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Recognize Thai flags

These Thai flags are displayed on the facades of houses, temples, and administrations to show his attachment to the king, queen, Buddhist religion, and country.

The Thai flag

Thai flag

Adopted on 28 September 1917 by decree of King Rama VI, the Thai flag has three colors in five horizontal bands (its Thai name is ธงไตรรงค์, Thong Trairong, meaning tricolor):

-the red one for the nation,
-the white one for the faith and purity of Theravada Buddhism,
-the blue one for the monarchy.

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s flag, Rama X

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn's flag
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s flag

The flag of the new King of Thailand, SM Rama X or Maha Vajiralongkorn, raised to the throne on December 1, 2016.

If he keeps the yellow color, it is because he was born on a Monday like his father (see link on the colors of the week at the end of the article).

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s flag

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej's flag
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s flag

Yellow flag of former king SM Bhumibol Adulyadej (the color of the Monday day of the King’s birth).

The center represents the royal monogram (ภ ป ร: ภูมิพล อดุลย เดช รม ป รม ราชาธิราช: Bhumibol Adulyadej Paramarajadhiraja equivalent to Bhumibol Rex).

It is completed by the Thai symbol for the sacred syllable “Aum” and the great crown of victory.

Queen Sirikit’s flag

Queen Sirikit's flag
Queen Sirikit’s flag

Flag of HM Queen Sirikit, blue (the color of Friday, the Queen’s birthday).

The center represents the royal monogram of Queen Sirikit (ส ก: สิริ กิ ติ์ กิ ติ ยาก ร: Sirikit Kitiyakara), completed by the great crown of victory.

The flag of Thai Buddhism

The flag of Thai Buddhism
The flag of Thai Buddhism

The yellow or orange flag of Buddhism, with a red Dharma wheel, used as a Buddhist emblem in Thailand.

It is much more beautiful and representative of Buddhism than the flag chosen by the World Federation of Buddhism.


The colors of the King’s and Queen’s Thai flags are linked to their birthdays, to find out more:
In Thailand, there is a color for each day of the week

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Settled in Thailand since a few years (with trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), I love this country and its inhabitants, the real country of Smiles! Sorry for any translation errors that may occur. Feel free to mention them in the comments, I will correct them. Thank you.

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