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Giant Swing Bangkok
The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) is a religious structure in Bangkok, Thailand, Phra Nakhon district, located in front of Wat Suthat temple. It was formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony, and is one of Bangkok's tourist attractions.
The Giant Swing was constructed in 1784 in front of the Devasathan shrine by King Rama I. During the reign of Rama II the swing ceremony was discontinued as the swing had become structurally damaged by lightning
Giant Swing Bangkok
Location: Bamrung Muang Road, Old City (Rattanakosin), opposite Bangkok City Hall
The Ceremony of Tri-yampawai or the Swing Ceremony was one of the 12 royal ceremonies held in each of the months of the Thai lunar calendar in the Sukhothai kingdom. Originally held in the first lunar month, it was moved to the second lunar month in the early Rattanakosin period at the beginning of the 19th century. The ceremony was a Bhramin new year's ceremony and lasted for 10 days.
According to an ancient Hindu epic, after Brahma created the world he sent Shiva to look after it. When Shiva descended to the earth, Naga serpents wrapped around the mountains in order to keep the earth in place. After Shiva found the earth solid, the Nagas moved to the seas in celebration. The Swing Ceremony was a re-enactment of this. The pillars of the Giant Swing represented the mountains, while the circular base of the swing represented the earth and the seas. In the ceremony Brahmins would swing, trying to grab a bag of coins placed on one of the pillars.
Giant Swing Bangkok
Standing at 21.15 metres, between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall, the Giant Swing’s two towering red pillars and elaborately carved crossbar are unmistakable from afar. After undergoing several renovations, the original Giant Swing, dating from 1784, was replaced in 2004 with a new one crafted entirely from golden teak. The construction of the new swing was a complex process of hand-carving, paint undercoating and coating by master craftsmen and involved numerous parties from civil engineers to the Forestry Department to Brahmin priests.
Hotels near Giant Swing Bangkok
Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen Bangkok
78/3 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd. Pranakorn Bovornnivate, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen Bangkok from www.hotelscombined.com
Centrally located, the Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen offers easy access to Bangkok's popular shopping, sightseeing and entertainment areas. Situated in the popular Phra Nakhon, the hotel has easy access to numerous dining and entertainment venues.
The Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen has a coffee bar, 24 hour room service and luggage storage. Also available to guests are laundry facilities, a tour desk and a laundry service. Guests can stay connected with the hotel's standard Wi-Fi access.
The Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen offers modern and comfortable rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV. Amenities featured in the rooms include bottled water, in-room movies and a seating area. A desk with an electrical outlet and a bathtub are also provided in every room.
The Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen has its own on-site restaurant, perfect for guests wishing to dine in.
Bangkok's attractions, such as Wat Saket and Khaosan Road, are within an easy walking distance of the Baan Dinso at Ratchadamnoen. The hotel is situated within a 20-minute walk from Sanam Luang and the Wat Chana Song Khram.
55 Buranasart Road Pranakorn, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Boonsiri Place from www.hotelscombined.com
Conveniently positioned, Boonsiri Place offers easy access to Bangkok's main sightseeing areas. The various facilities this chic hotel features include a rooftop terrace, free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar.
This contemporary hotel provides a 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and a hair salon. Also on offer for guests are luggage storage, porters and a currency exchange.
The modern rooms include bottled water, a CD player and a private bathroom. A DVD player, a hair dryer and cable/satellite channels are also provided.
Boonsiri Place Bangkok's district offers plenty of nightlife and guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and bar options. For those who opt to eat in, the in-house restaurant is open for breakfast.
Bangkok's attractions, including Khaosan Road and the Democracy Monument, are within a 10-minute walk of Boonsiri Place Hotel. The local neighbourhood is also well-known for its shops and boutiques.
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How to get there
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