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Documentary: "A gym in Bangkok"


Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a city full of contrasts. An example is the Bangkok Gym, a gym set in the middle of a garden. A perfect place to keep fit among the noisy streets of the city.

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Bangkok (in Thai, Phra Nakhon, 'the capital city', or Krung Thep, 'city of angels'), capital and main city of Thailand, located in the central part of the south of the city, by the river Chao Phraya, next to the gulf of Siam.

Bangkok is an important commercial and communication centre of Southeast Asia.

Thanks to its condition of junction and of fluvial port, it is the commercial centre of a high percentage of the exportations and importations of Thailand.

The city is in a region of plains occupied by rice fields, being the grinding of rice one of the most important industries of Bangkok. Other industrial activities are the joining of engines of vehicles, petrol refineries, food industry, textile, cementeries and jewelleries. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations has its main headquarters there, as well as other regional offices of the organization.

Bangkok was founded in 1782, when the general Pya Chakri, acceded to the throne of Siam with the name of Rama the I, and moved the capital there from Thon Buri, on the western shore of the river, where he had been since 1767. The city, whose current denomination comes from its proximity to a small fishermen's coast village called Ban Kok ('village of olive trees), received the name of Krung Thep ('city of angels) and its plan was carried out on a network of canals, as an imitation of those of the ancient capital, Ayutthaya. In the Second World War the city was occupied by Japan and it suffered the bombing of the allies in 1944 and 1945.

Tourism has been one of the factors that has favoured the rapid growth of the economy of the city and of Thailand in general; the presence of tis beautiful beaches and numerous artistic monuments that show its cultural richness contribute to its expansion.

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