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The Giant Swing at Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat Thep Wararam - วัดสุทัศนเทพวราราม  One of Bangkok's most iconic landmarks is the Giant Swing, a towering red monument looking something like a Japanese torii gate, but serving a very different purpose. Long ago used in a royal ceremony by the kingdom's secretive royal court Brahmins, the swing today serves as a symbol of the City of Angels.

Wat Suthat Temple, the home of the Giant Swing, is a first-class temple of the royal grade, of which there are only ten in all of Bangkok.


Surrounding the temple sanctuary are twenty-eight miniature Chinese-style pagodas carved from stone. According to the Buddhist scriptures, there have been twenty-seven Buddhas before the enlightenment of Prince Siddhārtha Gautama. Each of these twenty-eight pagodas therefore correspond to one of the ancient enlightened lives of the Buddha.


While Wat Suthat itself is a beautiful and important royal temple, the Giant Swing, which soars above the temple along Bamrung Ruang Road, is the most rema…

Thai Festival Calendar 2018 (2561 BE)

Major Thai Buddhist Festivals for 2018 (2561 Buddhist Era)


16 February - Lunar (Chinese) New Year - Year of the Dog

1 March - Makha Bucha


13-15 April - Songkran (Traditional Thai New Year)

29 May - Visakha Bucha

27 July - Asalha Bucha

28 July-24 October - Vassa (Buddhist Lent)

22 November - Loi Krathong



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