History of "Sao Ching Cha", a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok

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1 Jun 2022 3:05 PM.





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Giant Swing

is a building that has been on Rattanakosin Island since the city was built.

Even though the era has changed

People still frequented the Sao Ching Cha area.

both contacting the government with the Bangkok City Hall

or pay homage to the sacred things of the city from Dinso Road to Wat Suthat

ancient pole swings

The swing pillar is an architecture located in the temple of the Brahmins.

The swing pillar is an architecture built to perform the Tri Yam Pawai ceremony.

or the swinging ceremony

according to the beliefs of the Brahmins

To be the center of the mind of the people of Phra Nakhon

and to express gratitude to 3 gods namely Shiva, Ganesha and Vishnu

History of the Ferris wheel

It is a building in the early Rattanakosin period.

It was built in 1784, corresponding to the reign of King Buddha Yodfa Chulalok the Great.

according to Brahmin beliefs

The swing pillar was built on the navel of the city.

is the center of Bangkok

by measuring from the city wall on the western side of the Chao Phraya River to the Mahakan Fort

The swing pillar sits on a circular mortar base.

A large and tall wooden pole decorated with openwork planks at the base of both poles. There are 2 poles with chopsticks at the end of the shape of a chameleon flanking each side, painted in scarlet red.

The swing pole located in front of Wat Suthat at present is a new pole made of golden teak, Muang Phrae through the celebration ceremony on 11 - 13 September 2007 due to the old pillar being dilapidated.

which changed for the 4th time

Because the swing pillar is a tall construction in the Phra Nakhon area

Therefore, the lightning rod must be installed on the top grille to the ground.

to prevent damage

The Fine Arts Department has registered the swing pillar as a national historic site on November 22, 1949, at the present time is 238 years old.

Pole swing, why use "Golden Teak"?

The Ferris wheel is a symbol of Bangkok.

It is also a place where beliefs are based on Brahmanism.

Therefore, the repair and maintenance must be carried out according to belief.

therefore used a large golden teak tree

which is considered a strong wood

The nature of the wood used to make a swing post must have a base circumference of not less than 60 centimeters, with a top circumference of not less than 50 centimeters and a height of not less than 20 meters.

The survey of golden teak must be checked for strength and suitability.

Both the wood used to make the chopstick pole.

and chopsticks

for use in the Tri Yam Pawai ceremonies

Tri Yam Pawai ceremony, giant swing

Tri Yam Pawai ceremony

or the swinging ceremony

It is the belief of the Brahmin-Hindu religion.

to welcome the performance of Lord Shiva's visit to the human world

It is a new era of Brahmins.

Belief of the Tri Yam Pawai

Modeled from a legend that tells of Uma Devi who gambled with Shiva.

about the destruction of the world

by having the serpent swinging his body to make Shiva stand on one leg in a cross-legged manner

If the serpent swayed and Shiva's feet did not fall, the world was considered stable and strong.

The swinging ritual is terrifying.

Therefore, it has been canceled since the reign of King Prajadhipok (Rama 7)

Giant Swing, 5 attractions that you shouldn't miss

The Giant Swing is a popular place for people in Bangkok.

and tourists visiting Bangkok

to pay homage to the sacred

and take beautiful check-in photos

in cultural tourism

to learn the life of the old community in Dinso Road, Mahanop Road

  • The Temple of the Brahmin Church

The Temple of the Brahmin Church

It is an ancient building enshrining the idol of Brahma.

located in the middle of the pond

There are 3 Thai-style buildings, which are shrines of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and Lord Narayana, with plaques showing the order of worshiping to ask for blessings from the gods.

including prohibitions and practices

  • Wat Suthat Thepwararam

Wat Suthat Thepwararam

It is a temple of the reign of King Rama 8 and is classified as a first-class royal monastery.

Built in 1807, it was originally called Wat Sao Chingcha.

enshrined the principal Buddha image in the viharn, the ubosot and the salutation hall

named after

"Phra Sri Sakyamuni", "Phra Buddha Trilokachet" and "Phra Buddhasethamuni"

  • Mahanparam Worawihan Temple

Mahanparam Worawihan Temple

Built in the reign of King Rama 3 by Krom Muen Udom Rattanasee

or Prince Annop

Which is the son of the reign of King Rama 3 according to Buddhist beliefs that popularly built temples in Phra Nakhon during the construction of Rattanakosin.

It is an interesting temple built by Thai-Chinese architecture.

Enshrined a Buddha image in Sukhothai

Name Phra Ruangthong

  • Sao Ching Cha community

Sao Ching Cha community

It is located around the Sao Ching Cha area.

It consists of the houses of the people who live in succession since the early Rattanakosin period.

Some houses still have ancient art.

Set up as an interesting shop, cafe, if you visit the Sao Ching Cha area, don't forget to walk in and visit.

  • Chao Pho Suea Shrine

Chao Pho Suea Shrine

Built according to the belief of setting up a court of Thai people of Chinese descent

enshrine the gods

Xiantian Shandi

and the idol of the god Guan Yu

and ruby ​​goddess

According to the beliefs of Thai people of Chinese descent, they often come to fix the brew according to the year of birth.

Giant Swing, restaurant, delicious food

Sao Chingcha restaurant

There is a selection of main dishes, drinks, and a cafe atmosphere for everyone to stop by and take a nice check-in photo.

after walking to worship

Explore the architecture of the community around Sao Ching Cha.

Restaurants in the Sao Ching Cha area such as

  • Sukhothai Tachai Noodles 119/1 Bamrung Muang Road

  • Nai Uan Yentafo Restaurant 41 Soi Nawa

  • Yong Hua Restaurant 101 Siripong Road

  • Chit Tao Than Restaurant, Pad Thai, 69 Mahanop Road

  • Baan Pad Thai 105 Mahanop Road

  • Niyom Pochana Restaurant 109 Mahanop Road

  • Sae Phun, Chicken Rice 80 Years Old, 112 Mahanop Road

  • Siriphon Phochana Restaurant 152 Mahanop Road

  • Aim Aroi 189 Mahanop Road

  • Gingerbread Shop 47 Dinso Road

  • Nai Chun Pork Dang Rice 142 Dinso Road

  • Aroi Restaurant 152 Dinso Road

  • Mon Nom Sod 160 Dinso Road

  • Krua Apsorn 169 Dinso Road

  • Mit Go Yuan Restaurant 186 Dinso Road

  • Krua Trok Chan Restaurant 212 Dinso Road

Ferris wheel, where to park?

Getting to the Ferris wheel

can travel by private car

Subway to Sanam Chai Station

Bus number 12, 24 or air-conditioned bus number 12 can park private cars at the road around Wat Suthat, Dinso Road and nearby private parking lots.

by observing the sign for car deposit

and parking signs on even days, odd days

Location : In

front of Wat Suthat

Bamrung Muang Road

Sao Chingcha Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok

Source: Sao Chingcha, Rattanakosin Island Information Center