Frequent travelers refer to Bangkok by its airport code BKK, with few knowing that the Thai capital’s formal moniker is a hundred times longer than the three alphabets. The full name first given by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, and later edited by King Mongkut, is:

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

The name is so lengthy that it is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s longest city name. But what does it mean? It can be translated as:

"The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God  Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarm".

So, now you know.