Devasathan & the Giant Swing

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Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of shrines to Shiva, Ganesha and Vishnu. The Bramin priests based here still officiate at royal and other ceremonies (although no longer at the Brahmin New Year rite). Symbolising an exploit of the god Shiva, four brave men would swing from this lofty red frame to bite pouches of coins. However, due to fatal casualties the ritual stopped in the 1930s. The poles were erected in 1919 by the Louis T Leonowens Company in honour of their namesake, the son of Anna Leonowens (the contentious governess of The King and I). In 2006, the rickety timbers were replaced by what you see today.

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Devasathan & the Giant Swing details

Address
268 Thanon Dinso

Area Phra Nakorn

Telephone 02 222 6951

Open Bot 10am-4pm Thur, Sun. Swing 24hrs daily.

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