Once Upon a Time in Bangkok

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Mahachai Road ran just inside the city wall, from Rajdamnern, the royal avenue, through India Town and on to the river. Down both sides ran the tram, which was installed by Danish engineers in 1893, 10 years before Copenhagen or Tokyo had one.

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The Giant Swing was erected early in the 19th century for an annual ritual to honor the god Siva. Teams swung to great heights to snatch a bag of gold. In 1925, however, the rite was declared perilous and was abolished.

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