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Royal Barge Procession 2019 -  Royal Barge Anantanakkharat  
   
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 Description:   Second in rank to the Suphannahong is the Royal Barge Anantanakkharat, or "Multi-headed Naga.” The Anantanakkharat has an intricate figurehead in the form of a seven-headed naga, a mythical serpent that is a symbol of water.
The first royal barge of this name was built in the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851) of the Rattanakosin period. It was used in the Royal Barge Procession for the first time in the reign of King Rama IV (1851-1868).
The present one was built in the reign of King Rama VI (1910-1925) and was launched on 15 April 1914. It is 42.95 meters long and 2.95 meters wide at the beam. The depth of the hull is 0.76 meters, and the draught is 0.31 meters.
The barge’s crew consists of 54 oarsmen, two steersmen, two officers, one standard bearer, one signal man, one chanter, and seven royal insignia bearers.
The Anantanakkharat is a wonderful example of human imagination. Its body is covered with a multitude of small serpents densely woven into floral vines.
The Royal Barge Anantanakkharat wears a garland and pendant around its neck, but a cannon port in its bow indicates its origin as a war barge.
 
 Province   Bangkok  Direction:      
 District   Bangkok    
 City   Chao Phraya  Comments:    Official Web:    
 Genre   Royal event      Related links:    
 Best exposure   Afternon          
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 Opening time   Scheduled          
 Entry fee   200~8000 THB     GPS :   13.75610 N 100.48670 E  
                     
                     
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