Ever since Thailand’s 84 year old Princess Galyani Vadhana passed away on January 2nd, artists and technicians have been busy over the past 10 months readying Princess’ chariot for her final ride. Some fast facts on this ancient rig.
Weighs in at 14 tons. Compare to a cargo van 2.5 tons.
Pulled by 228 soldiers. Seems like horse power would be better, but none of the ancient chariots have Hemis. The chariot will carry the Princess on a long procession around the heart of Bangkok, using levers, gears, winches, and manpower.
Dates back to 1875, built during the reign of King Rama I.
Despite it’s size, it’s a piece of rolling art. Elegantly carved in wood, gleaming with mirrors, gem stones and gold leaf.
The chariots will roll for the first time since 1995 when they were used during the cremation ceremony of the King’s mother.
Ceremonies started on November 14.
Source: The Straits Times