Thailand National Anthem Phleng Chat

Thailand National Anthem “Phleng Chat”: A Symbol of National Pride


The Thailand National Anthem, known as “Phleng Chat,” is a significant symbol of national pride, unity, and cultural heritage. It has a deep-rooted history and is an essential part of daily life in Thailand. This article explores the origins, lyrics, different language versions, and the cultural significance of “Phleng Chat.”

Origins and History

“Phleng Chat” was composed in 1932, a pivotal year in Thai history, marking the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy. The anthem was created as a symbol of the new era, aiming to inspire patriotism and national unity. The music was composed by Phra Chenduriyang (Peter Feit), a Thai-German composer, while the lyrics were penned by Luang Saranupraphan.

Lyrics of “Phleng Chat”

The lyrics of “Phleng Chat” reflect themes of national pride, loyalty, and the beauty of Thailand. Here is the official Thai version of the anthem:

Thai Lyrics:

เป็นประชารัฐ ไผทของไทยทุกส่วน
ด้วยไทยล้วนหมาย รักสามัคคี
ไทยนี้รักสงบ แต่ถึงรบไม่ขลาด
เถลิงประเทศชาติไทยทวี มีชัย ชโย


Prathet Thai ruam lueat nuea chat chuea Thai
Pen pracharat 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 khomkhi
Sala lueat thuk yat pen chat phali
Thaloeng prathet chat Thai thawi mi chai chayo

English Translation:

Thailand unites flesh and blood of Thais,
Nation of the people, belonging to the Thais in every respect,
Long maintained its sovereignty,
Because the Thais have always been united.
The Thais are peace-loving, but they are no cowards at war.
They shall allow no one to rob them of their independence,
They will sacrifice every drop of their blood to contribute to the nation,
Will serve their country with pride and victory. Hurrah!

Cultural Significance

“Phleng Chat” is more than just a song; it is a daily ritual that reinforces national unity and patriotism. The anthem is played twice daily, at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, across public spaces, schools, and on national television and radio. During these times, people stop what they are doing to stand and pay respect to the anthem, reflecting their love and reverence for the country.

Different Language Versions

While the official version of “Phleng Chat” is in Thai, there are various translations available to cater to the diverse population of Thailand and international communities. These translations help in promoting understanding and appreciation of Thai culture and values globally.

English Version

An English version of the anthem is available, providing an accurate translation of the Thai lyrics, capturing the essence of patriotism and national pride.

Other Language Versions

There are also translations in several other languages including Chinese, Japanese, and French, often used in educational materials and by expatriate communities to foster a deeper connection with Thai culture.


The Thailand National Anthem, “Phleng Chat,” is a profound symbol of the nation’s identity and unity. From its inception in 1932 to its daily renditions across the country, it continues to inspire patriotism and pride among the Thai people. Understanding the lyrics and the anthem’s cultural significance offers a glimpse into the soul of Thailand, a nation that cherishes its independence, peace, and unity.

By preserving and honoring “Phleng Chat,” Thailand not only celebrates its rich history but also its vibrant present and promising future. Whether heard in Thai or translated into other languages, the anthem remains a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of the Thai people.


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