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called Diamond Hill. The tower is 250 ft. high and may be ascended to the top. As Wat Sa Ket is located in the central part of the city, its top commands a very wide prospect of the entire city and surrounding country. The numerous temples, whose sharp pointed towers and tiled roofs glitter under the tropical sun, are a most
Distant View of Wat Sa Ket, Bangkok.
beautiful sight and will convey better than anything else an idea of Siam as a Buddhist country. Indeed the ' Land of Yellow Robes,' by which the country is known to foreigners, is no misnomer. One can realize also what an important part the rivers and canals play jn the life of the Siamese, as one views their silvery courses running 'n every direction throughout the city and surrounding country.
Wat Po or the Temple of the Sleeping Idol (near the Royal Palace, Pl. C5), so called by Europeans from a huge, recumbent image of the Buddha found in the temple. The image is made of bricks, thickly overlaid with gold, and is 160 ft. long, (each foot measuring 16ft. in length). The soles of the feet are richly adorned with inlaid pearls, showing figures of fruits and flowers, in illustration the story that wherever the Buddha set his feet there sprang forth trees bearing flowers and fruits. The arm at the elbow is 6 ft. m diameter. It is said that the temple cost altogether more than 1,000,000 ticals. This temple holds, besides this huge image of the Buddha, nearly 1,000 other images, mostly life-size. The temple building is 200 ft. in length, and its roofs are constructed in three layers, all supported by round pillars. The temple premises are sur-rounded by high walls, inside which, besides the main temple, there are several smaller temples and towers and the residences of priests.