The current Subanahongsa, or Golden Swan, Royal Barge was built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to replace the original one, which had been in use since the reign of King Rama I.
The Narai Song Suban King Rama IX was built on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne in 1996, replacing the original barge of the same name, which had been damaged beyond repair. Only the figurehead on the prow was in good condition. The barge was meant as a royal vehicle in the royal barge procession, as mentioned in historical accounts. His Majesty the King graciously named the newly built barge the Narai Song Suban King Rama IX Royal Barge.
The current Anantanagaraj, or multi-headed Naga, was built in the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) to transport the monks’ robes, while the current Anekajatibhujonga, or innumerable Naga figures, was built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
The royal barge procession exhibits the glory and great power of the monarch, in accordance with the traditional beliefs and court traditions handed down through generations.