The Flag of Thailand: what does it symbolise?


Thailand is a country in Asia that is officially a Kingdom with 76 provinces and more than 68 million people. Its capital is Bangkok and it is bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. The first official flag of Thailand was a plain red flag. It was used around the 1700 to 1790s. But the flag was too simple to be used in diplomatic events. So a change was required. In the year 1782, King Rama I, introduced a white Chakra in the centre of the red flag to represent the Chakri dynasty. From 1817 to 1843, King Rama II introduced a white elephant in the centre of the white chakra. Elephants were used as a royal symbol at that time. In 1843, King Rama IV, removed the white chakra and the size of elephant was enhanced. After 50 years, a few alterations were made to the elephant like accessories were added. In 1917, the flag was changed to five red and white striped flags. The blue color was added during World war I. Interesting thing to note is that all the colors of the flag, red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of its allies. The blue represents the monarchy and participation in World war I. The white represents the religion of Buddhism, which is practiced widely in Thailand. The red color represents the nation and the people of Thailand. Provinces of Thailand have their own flags as well that represent their culture and history.


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