What Bangkok, Thailand looked like in the 1950s Through These Fascinating Vintage Photos

During the reign of General Chao Phraya Chakkri, founder of the ruling Chakkri dynasty, Bangkok became the capital of Siam (as Thailand was known before). The new capital moved the court from the west to the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The city became a popular destination for U.S. military personnel, increasing tourism. After World War II, Bangkok has grown at an unprecedented pace, which has caused problems with transportation, communication, housing, water supply, drainage, and pollution.

They modernized the Siamese public, and American influences molded Bangkok into an enchanting, charming, soft, sophisticated, relatively orderly but accommodating city. Throughout Thailand, rapid changes occurred from the 1950s on. A free-wheeling social scene and free enterprise in commerce dominated the day. The pleasure-loving, gracious and hospitable Siamese made it easy for Americans to thrive here.

Here are some fascinating vintage photos that will take you back to Bangkok in the 1950s.

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