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The village of Thonburi, on the right (west) bank of the Chao Phraya (here in the lower left corner of the map), facing the fortress of Bangkok, during the 1688 Siege of Bangkok.[1]
Historical map of Thonburi on Chao Phraya River

Thonburi is a district in Bangkok, Thailand. The location of Thonburi is on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. In the past, Thonburi was the capital of Thailand, but later, the capital was moved to a place called Rattanakosin Island, which is on the eastern side of the river.[2]: p.14 

History[change | change source]

Thonburi was created in 1767 by King Taksin after Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, was destroyed. In 1782, King Rama I, who started the Chakri dynasty, moved the capital to the other side of the river. This place was called Rattanakosin. Later, Rattanakosin was renamed Bangkok.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jean Vollant des Verquains History of the revolution in Siam in the year 1688, in Smithies 2002, p.95-96
  2. Barrett, Kenneth (2013). "Introduction". 22 Walks in Bangkok (PDF). Singapore: Tuttle. p. 12. ISBN 9781462913800. Archived from the original (PDF 2.5MB 36 pp. ebook sample) on 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-07-27. ....'Thonburi' ... translated loosely as "Money Town" ....in 1557 ... became Thonburi Sri Maha Samut, "City of Treasures Gracing the Ocean".