Friday, August 13, 2010

Bangkok Webcam - Thailand Celebrates Ramadan 2010

We are now well into the first week of Ramadan for 2010. Ramadan is absolutely the holiest of months in the Islamic calendar, and fasting during this month is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. The entire month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.

This live webcam is from the city of Bangkok, which has one of the fastest growing muslim populations in the world:

Bangkok Webcam

Location Information:

Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Known in Thai as Krung Thep Mahanakhon meaning "City of the Deity") for short, it was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It came to the forefront of Siam when it was given the status as the capital city in 1768 after the burning of Ayutthaya. However, the current Rattanakosin Kingdom did not begin until 1782 when the capital was moved across the river by Rama I after the death of King Taksin. The Rattanakosin capital is now more formally called "Phra Nakhon", pertaining to the ancient boundaries in the metropolis' core and the name Bangkok now incorporates the urban build-up since the 18th century which has its own public administration and governor.