"Royal Barges Museum?" Royal Barges Museum Tip by Greggor58
Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok: 20 reviews and 45 photos
The Royal Barges Museum houses a collection are ornately decorated boats with intricately decorated carvings and designs that at one time served a military function, but are limited today to special State Ceremonies and celebrations. To say that they are elaborate is likely an understatement as these boats, built for the Royals, really are simply works of art.
You can see from the photos that the detail is incredible and the craftsmanship required to build these watercraft is quite impressive. Some of the figureheads and prows of the boats are designs of mythical creatures similar to the Yaksha statues seen at the Grand Palace and the Naga Serpent, a multi headed serpent that acts as a ?protector of Buddha.
The use of Royal Barges dates to the Sukothai Period, about the 14th Century; the names of certain vessels were noted as having participated in special and historical ceremonies.
What you will see here today is not THAT old and some date to the early 1900?s. The oldest that you?ll see here is a refitted incarnation of the Suppanahong or ?Golden Swan?. Originally built by King Rama 1 in the late 1700s it was reconstructed by King Rama 5 between the years 1873 and 1910.
The collection of about eight boats that you see here are only a few of the fifty-one or so that are the complete collection, the remainder kept in storage, they are quite large and there isn?t enough room to display them all here.
After a bit of work to get here we arrived with only about twenty minutes to explore before the museum closed for the day. I say work because getting here for us involved a boat transit on the Chao Phraya River, a short bus ride up the hill towards Arun Amirin and across the bridge over the Khlong Bangkok Noi where the large hanger like structure for the barges is situated.
A series of walkways through some housing areas leads eventually to the entrance of the museum. The route is marked with only SMALL signs and you COULD have some difficulty getting here. I think most visitors arrive by boat on a guided tour so if you?re not comfortable about finding your way with poor signage than try to see it with a tour.
The best way to get to the museum is by boat?the Chaophyra Tourist Boat stops right at the museum. If you take the regular Express Boat service, the nearest stop is Pinklao Bridge Pier, although this involves a long winding walk along a narrow concrete walkway. The Barge Museum is also a standard stop on most long-tailed boat canal tours, which can be booked at the tourist ?centers? located at many of the piers along the river.
Entrance fees are minimal?about 30 baht?if you are taking photos there?s an additional charge of 100 baht
Address: 80/1 Rimklong Bangkok Noi, Thanon Arun Amarin
Phone: (02) 4240004
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