The Royal Barges National Museum houses several decorative royal
barges, the earliest of which dates back to 1357. Most of the
barges served as War Vessels at one point, and were subsequently
used on royal or state occasions on the Chao Phraya River. Due to
their age the barges are now rarely used, but their intricate
designs reflecting Thai religious beliefs and local history are of
great importance to the country's heritage. The barges were last
used at the end of 1999 to celebrate the king's 72nd birthday.
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