The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok has on display some exquisite and rarely seen authentic Thai Craft at the “Arts of the Kingdom.”
The masterpiece collection was created by craftsmen from the SUPPORT Training Center, located in the compound of Chitralada Villa, which is the royal residence of Their Majesties the King and Queen in Bangkok. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit created the foundation in 1976 to promote local arts and crafts and provide supplementary income for farm families. Queen Sirikit noticed the famers’ difficult living conditions and found that their fine craftsmanship in arts and craft should be preserved for years to come.
Prior to the Arts of the Kingdom becoming a permanent exhibition in 2008, it had been arranged as a special and grand exhibition on special occasions. Each object on display highlights the excellent craftsmanship. A few pieces took as much as two years to complete. One such example is the miniature royal barge, which was modeled after Suphannhong, and is known as a masterpiece of Thai cultural heritage. Suphannahong, also called the Golden Swan, is a major barge used in a royal barge procession, held only on special occasions.