Photo. Wat Arun Rajavararanj, Bangkok. S amese state Railways.
n itself a beautiful building, but it is on a splendid site, whence are stretching views in every direction. The palace was built about i860 for the King Mongkut (Rama IV), and remains exactly as he left it, the furniture and pictures being English of the period. The Copeland and Garrett porcelain preserved there for sixty years is calculated to bring water to the mouth of the connoisseur. Further up still is a graceful phraprang. with two pictures, one of a King receiving foreign ambassadors. It is of curious interest, and presents the white elephant of Siam amongst the spectators. The round observatory hard by is said to give a view of the sea to the east on a clear day. From this the path below can be seen leading over the hill to the prachedi, the bot and the phraprang. In the bot is a Buddha in white marble. Below is the towna a long stretch of tin roofs,a and here we realise that there are really four points to the hill. The prachedi behind this bot is of worked
limestone, probably enclosing a core of brick. On a turn below on the way back is a path to the cave in which is a standing Buddha and two sitting, and also a curious Nag. Halfway down on the reverse or western slope of the hill, which we take as a way to the ancient phraprang on the flat and to the town, is a bot with a super-colossal reclining Buddha, 62 paces long. On reaching the flat, we go out through an arched entrance and turn to the left, and follow along the road till a turn to the right puts us across the padi fields, past the mission bungalow, on to the main road. Here we turn to the right along the main avenue until the wooden bridge on the left at the corner of a wata s enclosure is met. This crossed, the old phraprang is almost in view, ruddy in its bare brick. It has lost its top or never had a top, and is of archaeological interest only, but the key to its court can be got from the priest. Beyond it is the river crossed by a high