The conference entitled “Role and Fate of Forest Ecosystems in a Changing World” will take place in Bangkok, the “City of Angels”.
Bangkok , capital of Thailand, is Thailand’s cultural and commercial centre. Bangkok is located on the delta of the Chao Phraya River, about 40 km from the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is a bustling, crowded city, with temples, factories, shops, and homes juxtaposed along its roads and canals. The name Bangkok, used commonly by foreigners, is derived from a name that dates to the time before the city was built - the village or district (bang) of wild plums (makok). The Thai call their capital Krung Thep, which is the first part of its mellifluous and lengthy official name meaning “the City of Gods, the Great City, the Residence of the Emerald Buddha, the Impregnable City (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the Grand Capital of the World Endowed with Nine Precious Gems, the Happy City Abounding in Enormous Royal Palaces Which Resemble the Heavenly Abode Wherein Dwell the Reincarnated Gods, a City Given by Indra and Built by Vishnukarm”. The abbreviated name Krung Thep is often translated as “City of Angels.”
Area: 1,565 km²
Population (2022): about 11 million
Religion: Buddhism (94%), Islam (5%), Christianity (about 1%), Animism and Hinduism.