The origins of our national anthem

The origins of our national anthem - The Nation, May 31, 2005
[An opinionated, but informative article about Thailand's national anthems.]
...The national anthem was created following the June 1932 coup that introduced the current system of constitutional monarchy. There was no national anthem during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods, nor even in the early days of the Rattanakosin dynasty.
...In 1939, when the country’s name was changed from Siam to Thailand, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram’s government held a competition for new lyrics. Luang Saranuprapan won a Bt1,000 prize for writing the words still used today...
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