Thailand Trivia Quiz Question No. 999
Which city was serving as Thailand's capital when the site of the current capital, Bangkok, was chosen to be the new capital?
Thonburi, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, was an important garrison town in Thailand. In 1768, a year after the sack of Ayutthaya by the Burmese, General Taksin took back Thonburi and, by right of conquest, made it the capital of the Thonburi Kingdom with himself king until 6 April 1782. Rama I, as newly enthroned king, decided to move the capital to across the river, where stakes driven into the soil of Bangkok for the City Pillar at 06:45 on 21 April 1782, marked the official founding of the new capital. In 1970 Thonburi was Thailand's second largest city proper with around 600,000 residents.