Which Country is Known as the Land of White Elephants?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Thailand is known as the Land of White Elephants. Thailand’s national animal is the elephant (formerly known as the Kingdom of Thailand). For the rulers, the number of white elephants was a status symbol. It represents the majesty of the Kings. The last king, King Bhumibol, had the most white elephants, with 21.

Country known as the Land of White Elephants

In Thai culture, white elephants are considered the status of the rulers. Each successive ruler has more white elephants than the existing ruler. Also, there is a vital connection between the Thai government, the Burman government, and the white elephants.

It is considered as the image of the capacity of the ruler. The natives of Thailand consider these elephants a gift to the Kingdom. Presently, the Royal Thai Navy symbol is the emblem’s white elephant. It is the land of 11 white elephants.

  • White elephants (also known as Pink Elephants) are considered sacred in Thailand and are a symbol of royal power.
  • All discovered elephants are presented to the king (though this presentation is usually ceremonial, the elephants are not taken into captivity).
  • Historically, the number of white elephants in a king’s possession has been used to assess his or her status. They were supposed to represent a king’s magnificence.
  • An elephant has to undergo several tests to certify that it is suitable and physically fit for the title. These tests were led by the Bureau of the Royal Household.

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