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to its classical examples, which are depicted on the walls of the various buildings of Angkor, such as the dancing of the goddess Apsaras, her gestures and her dress. The subject matter of it was taken mostly from the poem of RA mA yana. If visitors should be fortunate enough to obtain permission from the French regency to witness one of these performances, they will feel that all their time and money spent in this tour are amply repaid by this rare entertainment. At the back of the throne hall is the king's living room, and behind it is the living room of his consort and dancing girls. Near it is another edifice two stories high, in the upper story of which is kept the sword of the royol family, which has been handed down for two thousand years. It is a long and big sword, awk-
Pagoda of Phnom-penh.
wardly fashioned and without decoration, but consecrated by its long history. By the way, in Cambodia a king is not succeeded by his son, but by his brother, who may consequently be an old man when he comes to the throne. The present King Sisovat is seventy-seven years old. In the jewel factory mentioned above visitors can purchase jewels, pictures, silk cloth, silver wares, and other decorative articles, which are of crude workmanship, but interesting as souvenirs. Outside of the palace, near the gate of departure, is a barricade (Kraal) in which are kept many white elephants. These elephants are placed at the disposal of royal guests and other guests of honour, who may ride on them when going to or from the palace.
Ze Phnom (meaning 'mountain') is a hill, 27 metres high, commanding an excellent view of the city and its surroundings. On its summit stands a temple with a high tower. The interior floor