Thailand flag can be seen in numerous places from
all over the country, the Thais being very
government buildings are not the only places where
you can see the flag; it is on people’s houses, on
tuk-tuks, private business and boats.
exposure to the nature’s elements may cause some
damages to the flag but it remains a proud Thai
history of the Thailand flag is interesting. King
Mongkut is the one which the first official flag is
credited to, in 1855. Before him, it seems that the
flags were plain red.
white elephant’s royal symbol was added to this red
flag by Rama IV (King Mongkut), in order to make a
more distinguishable flag.
changed the flag’s design one more time, in 1916;
the legend says that he saw a flag that was upside
down flying and this determined him to make a
symmetrical flag to avoid this to happen again. ama IV decided
for a design that is used today excepting the middle band
which was red, not blue like now.
became blue in 1917 and the reason of its change is
disputed. According to historians, the blue band was
seen by Rama VI as a color of freedom since Thailand
was an ally of France, Britain and America in the
World War I and all the three countries had white,
red and blue colors in their flags.
there are other historians who say that blue
represents Rama VI, being his color as he was born
on Friday. The change could have been inspired by
one of these things or by one of it, it is not sure
The actual colors of the flag are symbols of
three extremely important things in the Thais’ life:
monarchy, religion and nation.
The religion is
represented by the white color. The monarchy is
represented by the blue color. The nation and the
spilled blood to keep an independent and free
Thailand are represented by the red color of the
are about the white color also; some say that the color is
related to the Buddhism’s
while others say that it represents not only the
Buddhism but all the religions of Thailand.
see the Thailand flag flown alone or together with
other flags with their meaning.
example, the Thai flag can be seen next to a yellow
flag having the royal insignia. It is the flag of
the king and the yellow color represents the king,
born on Monday.
king, the queen also has a flag, blue, as she is
born on Friday; the flag has an individual royal
are yellow flags that don’t represent the king. A
Thai flag and a yellow flag with a round symbol can
be seen at festivals and temples.
This flag is
Buddhist and the circle represents the Dharmachakra known as
the Wheel of Doctrine or the Wheel of Life.