Thailand Is Changing The Name Of Its Capital City Bangkok


Thailand is changing the name of the capital Bangkok to its local name, according to the Office of the Royal Society (ORST).

The official name change means Bangkok will now be known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

However, Bangkok will still be recognized.

The new name will not affect until a committee vets it, scrutinizing all draft bills.

Thailand's Royal Society - which is responsible for academic and linguistic standards.

Cleared up any confusion after a seemingly innocuous change in punctuation in official guidance.

Sparked a flurry of speculation that the city's name was being changed.

The Cabinet approved a Royal Society proposal changing how the capital is referred to internationally.

From 'Krung Thep Maha Nakhon; Bangkok' to 'Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok).'

As people sought to divine the meaning behind changing the semicolon to parentheses.

Many attached great weight to the accompanying explanation

That it would 'revise' the capital city's name and keep the 'former' name in brackets.

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