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Royal Barges National Museum

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Every so often the Thai king is rowed down the Chao Phraya River in an elaborate procession of wooden longboats with ornate designs and depictions of Hindu/Buddhist icons on the bows. While the stunning processions take place no more than once every few years, you can swing by the Royal Barges National Museum to see some of the boats at any time.

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Six traditional barges are on display, each carved out of a single tree trunk and done up in lacquer, coloured paint and reflected inlay designs that are similar to those found on Thai temple buildings. Detailed images of Hanuman, Vishnu and Garuda, among other Hindu gods and icons, are carved on to the prows. A type of mythological swan’s head fronts the late King Bhumibol’s barge, known as Suphanahong (“Golden Swan”). Rebuilt in 1911, it received a maritime heritage award from the World Ship Trust of Great ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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