Royal Barges National Museum, Bangkok
Follow the hand-written signs through alleyways to Royal Barges National Museum, a hidden gem displaying the royal fleet of boats used for national ceremonies. Once serving as transport for the royal family along the country's many rivers and canals, nowadays the boats are monuments of history, coming out for grandiose occasions only. Observe the intricate ornamental details on the vessels, which bear religious importance and symbolism. Though a little off-the-beaten-track, it's worth it just to see The Golden Swan, the king's personal barge carved from a single piece of timber. To visit Royal Barges National Museum on your trip to Bangkok, use our Bangkok driving holiday planner .
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Royal Barges National Museum Reviews
Well worth while, we managed to get our longtail boat tour to drop us there. Amazing small museum just with the dozen beautiful barges and a bit of information on them very well presented. more »
I finally made it to this out of the way museum that displays 5 or so of the 50+ royal barges. Very impressive indeed and they are still undergoing renovation for the fall festivities. It is about a 1... more »
This must be something quite unique. Royal Barges museum houses Royal Barges (boats, vessels) that can still be used for royal events and ceremonies. Definitely worth a visit. Craftsmanship and decorations are definitely heavenly. Entrance fee was very low.
Under construction 2019. Renovations. Not much to see just now. After renovations it is good. Not recommended 2019.
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