Wat Suthat is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok, famed for its beautiful roofline, huge Buddha, magnificent frescoes (paintings) and the giant swing out front. In fact, the temple is also known as the Temple of the Giant Swing because of that giant red ceremonial swing located just across from the temple’s main entrance. This is a Hindu symbol that became Bangkok’s civil emblem for a time. Wat Suthat is a royal temple of the first grade – there are ten such temples in Bangkok, and 23 in the whole of Thailand. At the lower terrace of the base, there are 28 Chinese pagodas – In the picture above you can see ten of those 28 tall carved-stone structures.
We visited this temple while we were doing our Walking Tour of Old Bangkok (click on the link for more details and a map of the walking tour), and we were very surprised by how peaceful and quiet this area was. It was truly relaxing experience, and the surrounding streets are among the old city’s most atmospheric. If you enjoy less crowded temples and sightseeing, then this is the place for you!
How to get there:
Entrance fee – 20 Baht
Address – Sao Chingcha Square
Tel – (66-2) 222-0280