The city of Rattanakosin founded
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, was founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by Phutthayotfa Chulalok (known as Rama I) on April 21, 1782. He set up his government there following the the destruction of Ayutthaya by Burmese invaders. Rama I fortified the city with a 4.4 mile wall with 15 forts and 63 gates.
Life in the city was for long founded on the canals, or klongs, which provided valuable defenses as well as means of transport, and Bangkok was known as the ‘Venice of the East’.