Bangkok stad i Thailand med operahus

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Bangkok stad i Thailand med operahus

Bangkok är Thailands huvudstad. Bangkok är en självständig kommun på ungefär samma administrativa nivå som landets provinser. Staden hade cirka 8,3 miljoner invånare vid folkräkningen 2010, med cirka 14,6 miljoner invånare i hela storstadsområdet.

Staden är en av de ekonomiskt viktigaste städerna i Sydostasien och ett av världens populäraste turistmål. Stadsbilden är mycket varierande; moderna skyskrapor, kåkstäder, palats och ungefär 400 tempel blandas om vartannat.

Bangkok blev Thailands huvudstad 1782 då kung Rama I (Phra Phutthayotfa), grundaren av Chakridynastin, flyttade sitt residens från Thonburi på andra sidan floden Chao Phraya.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bangkok  is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.   The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.

The Asian investment boom in the 1980s and 1990s led many multinational corporations to locate their regional headquarters in Bangkok. The city is now a major regional force in finance and business. It is an international hub for transport and health care, and is emerging as a regional centre for the arts, fashion and entertainment. The city is known for its vibrant street life and cultural landmarks, as well as its notorious red-light districts. The historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions such as the nightlife scenes of Khaosan Road and Patpong. Bangkok is among the world’s top tourist destinations. It is named the most visited city in MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index, and was named “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Bangkok’s rapid growth accompanied by little urban planning and regulation has resulted in a haphazard cityscape and inadequate infrastructure systems. Bangkok’s eight million cars and 17 million commuter trips per day, coupled with an inadequate road network despite an extensive expressway network, have resulted in chronic and crippling traffic congestion.[6] This in turn caused severe air pollution in the 1990s. The city has since turned to public transport in an attempt to solve this major problem. Four rapid transit lines are now in operation, with more systems under construction or planned by the national government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

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