Naga becomes Thailand’s official national mythical creature

Naga statue at Karon Beach in Phuket

Thailand –

The Cabinet has approved to designate the Naga as Thailand’s official national mythical creature.

Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek told Thai media, “The Cabinet has approved the request from various relevant sectors on November 1st, 2022 after the Ministry of Culture presented their proposal.”

“The Naga represents abundance and water which is originally from Indian mythology. Many Thai people in many parts of the country have believed about the Naga for a long time in relation to Buddhism. Their beliefs are presented via their lifestyle, traditions, and ceremonies from the past until present.”

“The aim to present the Naga as Thailand national mythical creature is to encourage historical learning, supporting the national culture, and to boost the national economy as a ‘Soft Power’ to attract investment.” Ratchada concluded.

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News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with the TPN Media for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya and Chonburi with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.