The Royal Barge Chanting Ceremony, Bangkok
The Royal Barge chanting is considered to have originated from the Brahman chanting and its tradition is considered an important part of the Royal Barge Procession and Thai cultural heritage.
The processions were arranged for river journeys made by His Majesty the King of Thailand for private functions or state ceremonies.
* Suphannahong Royal Barge – is the highest-ranking “King’s Royal Barge” that is used only by the King. The original barge was built during the Ayudhaya Period. This royal barge with its swan-like figurehead is elaborately carved, gilded and decorated with countless small of mirrors.
* The Narai Song Suban King Rama IX Royal Barge – is classified as a “secondary Royal Barge”. It features the figurehead of the god Vishnu riding on the Garuda.
* The Anantanagaraj Royal Barge – is also classified as a “secondary Royal Barge” and is used to carry the King or to install holy objects. The hull is painted green and interior painted red.
* The Anekchatphutchong Royal Barge – is classified as the third-ranking barge among the “Secondary Royal Barge” and is used for unofficial proceedings. The hull is painted pink, and the interior red.