This is a souvenir acrylic fridge magnet of Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is the capital and the most populated city of Thailand. The city has a population of over eight million and over fourteen million people live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is the seat of all branches of the national government. The Government House, Parliament House and Supreme, Administrative and Constitutional Courts are all located within the city. Bangkok is the site of the Grand Palace and Chitralada Villa, the residence of the king. There are 117 skyscrapers over 100 metres (330 ft) tall in the city, with 37 under construction as of 2012. Bangkok was ranked as the world's twenty-third-tallest city in 2011. There are fears that the city may be submerged by 2030. Subsidence has resulted in increased flood risk, as Bangkok is already prone to flooding due to its low altitude and inadequate drainage infrastructure resulting from rapid urbanization.
Economic Disparity In Bangkok
The city now relies on flood barriers and augmenting drainage from canals by pumping and building drain tunnels, but parts of Bangkok and its suburbs are still regularly affected by flooding. Heavy downpours resulting in urban runoff overwhelming drainage systems, and runoff discharge from upstream areas, are major triggering factors. Severe flooding affecting much of the city occurred recently in 1995 and 2011. While most of Bangkok's streets are fronted by shophouses, the largely unrestricted building frenzy of the 1980s transformed the city into an urban jungle of skyscrapers and high rises exhibiting contrasting and clashing styles. On the other hand, as a result of economic disparity, many slums have emerged in the city. A large number of slums are concentrated near the Bangkok Port in Khlong Toei District. In 2000 there were over a million people living in about eight hundred slum settlements.