Cultural attractions in Bangkok although Bangkok is known as one of the party capitals of the world, the cultural attractions on offer are a match for any other city in the world. A prime example of this is the Ancient City in Samut Prakan which is an extraordinary creation located on the outskirts of the city. The Ancient City is contained within 320 acres of landscaped gardens and contains scaled down replicas of Thailand’s most important structures. There are more than 100 monuments within the Ancient City with some depicting buildings that no longer exist. This homage to Thai architecture and history is one of the most remarkable projects ever carried out in the country and must be visited by tourists.
The Wat Sutat temple in Bangkok is the home of the ‘Great Swing’. The huge swing still stands proudly in front of the temple but it has not been used since 1932. When it was in use, the swing was where young men celebrated a successful harvest. Brave (and foolhardy) men sat on the swing which took them as high as 80 feet in the air before they tried to grab a bag of coins with their teeth. As one might expect, accidents, injuries and fatalities occurred which led to that aspect of the ceremony being cancelled. Nonetheless, the harvest ceremony is still celebrated in less dangerous fashion in December. (more…)