Bangkok roads, bridges to close for Royal Barge Procession tomorrow


BANGKOK — Two bridges and eight roads will be closed tomorrow, December 12, for the Royal Barge Procession as part of the coronation of His Majesty the King. 

Their Majesties the King and Queen will be traveling through the capital and along the Chao Phraya River. After which, they will tour the old city of Bangkok in a motorcade.

Spectators are provided sixteen areas, including six with stands, on both banks of the Chao Phraya River. Attendees are advised to dress appropriately for a Royal event, with yellow shirts for men and yellow dresses for women. Black or bright shirts of other colors are prohibited, Thai PBS reported.

As part of security, everyone will need to pass through security checkpoints and show their ID cards or passports.

Free food, bottled water and mobile toilets will be provided by the BMA.

Fifty-two (52) barges, including the Suphannahong, the Anantanakkharat, the Anekkachatphutchong and the Narai Song Suban, will be featured in the procession. There will be about 2,200 oarsmen arranged in five groupings. The flotilla will stretch over 1.2km and will be 90 metres wide, the report also said.

The journey will take about 45 minutes.

To facilitate the Royal Barge Procession and the city tour by Their Majesties the King and Queen, the Rama VIII and Pinklao bridges will be closed to all traffic from 3.30pm to 5pm. Eight roads will be closed to traffic from 4.30pm to 6pm. They are:

  • Rajinee Road from Pinklao Bridge to Pan Phipob intersection
  • Na Phra That Road
  • Chan Road
  • Na Phra Lan Road
  • Maharat Road
  • Thai Wang Road
  • Rajdamnoen Road
  • Sanam Chai Road from Pom Padet intersection to Ror Dor circle

One-way traffic will be imposed on Sawankhalok Road from Yommaraj intersection to Saowanee intersection and on Chakkrapong, Chao Fah, Arthit and Phra Sumane roads, the report said.

More information about traffic arrangements is available by dialing 1194 around the clock.

Photo: Royal Barge Suphannahong arrives at Wat Arun for Royal Kathin Ceremony

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