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The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha)

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Giant (not) Swing !

The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) located in the middle town Bangkok city " Phra Nakhon district " actually stand on the traffic island, next to "Wat Suthat Temple" Today it's not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) located in the middle town Bangkok city " Phra Nakhon district " actually stand on the traffic island, next to "Wat Suthat Temple" Today it's not swing just the Red Crap Archway for take pictures, not much to do and very busy traffic !!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

A religious structure standing at 21m tall. Built in 1784, hit by lightening and moved in 1920. It was used in a ceremony where daring young men swung high to try and collect a bag of silver coins. The swinging ceremony was discontinued in 1935 after numerous injuries and deaths. Reconstructed in 2005. Not a lot to see and set... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Well the structure has a story to tell of dare devil acrobats who swung in arcs, 85 feet up in the hope of grabbing some gold hung above then. Too many fatalities stop the whole exercise! It makes a good photo but that apart there is not much to see. It is however quite close to Wat Saket and the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Not really a big deal... if you dont know its there, you dont even pay attention... still, if you get around, visit the temple next by, its a nice one :)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Located on a traffic island across from Wat Sutthat, the giant swing isn't really that giant....and while the structure is sound, the swing bit has been taken off leaving a rather less than inpressive monument. Still worth a quick photo oor drive by due to its historical significance but not really worth going out of your way for if you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Not worth a dedicated trip by all means, they should have left the "swing" itself in place to make it more attractive. The history behind it is worth knowing, but the structure itself isn't that impressive.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

It's literally, just a big swing construction, in the middle of a roundabout. That is literally it. Certainly do not make a special trip to see it. Complete waste of time, and really can't understand why it's even mentioned on tourist maps and 'places of interest'. Not recommended...at all!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Its in the middle of a fairly busy road, so do be careful crossing to get to it. It doesn't do anything other that look vast when stood in close proximity to it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

If your in the area swing by, but not worth special trip . Swing is on a kind of large roundabout easily seen from afar and from a car. Temple opposite is worth a quick look , couple were getting wedding pictures by the giant swing the day we went which was quite cute but other than that it's just... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

The giant swing can be seen while driving through the road. This giant swing is besides and close to Wat Suthat. You cannot run across and stand besides as this Giant swing acts as a roundabout for vehicles. Pictures can be taken from Wat Suthat walkway.

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