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256 Route 21. BANGKOK Wat Chang.
In one of these small temples is a statue of the Buddha in a sitting posture, executed in brass and about 50 ft. high, placed 011 an elevated stand which is also of brass and ornamented. In front of the altar stand flower vases, rice-bowls, etc., which are of brass,
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nickel, and bronze. Among the offerings are generally found flowers and fruits. On each side of the image is the figure of a priest, in a praying posture. The whole group is of most excellent workmanship.
Wat Chang (Pl. B 5) is on the W. bank of the Menam nearly opposite to Wat Po. The temple, which is in the shape of a huge bell, is 250 ft. high; it is built of bricks and plastered on the outside. The premises cover 15 to 20 acres, in which are several gardens, lakes full of fish, houses for priests, innumerable stone images, and several caves of stone or brick.
Wat VIira Keo, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (PI. C4), is in the Royal Palace. Here may be seen mural paintings, which in point of art are superior to any others to be met with in Bangkok. The ground floor of the temple is paved with bronze plates, which are always kept well polished. The altar, 50 ft. high, contains many images of human and animal forms, some of them of a most singular shape. The 'Emerald' image of Buddha stands in a niche at the head of the altar. The image is I ft. by 8 ins., its hair and robe are of pure gold. The image looks like a mozaic made of various precious stones. It is said that diamonds and other gems are set in the plaited gold. The temple, which is