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The Legend of Sao Ching Cha&Wat Suthat @Bangkok

Say Hi to everyone…We are Tuk Tuk Studio, we have some place that would like to take you all there. Today, we will take you to Sao Ching Cha and Wat Suthat. What are some interesting things in these places?

Both of these places, be filled with historic story in the old time of Bangkok. Let’s get to know about these!

The legend of Sao Ching Cha or The Giant Swing and the hugry ghost of Wat Suthat, both places are close to each other and there are related stories.

The Giant Swing, considered as the navel of the city of Bangkok. It was erected by King Rama 1, and was designated as the center of the city. Originally located along Bumrung Muang Road, since the beginning in 1784. After that, was moved to the present place when the reign of King Rama 5.

The Swing ceremony is a Brahmin religious ceremony in a part of the ceremony of Tri-yampawi, for welcoming the Shiva that will come down to the world once a year.  It is said that Uma Devi is worried that the world will be a disaster, therefore she bet on Shiva by allowing the serpent (Naga) to stretch between the jujube trees at the river. By the Shiva standing in one leg in a cross-legged manner on the serpent which was the serpent shook the body. Which as long as Shiva do not fall down, it can interpret that the world will not come to the end. And the results show that Shiva wins.

In consequence, the swing ceremony is comparable to the Giant Swing. Naliwan (Brahmin), the swinger is the serpent and Phraya Yeun Ching Cha at a sitting cross-legged place in the ceremony is Shiva. For the method to swing by Naliwan who will go up and rock the board, all 3 rounds, each with 4 persons per rounds. The swing had a rope attached to all 4 sides.

To get the prize, and the prize will be hung on top and cheering by a lot of people below.
However, due to the swing ceremony be fill with danger. Causing the Naliwan fell and died, but they believe that willing to die for a ritual and make merit.

The swing ceremony ended in the reign of King Rama 7. Or Because at that time there was a change in the administrative system and there is a lot of spending for organizing ceremony.

In current, the ceremony is performed only in the Brahmin church which located near the Giant Swing.
And the Giant Swing is a new one that was renovated since 1972 currently.

The hungry ghost (spectre) of Wat Suthat as the story came from the villagers of Wat Suthat in the past. They said that people often see high shadows at night, like a very tall person standing in front of Wat Suthat, and sometime walking in that area. However, it is assumed that from the shadow of the Giant Swing, from shadows impacted by light night or light of sunset.

“Wat Suthat Thep Wararam” or Wat Suthat, formerly known as “Wat Maha Sutthawat”which King Rama 1 ordered to build for enshrined Phra Sri Sakayamuni or Luang Pho To, which was brought from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai province.

Wat Suthat,was proceeded to construction for a long time to 3 reign together until completion and continuing built on in the reign of King Rama 4 and King Rama 5.

The ticket for tourist, 100 baht. (Thai is free visiting)

The Royal temple as model from Mongkhon Bophit temple in Ayutthaya. There is Phra Si Sakyamuni enshrined inside. (Because of that time in the process of restoration, therefore make the image unclear.)

This is the image on the back of the royal temple.

Phra Sri Sakayamuni or Luang Pho To (หลวงพ่อโต).

At that time, in the temple there was a sermon.

Around the peristyle of the royal temple, at the white tent area of ​​the courtyard be the royal monument of King Rama 8.

Moreover, Wat Suthat is a regular temple of King Rama 8 and the area in front of the base of Phra Sri Sakayamunee (Luang Pho To) is the place for contained the relics of Phra Barom Chettha Thiraj. And on the 9th of June every year organize a charity ceremony.

 The Buddha image around the peristyle.

Walked out of the royal temple, will meet with the temple hall. Which is the largest and the longest in Thailand, Phra Buddha Tri-lokchet as the Lord Buddha is enshrined inside.

Which was cast in the reign of King Rama 3 and given the name by King Rama 4. The Mural on this temple, the 26 doors for 13 Thai literature, and other 4 door about Ramayana story. As the work from the artist in the reign of King Rama 3.

In front of the Phra Buddha Tri-Loket, enshrined 80 Buddha images.

When entering the temple hall, not to make a loud noise. Because it may disturb with those who are practicing Dharma.

How are things? For the historic story that we bring to share with you all. Don’t forget to visit this temple that be filled with stories and personal identity.

Hope you enjoy it!

Open every day : 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Wat Suthat)

The ticket : for tourist, 100 baht (Thai is free visiting)

Bus no. 10 ,12 ,15 ,19 ,35 ,42 ,48 ,73 ,96


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