~Giant Red Swing in front of Wat Suthat~
Standing at 21.15 metres between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall, the Giant Swing’s two towering red pillars and elaborately carved crossbar are unmistakable from afar. Constructed in 1784, the original Giant Swing was replaced in 2004 with a new one crafted from golden teak.
As I marvel at the beauty of its architecture, I can’t help thinking of the many young men who lost their lives swinging 24 metres above ground, in hope of winning a bag of silver coins. The dangerous swing ceremony was discontinued in 1932.
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