RELICS OF AN ANCIENT CULTURE.
v'isible. The vault consists of slabs of which the higher overlap the lower. The total length of the temple is 60 feet, and the greatest breadth 50 feet, the inside being full of Hindu idols, mostly of stone, some of them crumbling with age. On one of the slabs in the walls there are traces of characters cut into the stone, which cannot now be ^ciphered, but which need not be regarded as the remains of any important original record. Tor the builders of this temple were evidently men of discriminating taste, and neither the position of inscription nor its form is such as they would have chosen for a Memorial intended to be enduring. Some of the characters are only discernible by the aid of lamps, and the place is so dark and mysterious that the effect is dismal.
There are ruins of several other wonderful temples scattered over the Korat division, which once must have been full of intelligent life an i industry.