𝐆𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 or 𝐒𝐚𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐜𝐡𝐚
𝐆𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐵𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑘𝑜𝑘 𝐿𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑟 1905 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝐆𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 or 𝐒𝐚𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐜𝐡𝐚 was constructed in the reign of Rama I after he had decided to extend the city from the west or Thonburi since King Thaksin's time to the east. There was also a canal excavation surrounding the city. 𝑲𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑹𝒂𝒎𝒂 𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔, 𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑩𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑺𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈."𝑺𝒂𝒐 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒄𝒉𝒂" 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑺𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒚𝒎𝒃𝒐𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝑩𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒌𝒐𝒌 until now.
It is two towering red pillars standing on a huge stone at a height of 21.15 meters. The lotus-flower-shaped pedestal is white exposed aggregate concrete. On the arch of the pedestal, placed an inscribed stone telling the history of Sao Chingcha. A pair of central pillars and two pairs of stilts with capital were all made of round lathed teak tree trunks. The frame connecting both capitals was carved beautifully. They were all painted in red. It is one of the architectures built for the Swing Ceremony or Ceremony of Tri-yampawai from an ancient Hindu epic. . The Giant Swing seen today is the new one which was rebuilt from 11th-13th September 2007. The new pillars were made of golden teak tree trunks from Prae. The Giant Swing has become one of the most historically important tourist attractions in Bangkok well known among Thais and foreigners. The architecture in the area near the Giant Swing including the Phra Nakorn area still remains in the style of the early Rattanakosin period.
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