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Located right in front of Wat Suthat is a striking Giant Swing towering at the height of 21.15 meters. Nestled in the heart of busy square between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall is a Giant Swing making for a remarkable sight even from a distance. Initially established in the year 1784, the swing went under renovation to be replaced in 2004 with a newly crafted frame made of golden teak.
The process of creating a swing was a complicated task comprising of hand carving and precise painting that involved civil engineers to the Forestry Department and Brahmin priests. Today, the swing is a towering structure adorned with two pillars and the intricately carved crossbar. It also serves as a centre of sacred ritual that takes place every year after the rice harvest. In the ceremony, young men ride high in the air at the swing to catch a bag of silver coins with their teeth.
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