"The Giant Swing" Wat Suthat - Sao Ching Cha Tip by jrs1234

Wat Suthat - Sao Ching Cha, Bangkok: 26 reviews and 46 photos

  Giant Swing
by jrs1234

The Giant Swing is unlikely to to be top of your list of things to see, especially as it's now on an island in the middle of a busy road junction. However it's worth a look if you are nearby - if only for the history of it. Up until the 1930s there was a ritual where men would ride the swing to try and grab bags of gold - unfortunately it seems more than a few would fall, often with fatal results. There's an old photograph of this ritual at the 2Bangkok website.

The bright red colour it's painted makes it a prominent local landmark in the Old Town - but at present it's being rebuilt - so it may be under scaffolding for a little while.

Address: Dinso Road
Directions: A short walk south from Democracy Monument.
Phone: +66 2221 4026

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 28, 2006
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