Thai Elephants or Chang Thai

by Tookta on April 13, 2011

Chang Thai or Thai Elephants ( National Animal ) have long been part of the Thai history and customers. They were beats of burden when the country was peaceful. When the country was at war, they served as vehicles in royal battles. The victory of King Naresuan the Great on the elephant back duel party attributed to the courage and intelligence of his elephant. In the past, white elephants were considered a symbol of royal prestige and an auspicious gain for a king. An Ayutthaya King was named the King of the White Elephants because as many as nine white elephants were captured during his reign. The picture of a white elephant used to be on the Thai national flag until the flag was redesigned by King Rama VI in 1917 ( B.E> 2460 ).

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