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Almost the longest town name in the world.


If you ever go to visit Wales in the United Kingdom you would be missing out on a good laugh if you did not go to see for yourself a small town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Many of the people there are very proud of their little town and its name. If you ask one of the people there to pronounce the name of their town, they are usually happy to oblige. Most people visiting would have a lot of trouble saying the name and I'm sure the locals have a good laugh at some of the attempts to pronounce the name. Many people visiting are intrigued when they hear the locals say the name, I suppose that is why the question is asked.

Originally the town had a shorter, easier to pronounce name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. 'I think I would still have trouble pronouncing that'!

In the 1860s, more syllables were added to attract more visitors to the town. It is believed the name was officially conjured up by the village council, intentionally for the privilege and reputation of having the longest railway station name in Great Britain, who would have known.

Do you think you could pronounce the name properly? The name is usually shortened to Llanfair P.G.

Llanfair P.G. is not very far from Caernarfon Castle, one of the largest castles in Wales. Well worth a visit too.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch means; "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave." Many people from Wales emigrated all over the world because they thought they would obtain a better life in a nother country. My Nana who was born in Wales in 1902 she was one of the children of those who emigrated to Australia in 1908, she died in 2003 how long do you think she lived? Long names must go with long lives!

Did you know that Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is not the longest town name in the world? Thailand has a town whose name has 163 letters:

Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnop- paratrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathit- sakkattiyavisanukamprasit.

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