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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.

The royal anthem also served as the third national anthem of Siam (as Thailand was then known) until the 1932 coup. It is unclear who composed the music of the anthem; some sources give the Russian Pyotr Schurovsky, some sources list a Dutch composer named Hevutzen, and others a traditional Thai melody. The lyrics were written by Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs, the brother of the king, and were revised by King Rama VI in 1913 and officially adopted as the royal (and national) anthem at that time.

Thais revere their king almost like a god, and it is the height of disrespect if you do not stand for this song. I have seen several westerners refusing to stand during the playing of the song in local movie theaters. This could get you in trouble if a Thai takes offense, and it is an arrestable offense in Thailand.

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Royal Anthem's Lyrics in Thai

เพลงสรรเสริญพระบารมี

ข้าวรพุทธเจ้า

เอามโนและศิระกราน

นบพระภูมิบาล บุญดิเรก

เอกบรมจักริน

พระสยามินทร์

พระยศยิ่งยง

เย็นศิระเพราะพระบริบาล

ผลพระคุณ ธ รักษา

ปวงประชาเป็นสุขศานต์

ขอบันดาล

ธ ประสงค์ใด

จงสฤษดิ์ดัง

หวังวรหฤทัย

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)

ประเทศไทยรวมเลือดเนื้อชาติเชื้อไทย

เป็นประชารัฐ ไผทของไทยทุกส่วน

อยู่ดำรงคงไว้ได้ทั้งมวล

ด้วยไทยล้วนหมาย รักสามัคคี

ไทยนี้รักสงบ แต่ถึงรบไม่ขลาด

เอกราชจะไม่ให้ใครข่มขี่

สละเลือดทุกหยาดเป็นชาติพลี

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?

In Thailand, you will hear the Thai national anthem played every day at 8am and 6pm. Every TV and radio station plays it, and it will be played over government building speaker systems, at the sky train and underground in Bangkok, bus stations, in parks and in most other public places.

Thai schools also play the national anthem every morning at 8am. All students are expected to attend and to sing the national anthem, and two students will raise the Thai flag up the school’s flag pole.

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

Originally created in 1976 in Thailand, Red Bull was marketed to blue-collar workers and sold under the name Krating Daeng. Dietrich Mateschtiz, looking for something to cure his jet lag, stumbled upon the drink and went into business with the Thai creator, turning it into a worldwide brand. There are differences in the two drinks; the Thai version is still, whilst the version popularly found in Europe and North America is carbonated.

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

Bangkok – referred to as Krung Thep by Thais – actually has the longest name of any city in the world. Its full title is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit – an un-tweetable 169 letters!

Monkey college

Thailand is home to some great universities and prestigious institutions, but it’s also home to some which are a little more unusual. In Surat Thani, Thailand has a monkey college – that’s right, a college for monkeys. In these institutions, monkeys are trained to perform and collect coconuts, and are rewarded with a huge feast once they graduate.

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