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  Reua Krut Tret Traichak

 

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The Reua Krut Tret Traichak escort barge on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, during the final rehearsal for the Royal Barge Procession in support of the Royal Kathin Ceremony at Wat Arun (fig.) on 9 November 2012. This barge has the figurehead of a pink-coloured Garuda (fig.) and is manned by 34 rowers and 2 helmsmen. The oarsmen are dressed in white trousers, a dark-blue to purplish jacket trimmed with gold, and a black Malabiang-helmet. The oars are silver with a red handle. Reua Krut Tret Traichak sails in pair (fig.) with Reua Krut Heun Het (fig.). From afar, both Garuda escort barges are confusingly similar to Reua Asurapaksi (fig.) and Reua Asuravayuphak (fig.), and can from a distance best be distinguished by the fact that the bird-like figureheads (fig.) of the latter two barges have their arms in a downward pose (fig.), whereas the arms of the figureheads on the prows of the Garuda escort barges have their arms held up (fig.).

See also TRAVEL PICTURE and PROCESSION LINE-UP.