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A Bangkok Gallery with old and new Images

After the fall of Ayutthaya came the rise of Bangkok (Krung Thep in Thai)
Here is a Bangkok image gallery with old and new photos.

King Rama ordered to move Bangkok which was declared the new capital after Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese army. The city was moved from Thon Buri, which was almost an empty piece of land (left side on the photo above) to the east bank of the Chao Phraya River

The relocation was to ensure the safety from Burmese attacks by putting the wide river between their army and the new capital. The land on the east bank is like a cape with an area low enough for the new Royal Palace. The river is a natural protective moat on the west and south sides of the city. Additional moats were dug on the north and east sides creating a secure island for the new capital city.

The source of it was Thon Buri , a small-size town, situated on both sides of the river what used to be a major fort city important in terms of defense and commerce since the days of Ayutthaya. The fort that was built during King Narai the Great's reign is the Wichai Prasit Fort, situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, the city was in a good geographical location as the river was deep and not far from the sea. 

Bangkok seen from Pantip Plaza

Thon Buri is on the west bank of the river

On the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, were two temples: Wat Salak (Wat Maha That Yuwarat Rangsarit to the north; and Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram) to the south. The center of Thon Buri was the residential areas of the Chinese and Vietnamese, while the outer sectors were the residential areas for the Laotians and Malays.
  
This meant that those enemies who lacked the naval skills would find it difficult to get by. If the enemies were to advance, the Siamese army was able to move back to Chanthaburi, the former headquarter, easily.

Furthermore, Thon Buri was an important city that had control trade routes, which proved beneficial when dealing with foreign and other regional cities, and easy transportation routes for moving military supplies including any facilities used to defend and develop the country. As the new capital city was not far from Ayutthaya, it was easy for people to move there and settle down in the new capital.

King Tak Sin the Great built his royal residence within the Wichai Prasit Fort, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. He ordered the excavation of moats and built walls on all sides. To the east of the river was the Royal Palace. Near the Royal Palace, there were two temples on the other side of the river.

Wat Chaeng  / Arun (the Temple of Dawn) to the north; and Wat Thai Talat (Wat Moli Lokayararn) to the south
Chao Praya River Cruise Bangkok and Wat Arun
Bangkok and the Mega Bridge over  the Chao Phraya River.
The tallest building in Thailand
Thailand highest building
In 2016 the MahaNakhon Building in Bangkok
was finished and immediately at Bla-Bla storm of so called Thai activists erupted because it was built by a German architect and not a Thai. When people were asking why this "activists" full of xenophobia, brought that up after the building was finished and not before it was built they couldn't answer. The picture left is from BP.
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Nana and the Arab Quarter
Bangkok Photo Gallery
This is definitely little Arabia in exotic Middle East Backdrop.

It is somehow similar to an Egypt, Lebanese or any other Souk in the Golf region mixed with Thai style and the usual chaos.

Most Arab restaurants won't serve beer and other alcoholics which won't matter since for drinking and girls you will visit Nana Sukhumvit anyway which is just across the road close to the BTS Station.

What makes this place interesting in the night is the wide range of exotic food from various regions of the Middle East such as the Gulf, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Persia etc.
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