The sign reads "Khet Changwat Krung Thep", and had a second similar sign below it I could not read fast enough. The strange thing - Bangkok is not a Changwat, like I have written about that Bueng Kan is the 76th province, and not the 77th like so many believe not knowing the administrative details of Bangkok Metropolis. Yet while I can understand that many laypeople don't know these details, I was clearly surprised that an official sign does show this wrong information.
Well, actually there was a Changwat Krug Thep, but only for the short period of January 1 1973 when the provinces Phra Nakhon and Thonburi were merged, and 1975 when the law on the special administrative area of Krung Thep was becoming effective [Gazette]. While the sign I spotted was a bit weathered, it was certainly not 35 years old, so it must have been made at a time when it was wrong already. Amazing Thailand as usual...
But in fact even more amazing is to try the term "จังหวัดกรุงเทพ" on the Royal Gazette search page, as this returns more than 100 results. For example in 2006 the Election Commission announced the Senator election in Bangkok calling it Changwat [Gazette] - though in the actual PDF it is correct without Changwat, only in the search index it is wrong. Though I haven't checked them all, this seems to be only an issue with the database, where the clerk entering the topic fell into the misconception that Bangkok is a province.
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