Outdoors Information

The Royal Barge Procession - Splendor on the Chao Phraya River


The Royal Barge Procession in Bangkok, conducted on very rare occasions, is a spectacular royal armada on the Chao Phraya River. This procession is normally conducted on the following occasions:

  • When the King ascends the throne.
  • When the King goes down the Chao Phraya to present robes to the monks during the Royal Krathin Ceremony after the Buddhist Lent in October.
  • When the King goes to Saraburi to pay homage to the Buddha's footprint.
  • When Bangkok receives important Buddha images from other cities.
  • When receiving foreign diplomatic dignitaries to Bangkok.

Some of the memorable Royal Barge Processions during the reign of King Rama IX, the present King, were:

  • On 14 May 1957, to commemorate the 25th century of the Buddhist era.
  • On 06 Apr 1982, to commemorate 200 years of the Bangkok era on the Bangkok Bicentennial.
  • On 05 Dec 1999, to celebrate the 72nd birthday of King Rama IX.

The most recent Royal Barge Procession was on 20 Oct 2003 for the closing ceremony of the APEC Conference in Bangkok, in honor of the visiting heads of state.

This procession was special as this was the first time it took place at night, amid special light and sound effects for the stretch of the river fronting the VIP's. The guests were seated in the Royal Thai Navy Institute across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace.

At 2000 hours, 50 barges consisting of the Suphannahongse, the Narai Song Suban King Rama IX and escort barges were launched from the Wasukri Pier upriver.

This flotilla of royal barges, when fully deployed in a sailing formation of five columns abreast and 90 m wide, stretched 1.5 km along the Chao Phraya.

Concurrently at the Royal Thai Navy Institute, a 10-minute sight and sound presentation in six languages was made on the history and tradition of the royal barges.

The presentation was timed to end as the Royal Barge Procession sailed into view, on waters apparently lit with gold, as a curtain of mist fell over the river, creating an ethereal air.

Two thousand men of the Royal Thai Navy in ancient ceremonial uniforms rowed steadfastly by in perfect unison, honed through months of intense practice. Their chants of the ancient boat song, that dates back to the days of King Narai of Ayutthaya, drifted across the river.

Just then, the night erupted as fireworks burst, filling the sky with the brilliant national colors of the participating nations. The lights cascaded down illuminating the Royal Barge Procession as it streamed past the Grand Palace, a splendid finish to a grand event.

The royal barges can be viewed at the Royal Barge Museum, Bangkok.

This article by Eric Lim first appeared in Tour Bangkok Legacies, a historical travel site on people, places and events that shaped the landscape of Bangkok. Lim, a free-lance writer, lives in Bangkok, Thailand.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Roll Call

The Great Outdoors Threatened by a Funding Battle
Roll Call
Sen. Richard M. Burr's sinking of the $14 billion rescissions package last month was not about saving the Energy Department loan guarantee program or children's health care contingency funding — which represented the vast majority of the money on the ...

and more »


Chattanooga Times Free Press

Outdoors Calendar
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Assn. hikes: Saturday, Snow Falls, moderate 5 miles (call John Politte at 304-8327); Tuesday, Greeter Falls day loop, moderate 3.2 miles with 2 waterfalls (meet at 8 a.m. at Food City parking lot in Red Bank ...



Huntsville Item

OUTDOORS: East Texas Fishing Report for July 19, 2018
Huntsville Item
Local angler David Russell says the bite has slowed down with the influx of fresh water from last week's rain; bass are are tough to locate. Fishing has been tough overall. TOLEDO BEND — Water level is about 2.6 feet low and clear. Water temp in the ...

and more »


Akron Beacon Journal

Outdoors: Paddleboarding, Campfire Cooking, Cardio Hike, Weekday Walkers
Akron Beacon Journal
Thursday. Drop-In Nature Crafts — A new craft will be presented each week, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Onondaga Deck, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065. Good Gardens — Let's Grow Akron will teach about basic composting ...



Forbes

What Outdoor Retailers Are Talking About Now
Forbes
Every year, about half the U.S. population participates in an activity outdoors and about 20% of the population is active outdoors twice a week or more. The most popular outdoor activities are running (52 million participants annually), fishing (47 ...



Yakima Herald-Republic

Outdoors Happenings: July 19, 2018
Yakima Herald-Republic
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is inviting the public to join a discussion of funding challenges facing the department in a webinar scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23. WDFW policy director Nate Pamplin will describe the work of ...



WTVM

Academy Sports and Outdoors treats Columbus students to back-to-school shopping spree
WTVM
Academy Sports and Outdoors teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club to help them gear up for class and have a productive year. Thirty school-aged kids from the Boys and Girls Club got the chance to have their very own shopping spree after Academy ...

and more »


Kankakee Daily Journal

Outdoors: At a Glance
Kankakee Daily Journal
State Park events. Kankakee River State Park will celebrate the reopening of its visitor center with open house weekend events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Discover interactive displays and learn about all the park has to offer. Nature ...



Camp Lejeune Globe

Education, positive energy with Explore the Outdoors Camp
Camp Lejeune Globe
However, the Outdoor Adventures office offers camps for kids to participate in during the daytime hours throughout the summer. For a beautiful start to the summer. 12 campers increased their knowledge about the outdoors at the Exploring the Outdoors ...



WIRED

The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle
WIRED
For your shopping pleasure, we've selected some of the best home, outdoors, and lifestyle gear that you'll find on Amazon for Prime Day. Take a look at all of our best Prime Day deals here. Browse our full list of Prime Day Deals here, and check out ...

and more »

Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006