Royal Barges National Museum, Bangkok

3.7
#15 of 88 in Museums in 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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  • You will get there by boat and see several boats in pristine condition and several that have been restored. The boats used for the royal family are ornate and colorful. There is a video you can watch ...  more »
  • These old (circa 1914) barges probably six or more are being kept ship shape by a young staff men and refurbishing all 42 meters. This exercise goes far and beyond varnishing. Spend the 150 baht to ob...  more »
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  • 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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