Fodor's Expert Review Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha)

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Originally built by King Rama I in 1784, this towering 27-meter (88-foot) wood structure has a great backstory but today it is just a random photo op. If you find yourself posing in front of it, or just walking by, know that it was once used in Hindu ceremonies where teams of men would launch themselves into the air and catch gold coins with their teeth; slingshotting them to good fortunes on heaven and Earth. The competitions were banned in 1935 after several fell to untimely deaths.

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Bamrung Muang Rd.
Bangkok, Bangkok  10200, Thailand

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