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Royal Barge National Museum, Bangkok
(3.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • In this museum, a huge boat House, you can beautifully decorated boats that were used in the Royal processions admire. The entrance to the museum was not as easy to find, but it's well worth it. To take pictures you should be charged.
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  • The museum is situated at 80/1 Arun Amarin Road, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok Noi 10700, Thailand, and open daily 9am-5pm inc Sat-Sun. It can be a bit awkward to find the museum so take a taxi or T...  more »
  • Royal Barge museum is an insight into the Thai Royal culture - a culture that is so unlike any Western culture. Getting to this museum is a bit of a mission - make sure you read through the other reap...  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