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More tourist attractions in Bangkok :

Here are some of the more interesting tourist attractions in the Thai capital :

The Klongs

Riverside community life in Thailand has changed very little over the centuries. The people who live on the banks of the coffee-coloured canals, or Klongs, of Thailand eke out a peaceful existence by fishing and trading in their colourfully decorated boats. Some of these boats are available for tours of the city's canals and rivers, and there can be few more relaxing ways to spend an afternoon in Bangkok.

Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing

Giant Swing close to Wat Suthat Giant Swing close to Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat is mainly famous due to a somewhat bizarre ceremony that used to take place closeby. In order to show gratitude to the gods for a bountiful rice harvest, a huge teak swing, situated near the entrance to the temple, was erected. Every year, brave, some might say foolhardy, young men would ride on the swing as high as they could manage. While they were doing so, bags of coins would be thrown at them that they would then attempt to catch with their teeth. Needless to say, this incredibly dangerous ritual resulted in more than a few premature demises, and the city put a stop to the ceremony in 1932. However, the swing still remains as a monument to these less responsible times.
The old Giant Swing was dismantled around 2006, since it was beyond repair, and replaced with an exact replica.

The House That Jim Built

The House That Jim Built is a historic house that was built by an American architect (and CIA operative) by the name of Jim Thomson, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the March of 1967. Jim was something of a connoisseur of Asian art, and this is borne out by the presence of a large collection of paintings and sculptures from around the subcontinent.  However, it is the house itself that is the real attraction here, as it consists of six smaller houses that were transported from outside Bangkok and reassembled along one of its canals. Tours are available daily from 9am until 4.30pm.

More : Bangkok's Most visited Hotspots | Thai Customs





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