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KING RAMA IX

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During the King's 60-year reign, 14 royal barge parades have plied the river. It was also organized for the heads of government who attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok in October 2003.

Royal barge Naraisongsubun
This is the Royal barge NARAISONGSUBUN. It was created under the reign of Rama 3. Rama 4 did add the god who is standing on the Garuda's back.
Royal barge Naraisongsubun
Royal barge Suphannahong
This is the Royal barge SUPHANNAHONG (สุพรรณหงส์). Made from a single piece of wood, it's the largest dugout in the world at nearly 50 meters long, with a huge swan carved into its bow. The oarsmen are trained to row in a pattern meant to resemble the flapping of a swan's wings.
Royal barge Suphannahong
Royal barge Anantanagaraj
This is the Royal barge ANANTANAGARAJ. It has an intricate figurehead in the form of a seven-headed naga, a mythical serpent that is a symbol of water.
Royal barge Anantanagaraj

When Bangkok was built more than 250 years ago, the designers created a vast system of canals spreading out from the river. Kings used to use them to travel through the capital. But as Thailand began modernizing, the barges had fallen out of use. King Bhumibol revived the tradition in 1957, to celebrate the 25th century of the Buddhist era. He also began smaller processions for religious services during the rainy season.

For special royal events, the King will go through Bangkok on the river Chao Phraya on his royal barges. When the royal barges are not used, there are stored in the "Royal barge museum" on the shore of the river. Each time the royal barges go out, this is a big event watched by many Thai citizens.
King Rama IX
King Rama IX


thai flagIn cinema before each film there is the music of the King. During 30 seconds there are pictures about the King, his family, the Thai flag and actions that the King did for his subjects. Everybody shall stand up also. This music is played every time the King goes into an official place.

At the moment you can listen to the King's official music.



Across Thailand, the Royal family has several residences. So the Royal family is always close to their Thai subjects. One of the most popular one is located in "Hua Hin".

Maruekatayawan Palace
Maruekatayawan Palace is one of the oldest royal palaces in Thailand. The Maruekatayawan Palace was constructed by the King Rama VI in 1923 as a place where he could fully relax in great comfort.
Maruekatayawan Palace
Maruekatayawan Palace is well noted for three two-storeyed wooden pavilions facing the sea.
Maruekatayawan Palace
Maruekatayawan Palace


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