Wat Suthat, Giant Swing, Wat Ratchabophit, City Hall, Bangkok
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Wat Suthat houses well known wall paintings (although rapidly deteriorating, with the best preserved ones high up the walls) and statues of Buddha surrounded by his disciples. There are some marvellous mother of pearl decorations on the doors.
Wat Suthat is one of the four royal wats of the first class in Bangkok, and is directly patronized by the ruling monarch. The two main temple buildings, the Viharn and the Ubosoth, are both quite impressive, with the Ubosoth the largest of its kind in Bangkok.
It is worthwhile
to also explore two Hindru shrines in the vicinity, one just opposite the streets across the main entrance to Wat Suthat. You will also notice Hindu gods displayed on garbles of Wat Suthat.
Closeby is a large square, with the Giant Swing, on which quite a few young men lost their live, before its use was prohibited. City Hall, a rather drab building is on the opposite site.
Wat Ratchabophit is within close distance of the more visited Wat Pho. It has its own distinctive architectural style, small, with European influenced inside decorations.
Giant Swing, Bangkok