For romantic Thai couples in Bangkok there is one area above all others which is considered the best place to tie the knot. The district of Bangrak covers a large area of modern-day Bangkok, but there was a time when this was just a small village. And with the name Bangrak translating as the ‘Village of Love’ it’s no surprise that so many couples getting married in Thailand make a beeline for the amphur offices in Bangrak.
Love in Bangrak
Nobody knows for sure how Bangrak got its name, but there are a couple of popular theories. A well-known hospital in the village supposedly led to the area becoming known as ‘Bangraksa’ (‘the village where people are cured’). Over time that became shortened to Bangrak. Another suggestion is that the name comes from a particular plant commonly called ‘rak‘ that grew in the canals in the area before it became more modernised. Whatever the origin of the name, Bangrak is firmly linked with romance and the ‘Bangrak’ stamp on wedding certificates is much in demand, especially on Valentine’s Day.
History of Bangrak
When Bangkok was first established as the Thai capital in the 18th century the small village of Bangrak laid outside the city walls. With urbanisation the city limits continued to extend outwards and Bangrak was gradually enveloped. Looking at the area these days it’s difficult to imagine it as quiet village. Today it’s home to busy roads lined with international hotels. But there are still links to the past in the side-streets and older neighbourhoods and it’s also home to some excellent street food.
Built during the reign of King Rama IV, Charoen Krung Road cuts a swathe through Bangrak. The iconic State Tower with its Golden Dome is one of the most prominent landmarks, but when the MahaNakhon skyscraper is complete it will become Thailand’s tallest building and add a new chapter in the development of Bangrak.
Bangrak amphur office
In Bangkok, amphur offices are usually called ‘khet‘ but the work they do is the same as amphur offices throughout Thailand.
Khet Bangrak Registration Office
5 Nares Road, Kwang Siphraya
map of Bangrak from Wikipedia