Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworahawihan
Ornate 19th-century Buddhist temple, famed for its 20-m. red teak Giant Swing & 8 m. bronze Buddha. Wat Suthat as it is known in short is designated as a royal temple of the first grade, there are only ten such temples in Bangkok, therefore you can understand the significance of this temple. Construction began in 1807 CE by King Rama I, and took forty years for the temple to be completed in 1847 CE in the reign of King Rama III.
There’s also a ghost story associated with the temple, regarding a Pret, which is a very tall ghost with long legs, who is always hungry 🙂 This folklore probably has to do with the fact that there is a giant swing standing in front of the temple, and in the moonlight before street lamps, it probably looked like a long legged ghost.
Wat Suthat, adjacent to the Great Swing, is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples. Three kings had a hand in its construction: it was begun soon after the coronation of Rama I (founder of the Chakri dynasty) in 1782, continued by Rama II, and completed 10 years later by Rama III.
Apart from its delightful architecture, the temple boasts some exceptionally interesting wall paintings. Wat Suthat is less popular than some of the other temple complexes in the city, so you’ll enjoy a more peaceful and intimate experience here.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a must-see gallery for any art-loving traveller exploring the city. The building was meticulously designed to provide visitors with an amazing visual experience, as its winding shape is ideal for displaying art. The centre is also home to numerous cafés, restaurants, an art library, eco-friendly souvenir shops, a prayer room and more.