The large building housing eight Royal Barges is hidden down some narrow laneways that run alongside small canals. It is all very well signposted.
It costs 100 baht to photograph the elaborate barges and 200 baht to video. Of the eight - the most important is the one with the Golden Swan figurehead - called Suphannahongsa - this is the Kings personal barge. Each barge is laden with thousands of gem stones and intricate gold detailing. One with multiple snake heads was built for King Rama VI. There is also a Garuda headed one for King Rama IX and one with the monkey god Hanuman straddling a cannon. You are most likely to see these on the river around the Kings birthday in the first week of December.
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