Attending this celebration, visitors will feel fantastic in the chants, the ancient boat songs, music performance.
After that, brilliant red and gold boats appear in the river with the mythical shape of sea creatures. The Royal Barge Procession starts with the following of visitors from all over the world.
The Royal Barge Procession as well as the Royal Kathin celebration are held annually on special occasions.
The Royal Barge Procession aims to give a variety of food and necessities to the monks at the Temple Wat Arun. The boats are decorated in traditional but unique style. Over 2,000 oarsmen, sailors the Royal Thai Navy in official costumes makes guests and audiences impress with the high rhythmic precision. To do so, they had to try their best to practice their skills for months before. Visiting this procession, you will also see thousands of attendants from all over the world in colorful clothing, especially in yellow to show their honor of the King.
The procession includes 52 colorful barges. Each of them has their own purposes during the event. For example, one barge has tendency to carry the robes for the monks so that it is called a Royal Kathin Ceremony at Wat Arun while a different barge aims to bring the Buddha image. All barges are sophisticatedly carved with Hindu-Buddhist mythological shapes such as a sea serpeant, garuda, Vishnu’s bird mount and naga.
The Thai are eager to hold and attend this special event. And as for foreigners who wish to learn more about the history and culture of Thailand, The Royal Barge Procession and the Royal Kathin celebration are not-miss events. Just only immersing themselves in the lively atmosphere of the event, they can understand deeply its beauty and the greatest scale.
Furthermore, if you desire to know more, just stop at the Royal Barges National Museum in Bangkok to view the historic barges. This museum will give you a sharper look at this event. It is placed on the northern rim of Noi Canal near Phra Pin Klao Bridge and the Thonburi Railway Station.
When deciding to attend this celebration, don’t forget to bring your camera to take some greatest photographs to restore the most impressive moments about this stunning country.