Excursions, Temples — 19 August 2013 12 h 37 min

Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing.

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Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing.

One of the oldest and most impressive temples in Bangkok is Wat Suthat. Standing at its entrance you’ll find the Giant Swing, which stands at 21.15 meters, unmistakable to see from afar.

The two red pillars and beautiful carved crossbar of the Giant Swing are perhaps more famous than the temple itself. The temple which was build on the orders of King Rama I between 1782 and 1809, is located in the old city, not far from the Grand Palace. King Rama I built this temple to house the 13th century bronze Buddha which was originally displayed in the city of Sukhotai.

The temple has an elegant chapel with sweeping roofs, nicely hand-carved door panels from teakwood and murals on its walls. Along these walls 156 Buddha’s are displayed, and fresco’s of 24 reincarnations of the Lord Buddha decorate the inside walls of the main chapel.

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