National anthem refreshed with new video
The government has unveiled a new music video accompanying the Thai national anthem, saying it is designed to instill pride and patriotism.
Patcharaporn Inseeyong, permanent secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, said the video is intended to display Thais' love of the nation, though no change has been made to the melody or verses of the anthem.
The 1.16-minute video is released as the nation celebrates the coronation of His Majesty the King. It features people from all walks of life and faiths standing as a show of respect as they sing the anthem.
Ms Patcharaporn said the makeover sends a message about Thais' collective love for the nation, and includes new vocals from young singers.
"The video brings together Thais from all walks of life -- civil servants, soldiers, police, university students, pupils, farmers, fishermen and workers -- who display patriotism through their activities and work.
"But this version also illustrates how they show their love for the country -- through song. When they hear the tune, their eyes focus on the national flag," she said.
The national anthem is played on all radio and television channels twice a day at 8am and 6pm.