No matter how often a Royal Barge Procession on witnessed, one is always eager for the next one. Otherwise, how can one be sure such a wondrous event was really seen, and not just dreamed.
During the King's Golden Jubilee in 1996, on the auspicious occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, the Thai Government commissioned the construction of the Royal Barge \"Narai Song Suban Rama IX\" to present to King Bhumibol (King Rama IX).
The king traveled by this Royal Barge in the Pha-Phra Kathin (royal presentation of robes to the monks) procession to Wat Arun Ratchawararam, which is one of the most significant royal temples of Thailand.
Bangkok culture Bangkok's cultural identity is an excellent combination of spirituality, modernity, capitalism, tradition, and industrialization too. Political fervor among people is high as was seen in the recent uproar and dethroning of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Bangkok history The earlier capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, was destroyed and thereafter, Bangkok became the capital in 1782. Total monarchy rule ended in 1932. Nevertheless, even today constitutional monarchy system exists in Thailand. His Majesty King Bhumibol came into power in 1946 and is presently the longest reigning monarch in the world.