This red, towering, almost modernist monument looks Chinese, yet it isn’t. The original structure dates back to the beginning of Bangkok itself and was used in Brahmanic rituals that were dangerous and at times deadly.
No one knows how tall the original swing was. It has been replaced multiple times since its construction in 1784, most recently in 2005. It stands on the wide open square in front of Wat Suthat Thepwararam, which is not well known with foreigners but a major temple nonetheless.
A walk east from here along Bamrung Mueang Road will take you past workshops that make large Buddha sculptures. When you cross the bridge, you are just north of the entrance to Monk’s Village.