The Royal Barges Museum is located in Bangkok, Thailand. The museum which is on the northern section of the country is situated at the border of the Bangkok Noi canal. Thailand is a country that offers a combination of modern and historical attractions to those who visit. The rich culture, heritage and Thai monarchy play a significant role in the country even today. There are various main attractions related to the Thai Royal Family for visitors to see and experience and the Royal Barges Museum is one of them.
Every country has its own significant monuments and museums but how many of them will have a fleet of boats displayed at a museum? This explains how the Royal Barges Museum stands out from the rest. The site is an open air shed that houses eight of the Thai royal family’s ceremonial barges. The vessels were once used to travel around the kingdom but today they are only used for important ceremonies.
The barges displayed are all extraordinarily designed with intricate hand carvings, while a significant portion of these vessels are covered in gold paint. The barges you see at the site are truly fit for royalty since they are more slender than the usually long boats and fantastically ornamented with religious symbols.
Out of the eight golden barges the most significant is the Suphannahongsa, shaped as a golden swan; it is the king’s personal barge. This was built over hundred years ago and it is the most elaborately carved of the complete collection. Before you go into enjoy the beautiful collection of vessels inside the museum, make sure to watch the short film that offers information on the history of the Thai Royal barges which gives you a better insight on what you will find inside.
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