Royal Barge Procession Rehearsal
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There was a rehearsal of the Thai Royal Barge Procession Thursday. It is a ceremony of both religious and royal significance that goes back almost 700 years. This year there will be a procession on November 9 to mark the end of Buddhist Lent. There have been only 16 full processions during the 60 year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The barges are rowed by 2,082 oarsmen. The Procession proceeds down the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Royal Landing Place in Khet Dusit, Bangkok, passes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, Wat Po and arrives at Wat Arun (the Temple of the Dawn).