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Royal Barge National Museum, Bangkok

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Follow the hand-written signs through alleyways to Royal Barge National Museum, a hidden gem displaying the royal fleet of boats used for national ceremonies. Once serving as transport for the royal family along the country's many rivers and canals, nowadays the boats are monuments of history, coming out for grandiose occasions only. Observe the intricate ornamental details on the vessels, which bear religious importance and symbolism. Though a little off-the-beaten-track, it's worth it just to see The Golden Swan, the king's personal barge carved from a single piece of timber. Take a look at our Bangkok trip builder to schedule your visit to Royal Barge National Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It is not far from the Royal Palace, on the side stream, but you have to pay a lot to get there on a long-tail boat. But it is worth visiting. The unique fabulous boats. 
  • Very interesting place, the ornaments on the barges are fantastic. The workmanship is incredible. Was free to enter unless you wanted to take photos. 
  • This museum will not take long to visit but is well worth it. You can get there quite easily by long tail boat (with trips available from Wat Arun, among others). although the barges are, in the main,...  more »
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  • I used to get to this place first by ferry to the Wang Lang or Railway Pier and then by walking to the bridge over Bangkok Noi. From there thru a military compound to the museum. (Before that, it was a circuitous walk thru a warren of waterway residences to the museum and actually a much more interesting journey.) Once there, I believe the visit is free unless you want to take photos for which it'll cost 100-200 baht, can't recall exactly. But I can't imagine taking the effort to get there and not taking photos.
  • Really good and calm place to visit
  • Nice place, learn something through the exhibition.
  • Nice stop if you are doing the long tail boat trip.
  • Great place