parentheses.

The Office of the Royal Society said this update will enable government agencies to use the same titles that better reflect the current situation.

The name “Bangkok” can continue to be used to refer to Thailand’s capital, even after this official update goes into effect.

On its Facebook page, the ORST also said both names could be used, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon and Bangkok. According to an explanation by King Rama IV, Bangkok was the old name of Thon Buri, the former capital of the kingdom, because it was located along the Bangkok Noi and Bangkok Yai canals. Historically, it has been in common use for a long time.

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Reporter : Tanakorn Sangiam

Rewriter : Thammarat Thadaphrom

National News Bureau : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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