Royal Barge, Thailand

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Built in 1911, the magnificently splendid Royal Barge Supannahong (as featured in the postcard) is one of the barges that is housed at the National Museum of Royal Barges in Bankok, Thailand. It is also used during the Royal Barge Procession.

The Royal Barge Procession, a royal ceremony that involves more than fifty gold-crafted barges, is one of the most spectacular events in the world. With a long-run history since Ayutthaya era, the procession aims to transport the king and/or member(s) of the royal family during special events, such as when delivering the new robes to the monks after a Buddhist Lent period.These barges are made of high-quality wood and beautifully decorated with vivid colors, mirrors and gold leaves. Each barge’s figurehead was crafted to represent a different kind of animals, which are vehicles of Rama god according to the Hindu belief.” – http://www.tourismthailand.org

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