Behind every flag, there is a story. Have you ever wondered what the story is behind the colours of the national flag of the Kingdom of Thailand? Let us enlighten you with a quick historical insight.
The current Thai flag is one of the world’s oldest flags, officially adopted according to the royal decree issued by Rama VI on September 28, 1917. The national flag is locally known as Thong Trairong, which literally means ‘tricolour’. The flag comprises five horizontal stripes in the colours red, white, blue, white and red; the flag’s central blue stripe is twice as wide as the other stripes.
What does the flag design represent?
In short, Thailand’s flag stands for nation-religion-king, a kind of unofficial motto that Thai people live by. The red stripes represent Thailand’s blood spilt in its bid to maintain independence; the white stands for purity and Buddhism (the country’s primary religion), and blue symbolises the Thai monarchy. The blue stripe also has a double meaning as it stands in solidarity and honours Thailand’s World War I allies, namely Great Britain, France, the United States and Russia, which all have red, white and blue flags.