Giant Swing

May 3, 2011

Giant Swing Wat Suthat Tourist Attraction - Bangkok, Thailand - Daily Travel Photos
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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Wat Suthat (Temple) and the ceremonial "Giant Swing" near Bangkok's City Hall.

For years, I knew about the Giant Swing as a tourist attraction but neglected to take a closer look until just a few days ago. Turns out, the Giant Swing was used for centuries for religious purposes until some fatalities forced the stoppage of the ancient ceremonies in the mid-1900's. I'm still a little fuzzy on what exactly the swinging portion of the ceremony entailed but I'll leave it to your imagination upon reading Wikipedia's description: In the ceremony Brahmins swing, trying to grab a bag of coins placed on one of the pillars.

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