Wat Suthat & Giant Swing
Wat Suthat & Giant Swing
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Bamrung Muang Road, Rajabopit, Phra Nakhon - Bangkok ( Rattanakosin )
08:00 - 18:00 - $   | View Events
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Wat Suthat & Giant Swing

Wat Suthat Thepwararam Raja Maha Vihara Wora, or more simply Wat Suthat, is a first-class temple in Bangkok located on Bamrung Muang Road, opposite to the Giant Swing, in the heart of Rattanakosin Island. The construction of Wat began at the behest of the Rama I to contain the Phra Sri Sakayamunee, a sacred image which has been moved there from Sukhothai, and it was completed in the third reign of the Chakri Dynasty. The Phra Ubosot was built during the third kingdom and it is the main building of temple. Inside you can admire murals depicting the history of the Buddha and the history of Ramakien, the Thailand's national epic inspired by the Indian Rāmāyaṇa. The sacred image inside the main hall is the Phra Buddha Trilokachet, which was merged on orders of King Rama III. The image of Buddha Setthamunee presides the Karn Prian hall, which was ordered by King Rama III and was merged from the metal of opium boxes that have been confiscated from many provinces, and here it were burned. Phra Sri Sakayamunee is the main statue of the temple, it is located in the Pra Vihara Luang. The statue is placed on a base named Chuk Chee and is beautifully embellished with gold decorations. The cloth draped over the lap of the sacred image is the repository of  King Rama VIII's ashes. Just in front of Wat Suthat is located the Giant Swing. The original structure dates back to 1784 was replaced in 2004 with a new one made entirely of teak. Giant Swing is 21.15 meters high and painted in red, easily identifiable from a distance. It was in origin a religious structure formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony constructed in front of the Devasathan shrine by King Rama I. 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.
Admission fee & Opening hours: Wat Suthat is open daily from 08:00 until 18:00. Admission is free.
Getting there: The temple is in the heart of Rattanakosin Island. There aren’t BTS or MRT stations nearby, so the best way to get there is by metered taxi.
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