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Bangkok, Phra Nakhon District, the Giant Swing, together with Wat Suthat.

Trying to get a taxi driver or Tuk Tuk driver to stop and park here to  take photos of this Giant Swing is not easy. There are usually many police near  by ready to book them. However one day, I managed to get a Tuk Tuk driver to pretend he had broken down and I managed to get some photos of this Monument. The Giant Swing is a religious structure in the Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, located in front of Wat Suthat temple. It was formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony, and is one of Bangkok's main tourist attractions. The Giant Swing was constructed in 1784 in front of the Devasathan shrine by King Rama I.

During the reign of Rama II the ceremonial swing was discontinued as a swing because it had become structurally damaged by lightning. In 1920 it was renovated and moved to its current location. The ceremony was again performed until 1935, when it was discontinued after several fatal accidents connected with the ceremonies performed  using this swing. The last renovations were done in 1959, and after 45 years of exposure to the elements the wooden pillars were showing signs of serious neglect. A major reconstruction began in April 2005. Six teak tree trunks were used. The two used for the main structure of the swing are over 3.5 metres  in circumference and over 30 metres in height. The remaining four are used for support and are 2.30 metres in circumference and 20  metres in height.

The swing was taken down in late October 2006 and the work finished in December of the same year. The rebuilt swing was dedicated in royal ceremonies presided over by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in September 2007. The timbers of the original swing are preserved in the  National Museum at 4, Na Phra That, Bangkok, Phra Nakhon 10200, Thailand. It is the the largest museum in Southeast Asia featuring  exhibits of Thai art and history.

In 2005, the Giant Swing, together with Wat Suthat, was suggested as a future UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wat Suthat Thep Wararam, commonly shortened to Wat Suthat, is an important temple in Thailand. Inside the Grand Hall you will find its principle Buddha image, Phra Sri Sagaya Munee, which was acquired from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai. Wat Suthat was built by  King Rama 1 in the centre of his capital but it was completed in the reign of Rama 3. Many people often make pilgrimages to worship the Buddha especially on holy days such as Visakha Bucha Day, Magha Bucha Day etc. According to an ancient Hindu epic, after Brahma created the world he sent Shiva (meaning  the Auspicious One and  is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. ) to look after it.