Want to know the English translation for Krung-thep-maha-nakorn-boworn-ratana-kosin-mahintar-ayudhya-amaha-dilok-pop-nopa-ratana-rajthani-burirom-udom-rajniwes-mahasat-arn-amorn-pimarn-avatar-satit-sakattiya-visanukam?
The longer version spelled with 163 letters probably holds the record for the longest place name in the world. It’s not surprising that only a handful of Thais can remember the full name of this city in Thailand. The abbreviated English translation means “Jeweled City of the God Indra”, but most Thais simply refer to it as “Krung Thep”, or “City of Angels”. It is actually the original name of the city of Bangkok!
The original name written in full above was created using a combination of two different ancient languages, Sanskrit and Pali. In fact, the only Thai word in the entire name is actually “Krung” which means capital. If one were to translate the full name it would go something like this: ‘The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma”.
The English Translation for a Place in New Zealand
is another exceptionally long place name (spelled either with 85 or 92 letters) found in New Zealand, and is the Maori name for a hill near Porangahau, Hawkes Bay. The English translation of the name is actually a combination of the words taumata (brow of a hill), whakatangihanga (music making), koauau (flute), o (of), tamatea (name of a famous chief), turi pukaka (bony knees), piki maunga (climbing a mountain), horo (slip), nuku (move), pokai whenua (widely travelled), ki (to), tana (his), tahu (beloved).
Although this Maori name was used in the past,now it is usually abbreviated as Taumata. The English translation of the original name is “The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land eater, played his flute to his loved one.”
A more recent translation of the actual road sign produced the following: “The brow of the hill where Tamatea, with the bony knees, who slid and climbed mountains, the great traveller, sat and played on the flute to his beloved.”
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