Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Three

Thailand - The Royal Barge, Bangkok

Sent by: Thamonwan
From: Thailand
For: Private swap
Notes: This is the Royal Barge Suphannahong.  It is used in Royal Barge Processions, ceremonies of both religious and royal significance that have been taking place for over 700 years.  There have been 16 Royal Barge Processions during the reign of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.  The first was May 14, 1957, nearly eleven years after he became king, and the most recent was November 9th, 2012.  As I was reading about King Bhumibol, I found it interesting that he was actually born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His father, the king's brother,  was enrolled in the Public Health Program at Harvard at the time.

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