Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing, Bangkok

Wat Suthat is huge and actually one of the most important temples for the Thai people.

Wat Suthat is huge and actually one of the most important temples for the Thai people. Its large size was needed as it was constructed in the early 19th century to house the huge Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha image, brought all the way down from Sukhothai by boat. The outer wall of the cloister has more than 150 Buddha images lined up, and as they are currently being re-gilded, they are in various states of repair. Outside is an open courtyard with many Chinese statues. The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) is a huge red frame on the plaza opposite the main entrance of Wat Suthat. The swing was used in an annual ceremony where teams of young men would try to swing high enough to retrieve a sack of gold that was tied to a pole about 25 metres high in the air. The ceremony has been banned since 1932, as many people got injured or died trying. The swing was fully renovated in 2007 and now looks as good as new.























About Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing

 146 Bamrung Muang Rd

 +66 2 222-0280


Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing and Nearby Sights on Map

Rommaninat Park

This public park is built on the old prison grounds of the Bangkok Remand Prison near Wat Suthat

Mahakan Fort

Mahakan Fort is one of only two remaining forts of Rattanakosin's outer city walls, the other being Phra Sumen Fort near Khao San Road

Wat Thep Thida Ram

The temple was built in 1836, during the reign of King Rama III

Pig Memorial

Designed by Prince Naris, this golden pig statue was created in 1913 at the 50th birthday anniversary of Queen Phatcharinthra, one of King Rama V's wives, who was born in the Chinese year of the pig

Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre

The Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre specializes in traditional Thai Khon masked dance-drama performances which illustrate stories from the national epic Ramakien

Queen Savang Vadhana Museum

The Sra Pathum Palace is an oasis of silence right behind Siam Paragon

Wat Ratchabophit

Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign


Phahurat is Bangkok's Little India, with rows of shops and stalls selling ethnic Indian culinary ingredients and accessories

Charoen Krung Road

Charoen Krung Road runs alongside the Chao Phraya river, with several major attractions on it including Chinatown, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok Folk Museum, and Wat Yan Nawa

Democracy Monument

Completely occupying a roundabout on a major thoroughfare is the Democracy Monument