What you might not know about Thailand's Colour's.

The Thais’ love for colors is deep and omnipresent wherever you look. The following showcase is a tribute to one of the most colorful cultures throughout the world.



The Thais have even assigned a color to each day of the week. Monday is yellow, Tuesday is pink, Wednesday is green, Thursday is orange, Friday is blue, Saturday is purple and Sunday is red. A person born on a Monday will not only have yellow as his or her birth color, but the serious demeanor Thais associate with it – a characteristic that, according to Thai culture, is suitable for a career in medicine.

The colors on the Thai national flag represent the three parts of their culture they deem most important - the nation (red), religion (white) and royalty (blue).
The colors on the Thai national flag represent the three parts of their culture they deem most important - the nation (red), religion (white) and royalty (blue).
The Queen was born on a Friday so her flag is blue.

In changing times: Colors in political controversy.

Until recently it was a common sight to see people wearing yellow shirts on a Monday and blue shirts on a Friday in honor of their king and queen. That changed when yellow became associated with the People’s Alliance for Democracy – a group against the present Thai government. Their opposition is the red shirts and the two often protest in the thousands at some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks.

Many also started to wear pink when their king - after a long, serious illness – came out of hospital wearing a pink suit. He told the crowd that since pink was his lucky color, his personal astrologer had advised him to wear as much of it as possible.

Colors in Religion.

Despite that you will now often see a garland of pink flowers draped across the top of a Buddhist taxi driver’s rear view mirror or dangling down from a ceiling of a cafe, the colors Thais associate most strongly with their strand of Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism - are yellow and orange; as exhibited in their version of the Buddhist flag.

In Theravada Buddhism orange and yellow symbolises peace. Meditation.
One of the city’s most stunning sights is the orange or gold temple roofs glittering in the sunlight.
o mark a tree as a special spirit, the Thais wrap a colored scarf around its trunk. These are usually, but not always, fig trees; the tree Lord Buddha was sitting under when he found enlightenment.

Colors in everyday life.

Yet as much as color for the majority of Thais can symbolize freedom of expression and peace, for the minority it can symbolize division and oppression: 25% of the population, for example, is non-ethnic Thai and 5 % of  them are Muslim; a Thai can still be thrown jail for criticizing the king or damaging any property connected either to him or to the Buddhist religion. In this respect it is only in normal everyday life where the whole country feels truly free to celebrate their obvious love for color.

Colors for different modes of transportation

While London has black cabs and New York has yellow cabs, Bangkok has pink taxis, orange taxis, purple taxis, green taxes, yellow taxis and taxis in various combinations of all five colors.

Unlike the color of the taxis, which seem to signify nothing in particular, the color of a Bangkok bus signifies its fare, its age and whether or not it has air-conditioning. The newest buses, the orange buses, have air conditioning and a fare of up to 20 baht. The driver of these buses will stop picking up people when all he has filled all the seats.
The blue bus also has air conditioning and also charges up to 20 baht, but travels further out of town.
The red bus is an open aired bus and charges up to 5 baht.
The smallest and oldest bus is the green bus. They cost only 3 baht and will continue picking up people until they are literally falling out of the doors and windows. Not pleasant in 100 degree weather and especially when you are the only person on the bus dripping in sweat.
Colors in business life.. Banks such as the Siam Commercial Bank, the Krungthai Bank and the Krungsri bank are each represented by a single color.

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