It’s Still Bangkok: Thailand Quells Talk of Name Change

No, English speakers and others using the Roman alphabet aren't going to have to start calling the Thai capital by its local name, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

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Peoples walk on the elevated pathway under the "Bangkok" signage written on the sky train track in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. After some confusions, the Royal Society issued a clarification explaining: “Writing the capital city’s official name with the Roman alphabet can be done both as Krung Thep Maha Nakon and Bangkok.” (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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BANGKOK (AP) — No, English speakers and others using the Roman alphabet aren’t going to have to start calling the Thai capital by its local name, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, and drop the more familiar “Bangkok.” That’s the message from Thailand’s Royal Society, which is responsible for academic and linguistic standards, after a seemingly innocuous change in punctuation in official guidance sparked a flurry of speculation that the city’s name was being changed. It started…

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