Bangkok is a city in Thailand.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, as well as the country’s most populous city. It is located in Central Thailand. It contains approximately 12.6 percent of the country's population, which amounts to over eight million in an area of 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi). In the native Thai, Bangkok is known as ‘Krung Thep Maha Nakhon’ or simply ‘Krung Thep’.
Bangkok originally started off as a small trading post in the 15th century, but eventually grew in size and importance to become the capital. It grew rapidly through the 1960s and the 1980s, and exerts a significant impact among Thailand's politics, economy, education, media and modern society.
Bangkok is now a regional force in finance and business, as well as an international hub for transport and health care. It is also an emerging regional centre for the arts, fashion and entertainment. Furthermore, it is a tourist hub, mainly known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, such as the historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples Wat Arun and Wat Pho. The city is also known for its notorious red-light districts, such as Patpong and other nightlife scenes, such as Khaosan Road.
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