Thailand’s Anthem Freeze

I have seen so many unusual things during my trip in Thailand. One of them was the way how Thais behave when the national anthem is played.

Apparently in Thailand, you will hear the Thai national anthem played every day at 8am and 6pm. Every TV and radio station plays it, and it will be played over government building speaker systems, at the sky train and underground in Bangkok, bus stations, in parks and in most other public places.

So when we wandered the streets of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand at 6pm during the Sunday Walking Street Market for the first time, we didn’t know what was going on when suddenly hundreds of people come to an absolute stop and stand still at a respectful attention.

Here is a video of my experience. My apologies for talking during the anthem, it was new for me.

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