What Is the World's Longest Town Name?

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The Welsh town of Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch claims to have the longest name in Great Britain, and it is likely the longest town name in the world. In Welsh, the double L counts as a single letter, but even with that consideration, this town's name is 53 letters long, just five fewer characters than the name would have if both Ls are counted.

In the Welsh language, this name translates to "the church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave."

If Bangkok, Thailand went by its official ceremonial Thai name, it would have the longest place name in the world: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.