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Thailand Flag Meaning



Thailand Flag Meaning

The flag of Thailand is one of the most distinct flags in the world’s flags; although it has an ordinary look, its history is very interesting.

There are stripes on the flag, in horizontal shapes of white, blue and red colours.

A strong symbolism is contained by the Thai flag; the three colours are symbols of the religion, king and nation. The flag was adopted in 1917, on September 28. In the Thai language the flag has the name Thong Trairong or Triaranga which means the tricolour.

King Rama IV (Mongkut) made the first Thai flag, in 1855; the flag had a white elephant and wasn’t unique.

In 1916 the flag was designed in the actual model, excepting the middle colour that was red.


This important change happened at the initiative of the King Rama VI (Vajiravudh); he saw a Thai flag positioned upside down and took the decision of changing the design immediately in order to avoid this mistake to happen again. The flag’s middle colour was changed from red to blue, in 1917, the blue colour representing the King Vajiravudh’s birthday.


Thailand Flag Meaning

Thailand first flag was red, used for Siam and during the king Narai’s reign (1656-1688). There were also flags used in naval purposes; these flags were also red and with various symbols.

One of the most common symbols was a white chakra, which is a symbol of the Buddhist wheel; other symbols were a white disc and a sun or a white elephant in chakra. The Royal Thai Navy is the emblem of the national flag and is situated in centre.


Costa Rica has a national flag that looks very much like the national flag of Thailand. Regarding the Thailand flag meaning, the red stripes are the symbol of the blood that was spilt to keep the independence of the country.


The white symbolises the purity and is also the Buddhism’s colour, this religion being the principal religion of Thailand. The blue is the symbol of the monarchy and also the national colour of Thailand.


This colour also honours the country’s allies in the World War II: Russia, Great Britain, United States and France, all these countries used to have flags with blue, white and red. 


One interesting fact about the Thailand flag is that in 1939 the country became Thailand from Siam and the flag was kept the same even after the country’s alliance with Japan in the World War II.

It is forbidden to show any form of disrespect to the Thai flag.

The function or the act of raising the flag on a rope is called hoist.

The Thai flag must never be used, displayed, stored or fastened in manners that would damage it somehow.

The flag must be hoisted and then lowered.

 It is forbidden to display one nation’s flag above other flag. It is not allowed to attach any letter, design, mark, picture, insignia, word, drawing on the Thai flag.

Meaning of Thailand Flag

If a flag is in a deteriorate shape it must not be destroyed in an undignified way.  



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