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    (circa 1350- )
    Known as Krung Thep in the Thai language
    Capital of Thailand (April 21, 1782- )
    Metropolitan area population over 15 million
    Its full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Witsanukam Prasit, beating out that town in Wales for world's longest place name.
    Most Thai who can recall the full name do so by relying on a song.
    It inherited the name 'Bangkok' from a previous capital.
    It is a center for music and movie piracy and the sex trade.
    It is prone to massive traffic jams.
    Foreign tourists complain about blatant price gouging.
    They banned the Murray Head song 'One Night in Bangkok.'
    Like Los Angeles, its name means 'city of angels.'
    It was nicknamed 'the Venice of the East' for its extensive network of canals.
    The city has many green zones.
    It was named Asia's top tourist destination in both 'Travel and Leisure' and 'Conde Nast Traveler' (2007).
    Two of its hotels made the 'Travel and Leisure' top 10 list (2007).

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