Remarkable for a Guinness World Record recognizing the biggest building made exclusively from corrugated paper, Bangkok is also the Kingdom of Thailand’s capital city. Dimensions for Bangkok’s paper edifice are 58.7 feet (17.9 meters) long, 49.8 feet (15.2 meters) wide and 21 feet (6.4 meters) high.
Thailand was once called Siam and is located at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. Thailand’s neighbors include Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
Bangkok’s transportations systems play a key role in supporting Thailand’s standing in international trade. In 2016, Thailand exported US$213.6 billion worth of goods. According to the International Trade Centre, highest value Thai exports are computers, automobiles, electronic integrated circuits, processed petroleum oils, natural rubber, air conditioning machines and gold.
Capital Facts for Bangkok, Thailand: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), Phra Sumeru Fortress and the Grand Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Bangkok, Thailand
- Chamras Saewataporn, singer & composer (born Dec. 9, 1955)
- Danai Udomchoke, professional tennis player (born Aug. 11, 1981)
- Bui Simon, actress & former Miss Universe (born Feb. 7, 1969)
- Pornthip Rojanasunand, forensive pathologist & author (born Dec. 21, 1954)
- Mimi Tanasorn Chindasook, figure skater (born Feb. 7, 1995)
- Paula Taylor, actress, model & presenter (born Jan. 20, 1983)
- Rujjana Utaiwan, singer & actress (born Oct. 24, 1982)
- Yong Poovorawan, medical professor (born Nov. 5, 1950)
- Pornsak Prajakwit, media personality & TV host (born Jan. 14, 1982)
- Tammy Duckworth, congresswoman (born Mar. 12, 1968)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Bangkok resident: Bangkokian
Population: 8,280,925 (Bangkok city)
Density: 13,672 people per square mile (5,279 per square kilometer)
Population: 15,315,000 (Bangkok Metropolitan Region)
Density: 15,300 people per square mile (5,900 per square kilometer)
Population: 68,200,824 (Thailand)
Density: 346 people per square mile (133 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$306.8 billion in 2014 (Bangkok Metropolitan Region)
GDP per person: $19,705
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Bangkok: Thai baht
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 18, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 18, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 18, 2016
Guinness World Records, Largest paper building. Accessed on January 26, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 26, 2017
Official Government Website, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Accessed on November 18, 2016
The World Factbook, Field Listing: World, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 18, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 18, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Bangkok. Accessed on January 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Accessed on January 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Thailand. Accessed on January 26, 2017
Bangkok city proper has a land area of 606 square miles (1,569 square kilometers). Thailand’s capital city had estimated population of 8.3 million residents in 2015.
Distinct from the Bangkok city metropolis, the Bangkok Metropolitan Region is home to 15.3 million people living within 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers).
At the country level, Thailand’s land area covers 197,256 square miles (510,890 square kilometers). The national population count was 68.2 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Thailand was founded in 1238 and was never colonized. Thai residents celebrate the birthday of King Phumiphon (Bhumibol) each December 5.
Bangkok city’s population density is an average 13,700 residents per square mile (5,300 per square kilometer).
Density within the Bangkok Metropolitan Region is more concentrated averaging 15,300 people per square mile (5,900 per square kilometer).
For Thailand overall, population density drops drastically to an average 346 inhabitants per square mile (133 per square kilometer).