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What is the royal anthem of Thailand?

Another important ‘anthem’ in Thailand, which you should be aware of, is the ‘King’s Song’ known in Thai as “Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami” or ‘A Salute to the Monarchy’. This song is played at state functions and whenever a member of the Thai royal family is present. It is also played before every movie in Thailand, and at live music performances and plays.

Before the 1932 coup, the royal anthem doubled as the third national anthem of Siam (the old name for Thailand). Some sources credit Russian composer Pyotr Schurovsky, others name Dutch composer Hevutzen, and yet others cite a traditional Thai melody as the anthem's source. The lyrics were originally written by the king's brother, Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs, but King Rama VI had them rewritten and adopted as the royal (and national) anthem in 1913.

Thais hold their king in near-divine esteem; refusing to stand for this song is a sign of extreme disrespect. It has come to my attention that many non-Asian moviegoers in local theaters are sitting down when the song is played. If a Thai person finds offense, you could be arrested for doing this.

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Royal Anthem's Lyrics in Thai




นบพระภูมิบาล บุญดิเรก





ผลพระคุณ ธ รักษา



ธ ประสงค์ใด



ดุจถวายชัย ชโย

Kha Wora Phuttha Chao

Ao Mano Lae Sira Kran

Nop Phra Phummi Ban Bunya Direk

Ek Boromma Chakkrin

Phra Sayamin

Phra Yotsa Ying Yong

Yen Sira Phro Phra Bori Ban

Phon Phra Khun Tha Raksa

Puang Pracha Pen Sukkha San

Kho Bandan

Tha Prasong Dai

Chong Sarit Dang

Wang Wora Haruethai

Ducha Thawai Chai - Chayo

Thai royal anthem lyrics in English

We, subjects of Our Excellent Lord,

bend our heads and minds in deepest homage

to Your Majesty whose merits are boundless

Great Descendent of the Celestial Line,

Sovereign Monarch of Siam,

may your greatness extend in time.

Your bounteous care shelters our heads.

Your merits harbour us in happiness.

May every hope in Your Majesty's heart

be realized in every way

as in this loyal wish to our Sovereign King.

Chaiyo (Bravo)

How to behave when Thai royal anthem is played

Learning how to behave when the Thai national anthem is played is easy.

Treat the national anthem and King’s Song with respect when you are in Thailand. After all, it takes only a few seconds, both songs are beautiful and, when in your own country, you would expect Thais to behave respectfully to your national anthem. So please do the same for theirs.

By the way, if you don’t know what it sounds like, this is one of the videos of the Thai national anthem played on Thai TV every day at 8am and 6pm.

What is Thailand's national anthem?

A noticeably more upbeat number compared to the royal anthem, Thailand’s national anthem Phleng Chat came into being as the result of a series of competitions, years before the X Factor was even an apple in Simon Cowell’s eye. The lyrics were chopped and changed after holding competitions in both 1934 and 1939, and the country’s name also changed from Siam to Thailand in 1939, which was reflected in the newer lyrics. Like most national anthems, Phleng Chat contains nationalist lyrics, praising Thailand’s independence and vowing to give their all to protect it. With new lyrics in tow, the prime minister also decreed that the anthem should be played twice daily, at 8am and 6pm, alongside the raising and lowering of the Thai flag. School students around the country sing the anthem and raise the flag every morning, whilst government offices also have their own flags to raise and observe the anthem.

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Lyrics To Thai National Anthem - เพลงชาติ (Phleng Chat)


เป็นประชารัฐ ไผทของไทยทุกส่วน


ด้วยไทยล้วนหมาย รักสามัคคี

ไทยนี้รักสงบ แต่ถึงรบไม่ขลาด



เถลิงประเทศชาติไทยทวี มีชัย ชโย

Prathet thai ruam lueatnuea chat chuea thai,

Pen pracha rat, phathai khong thai thuk suan,

Yu damrong khong wai dai thang muan,

duai thai luan mai, rak samakkhi,

thai ni rak sangop, tae thueng rop mai khlat,

Ekkarat cha mai hai khrai khom khi,

Sala lueat thuk yat pen chat phali,

Thaloeng prathet chat thai thawi, mi chai, chayo!

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The lyrics to the Thai National Anthem in English

Thailand is the unity of Thai blood and body.

The whole country belongs to the Thai people, maintaining thus far for the Thai.

All Thais intend to unite together.

Thais love peace but do not fear to fight.

They will never let anyone threaten their independence.

They will sacrifice every drop of their blood to contribute to the nation, will serve their country with pride and prestige full of victory.

Chai Yo. [Thai language for ‘Cheers’].

When Is The Thai National Anthem Played?

Every day at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thai national anthem is played. It can be heard on every TV and radio station, as well as in every government building, every BTS and MRT station, every bus terminal, every park, and every other public space in Bangkok.

At 8 a.m. each day, Thai schools also play the national anthem. Two students will hoist the Thai flag to the top of the school flagpole while the entire student body stands and sings the national anthem.

How To Behave When You Hear the Thai National Anthem – Every Thai is brought up to know, when the national anthem plays, they must stop what they are doing and stand to attention to respect the song and, of course, the country.

That is why, at sky train stations, in parks, in shopping malls and in government buildings all over Thailand, you will see people stop what they are doing as the first strains of music are heard, and stand to attention.

Interesting facts about Thailand

Songkran New Year holiday in Thailand. Photo: Livinglocal
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Birthplace of Red Bull

Red Bull was first developed in Thailand in 1976 and sold under the name Krating Daeng to target the country's working class. Dietrich Mateschtiz, in search of a remedy for his jet lag, discovered the beverage and went into business with its Thai inventor, helping to turn the product into a household name around the world. The beverage most commonly consumed in Europe and North America is carbonated, while the beverage consumed in Thailand is still.

Land of ghosts

Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Thailand, but ghosts are. Ghosts are widely believed in in Thailand, and form a large part of a person’s daily routine. Thai homes and business often have spirit houses and shrines, where offerings are made to appease the spirits. Thailand also has its share of malevolent ghosts, such as the floating viscera and head of Krasue, and whistling is said to call ghosts to your location.

Longest city name

Thais call their capital city Krung Thep, making Bangkok's name the longest in the world. Krung Thep is the complete name for it. Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Ratchathani Burirom Amon Piman Sathit Sakkathattiya Awatan That's a lot of characters to tweet out: Witsanukam Prasit.

Monkey college

Thailand is home to both highly regarded academic institutions and some that are more out of the ordinary. Yes, you read that correctly; Surat Thani, Thailand is home to a college specifically for monkeys. When a monkey completes its training at one of these facilities, it receives a lavish graduation feast in exchange for performing tricks and gathering coconuts.

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