• Short Summary

    THE ORNATE ROYAL BARGE OF THAILAND - MANNED BY ABOUT SIXTY OARSMEN - HEADED A PROCESSION OF 34 OTHER GILDED BARGES ALONG THE MENAM RIVER, NOV 2.

  • Description

    1.
    LS. ROYAL BARGE (WITH TEMPLE OF DAWN).
    0.23

    2.
    LS. BARGE NEARING JETTY AT TEMPLE.
    0.32

    3.
    MS. DITTO.
    0.49

    4.
    MS. BARGE NEAR JETTY (2 SHOTS)
    0.58

    5.
    MCU. "SWAN" HEAD OF BARGE.
    1.00

    6.
    MLS. KING STEPS OUT AND WALKS.
    1.10

    7.
    LS. GUARD OF HONOUR.
    1.12

    8.
    MS. OFFICIALS FOLLOW KING INTO TEMPLE.
    1.16



    Initials FHR/V/JF/FG



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    Background: THE ORNATE ROYAL BARGE OF THAILAND - MANNED BY ABOUT SIXTY OARSMEN - HEADED A PROCESSION OF 34 OTHER GILDED BARGES ALONG THE MENAM RIVER, NOV 2. THE KING TRAVELLED IN STATE IN THE SPLENDID ROYAL VESSEL TO VISIT THE TEMPLE OF DAWN IN BANGKOK. THE OCCASION WAS THE END OF THE BUDDHIST LENT, AND THE KING WAS TO PRESENT ROBES TO BUDDHIST MONKS AT THE TEMPLE.

    "GOLDEN SWAN" IS THE NAME OF THE ROYAL BARGE - RISING ABOVE THE PROW IS THE LARGE, GILT FIGUREHEAD OF A SWAN. IT WAS BUILT FOR THE FIRST KING OF THE PRESENT DYNASTY, RAMA I. AMONG THE OTHER VESSELS IN THE PROCESSION WERE THE HANUMAN BARGES, EACH WITH ITS PROW CARVED TO REPRESENT A MEMBER OF HANUMAN'S ARMY IN HINDU MYTHOLOGY.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE RIVER BANK FOR THE PROCESSION, ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCENES IN THAILAND. FOR THE OCCASION, THE KING WORE HIS NAVAL UNIFORM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA901TFOMI7XLG2C4DXZ8A9BFSX
    Media URN:
    VLVA901TFOMI7XLG2C4DXZ8A9BFSX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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