Thailand’s capital Bangkok is the commercial and economic hub of the country. Although the city seemingly possesses modern world affluence and appears to be heavily influenced by the western culture, beneath the surface lie diverse multiple points of interest. From the grand Palace to temples to some of the largest shopping centres in Asia including Asia’s largest outdoor market, this metropolis certainly possesses what it takes to keep visitors from all walks of life entertained. Also famous among food lovers of all origins, the city offers an abundance of sightseeing opportunities as well as taking travellers on an exciting journey.
Not much further away from Phra Pinklao Bridge off the river Chao Phaya, Royal Barges Museum is located on Klong Bangkok Noi. Here you can see a display of about eight out of the 50 barges that featured in the formal royal possessions. King Rama VII traversed the lower width of the memorial bridge on the April of 1932 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the city as the country’s capital. But that was the very last procession of the royal barges as on the following June an overthrow of the existing form of rule took place which replaced the regime with a constitutional kingdom. However the barges were then safely kept under the protection of the Royal Navy and the Royal Household at the Bangkok Noi canal’s dry dock.
Although the barges were damaged drastically due to bombing of the city during World War II, the present king took action to get them refurbished after which he revived the Royal Barge Procession’s ancient tradition for auspicious events. Afterwards in the early 1970’s, the harbour was modernized and launched by the Department of Fine Arts as the Royal Barges Museum.
These gilded vessels similar to the Viking boats of kings, yet more complex, are a spectacular sight on land as well. The details of the decorations and the distinctive designs of each barge fascinate all visitors. The travellers to this part of Thailand seeking Bangkok apartments will be pleased with the unique comforts offered by the Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok, service apartment in Bangkok with Jacuzzi, meeting rooms that provide you with a pleasurable stay.