Memorial Night In Bangkok
'Sri Suphannahongsa' is the most majestic of all Thai royal barges
beautifully carved figurehead in the form of celestial swan in
the Thai style, which first appeared during the Ayutthaya period.
Since ancient times, Thai monarch has traveled in processions
on land or by river, and on significant occasions these have been
extremely elaborate. Among the most spectacular of all are the
major royal barge processions, which are reserved for river journeys
made by the king for private or official functions.
'Sri Suphannahongse' is one of the emblems of The 2003 APEC summit,
signifying that Thailand has enjoyed lucrative trade with other
countries since ancient times. The barges with great artistic
value would receive constant attention and restoration and ancient
custom and tradition would be revived and preserved as part of
the national heritage and culture. At the same time, it would
promote the Thai customs to foreign eyes.