Thursday, 5 December 2019

A right royal celebration in Bangkok

Lovers of pageantry will want to be in Bangkok on December 12 for the procession of royal barges along the Chao Phraya River to honour the occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty King Rama X.



It will be the first Royal Barge Procession in the present reign and the Royal Thai Government has invited the public to attend an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen and view the spectacular procession. 

The Royal Coronation Ceremony consists of three phases: the primary phase, royal coronation phase, and final phase. 

The Royal Barge Procession will be the final phase in the Coronation of His Majesty the King in 2019. The King and Queen will travel in the Royal Barge Procession through the city along the Chao Phraya River from the Wasukri Pier to the Ratchaworadit Pier starting at 1530. 

The Royal Barge Procession comprises 52 barges, including four major royal barges; namely; the Suphannahong, or Golden Swan; the Anantanakkharat, or Multi-headed Naga; the Anekkachatphutchong, or Innumerable Naga Figures; and the Narai Song Suban King Rama IX. 

There will be 2,200 oarsmen to row the ceremonial barges. The trip will take about 45 minutes with a length of about 3.4 kilometres.

The government has prepared the Royal Barge Procession with the highest honours bestowed in accordance with royal traditions. 

Six locations have also been prepared to accommodate people for this occasion. They include Santichai Prakan Park, Thammasat University, Nagaraphirom Park, Siriraj Hospital, King Bhumibol's 72nd Birthday Anniversary Park, and under the Rama VIII Bridge, Thon Buri.

The public is invited to wear yellow shirts to offer good wishes and show their loyalty to their Majesties the King and Queen. 

Six temples on both sides of the Chao Phraya River will hold a Buddhist chanting ceremony in honour of their Majesties. 

Wat Rachathiwat Ratchaworawihan, Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn, Wat Sam Phraya, Wat Bowon Mongkhon, Wat Karuhabodee, and Wat Rakhang Kositaram will each begin the chanting ceremony when the Royal Barge is approaching the waterfront of the temple and conclude when the procession has passed the temple.

The Royal Barge Procession is a ceremonial water-borne procession reserved for the river journeys of kings in royal ceremonies since the Sukhothai period. It originated from the ancient naval battle flotilla, when the king led his forces to fight a war.

The Royal Barge Procession exhibits the artistic and cultural heritage of the Thai nation. 

Water and land traffic will be closed in the areas where the Royal Barge Procession passes. 

For details see www.tourismthailand.org

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