The Giant Swing in Bangkok is a must visit the place. It is one of the most iconic places in the Old City of Bangkok. Bangkok is a city where you will get to see most majestic temples in Thailand. Wat Suthat or Wat Suthat Thepwararam, known for the giant red swing is one of the most noteworthy of them all.
The Giant Swing was constructed in 1784, today can be found just outside the entrance to the temple. Standing at 21.15 meters (69ft), between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall, is a Brahman religious structure, and was originally used as part of a ceremony during the Brahman Festival. An annual swinging ceremony used to held at Giant Swing, to celebrate the main rice harvest in mid-December, young men would ride the swing high in the air, suspended 24 metres from the ground when in full swing, and try to grab a bag of coins with their teeth. Those who succeeded could keep the treasure, though many of them ended meeting fatal accidents and even death. The rite was cancelled in 1935 under the reign of King Rama VII. The swing has been remodelled many times, most recent reconstruction was in 2007, and it hasn’t changed since. The construction of the new swing is done using fine teak wood. The old version of the Giant Swing can be viewed at the Bangkok National Museum.
The temple Wat Suthat was commissioned by King Rama I began construction of both the main hall (wihan) and the meeting hall (bot) in 1807, they weren’t completed until almost 40 years later. Inside the main hall is a Phra Sri Sagaya Munee, it is the principal Buddha image which was acquired from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai. Many people often make pilgrimages to worship the Buddha, especially on holy days.
In 2005, the Giant Swing, together with Wat Suthat, was proposed as a future UNESCO World Heritage site.
The opening hours of this place is 08:30 to 21:00 daily. The exact location of this place is Bamrung Muang Road, Old City (Rattanakosin), opposite Bangkok City Hall. You can easily combine a visit to Wat Suthat with Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho.