In Bangkok, if you have been around Golden Mount or Democracy monument, you would have noticed the tall red wooden structure. It is called as "Giant Swing" In the past Thais used that high structure as swing to do a ceremony to one of the God from Hindu.

The Giant Swing is located in front of Wat Suthat Thepwararam on Bamrung Mueang Road, Phra Nakhon District. This was constructed in 1784 and became national historical site in 1949. It is 21 meters tall, painted in red and unique structure of wooden pillars.

It was built by King Rama I after he had completed the settlement of Bangkok. He ordered to construct the Brahmin church and the Giant swing on Barmrung Mueang Road. Then during the reign of King Rama V, it was relocated to its present location.

In the past, the Giant Swing was used in the Tri-Yampawai, the Brahmin religious ceremony. The rite was performed as to pay homage to Shiva God as to commemorate the God's annual visit to the earth. The ceremony was finally canceled in 1935 during the reign of King Rama VII due to safety.


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