The Giant Swing

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What we say: 2.5 stars

One of Bangkok's most recognisable monuments the Giant Swing is…exactly what it sounds like.

Officially called Sao Ching Cha, the Giant Swing was originally part of an annual Brahmin ceremony honouring the Hindu god Shiva's visit to earth.

During this festival swingers would soar up to 25 metres trying to capture a bag of gold suspended in the air by a bamboo pool. In the 1930's King Rama VII banned the use of Sao Ching Cha after too many fatalities had occurred.

In 2007, the original and decaying swing was replaced with the current version which is constructed of six teak logs from Phrae province in northern Thailand.

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In front of Wat Suthat, Bamrung Muang rd
Opening Hours: Daily
How to get there: The swing is directly in front of Wat Suthat, a 10-minute walk from Democracy Monument
Last updated: 16th February, 2012

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