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.

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

Outdoors report: March 23
Outdoors report. Galveston - Catches have been fair at best with stiff spring winds. Tides were attempting to return to normal with hard incoming morning currents and ardent east wind. Black drum have been reliable around the channel in Texas City ...

Arkansas Online

Women missing 2 key outdoors cogs
Arkansas Online
Chadwick, who won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, is redshirting to recover from a foot injury and also so she will be able to compete in both the indoor and outdoor seasons next year as a senior, University of ...

and more »

San Francisco Chronicle

Streaming your entertainment outdoors after big rains in Bay Area
San Francisco Chronicle
Upper Falls at Little Yosemite. The headwaters of Alameda Creek has been recharged by recent rainfall to create surging stream flows and miniature waterfalls in a pool-and-drop rocky gorge of Little Yosemite at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness in East ...

and more »

Williston Daily Herald

Outdoor Secrets: Five 30-lb. pike caught in Saskatchewan ...
Williston Daily Herald
A career in the outdoors has given me the chance to bring a number of guests along with me to explore some of the fantastic fishing opportunities in Saskatchewan, a.
Outdoor Secrets: Five 30-lb. pike caught in SaskatchewanSidney Herald Leader

all 1 news articles »


Outdoors Calendar for March 23-30 - San Antonio Express-News
Jordan, left, and Justin Smith of Spring, Texas check out scopes from SWFA during the Hunter's Extravaganza sponsored by the Texas Trophy Hunters Association at NRG Center on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Houston. ( Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle ...

Peoria Journal Star

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD: Dragons head outdoors after solid indoor meets
Peoria Journal Star
I'm really excited to see what happens in our outdoor meets.” Pekin's Paige Arseneau was second in the 1600 (personal-record 5:18.86), Hope Watts was second in the 60 (personal-record :8.03) and third in the 200 (personal-record :27.48), Lily Wagemann ...

and more »

Evening Observer

Event promotes our outdoors, Lake Erie
Evening Observer
Also, the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Knot Right Fishing Charter, Paths, Peaks and Paddles, Burning Asphalt Hot Sauce, the county Visitors Bureau, Westfield Bait & Tackle, Tupperware, Muddy Creek Tackle, Alexandria, Ney-Kay Scrubs & Such ...

Akron Beacon Journal

Outdoors almanac:
Akron Beacon Journal
For more information, call 330-289-2752 or email zack1852@att.net. For details, visit kentlunkerluggers.com. • April 10 — The Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mogadore VFW Hall, 385 Randolph ...

OUTDOORS: State outlines trout planting plans for 2018
Peninsula Daily News
HOT ON THE heels of Thursday's Outdoors column, which touched on recent trout plants, comes the official release of the state Fish and Wildlife Department's 2018 Hatchery Trout and Kokanee Stocking Plan. The document details the agency's plans to ...


Weathering the storm outdoors in Lompoc
LOMPOC, Calif. - When it rains as hard as it has been, it is probably surprising for a lot of people to hear that some of the homeless who live in the riverbed would prefer to stay where they are instead of coming to the warming center in Peace ...

Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006