BOUTIQUE HOTEL NEAR THE GIANT SWING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

Giant Swing

giant_swingSao Ching Cha (Giant Swing) is a religious structure in Bangkok, Phra Nakhon district, located in front of Wat Suthat temple. It was formerly used an old Brahmin ceremony, and is one of Bangkok’s tourist attractions. The Giant Swing was originally 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. In 1920 it was renovated and moved to its current location in order to make space for a gas plant. The ceremony was again performed until 1935, when it was discontinued after several fatal accidents.