At the railway station Wat Nakon Koh Sah has narrowly escaped destruction, for it is, fortunately, just beyond the line. It contributed to the construction of the railway a heap of lime and a heap of sand got ready many centuries ago and uncovered by work on the line of the railroad.
The Wang Kao, or old palace, is ten minutes away, and the Governora s office is within the battlemented brick walls. The ruins at Lopburi are all close together, with the exception of the Pratinang Yen, a the cool palace,a on the Thald Chub Soon, a reservoir about two kilometres away, whose clay pipes supplied the town with water. The Burmese dealt very faithfully with Lopburi, and left not much of it, but close to the Governora s office enough is left to form a prison out of the palace where lived the ladies of the Siamese Court, and the hall of audience is still standing. For the accommodation of travellers there is a rest-house floating on the klong, but Lopburi is within the day from Bangkok. Anyone wishing to pass the night at the rest-house should apply to the Governor, who can, in case of necessity,
Photo. Siamese State Railways.
Constantine Faulkona s House, Lopburi.
make arrangements for a traveller. King Phra Naraia s hall of audience has a foundation of laterite blocks and the walls are of brick. Pigeons to-day are his only courtiers, skipping goats his jesters, and bees his warriors. East of his domain are the remains of the palace of King Phra Choahow and of it the outer courtyard is left standing. Rows of pointed niches in the wails are said to have carried lamps to light the scene when the King made a supper to his lords. Between the two palaces is an arch with a guardhouse recess on either side beneath it. The remains of the two buildings within are the palaces proper and the bathing tank, whose water was originally supplied through pipes of clay. Later generations finding some bricks still upon other bricks (so left by the negligence of the Burmese) used them for improving the roads, so that little to-day remains but foundations. Back again to the offices and we find that the pratinang Chan Tara Pisan is still occasionally used for Buddhist and Brahman ceremonies. A great part of the high and battlemented wall of the Wang Kao is in good preservation, but the south-west corner, having been the point of Burmese attack, has gone. The Lopburi channel of the Menam is to the west of the Wang Kao, and along the dusty or muddy lane to the north is the house and chapel of Constantine Faulkon, a Greek who blew in at Ayudhya in 1662, became Minister indispensable to King Phra Narai and corresponded with Colbert, Finance Minister to the Roi Soleil. Ruin befell him and his King when he sinned the sin by which fell the angels and ambitiously entered too closely into relations with Louis XIV.
His fire-new stamp of honour conferred by France at the instance of a French religious mission was scarce current when the Siamese decided that someone should rid them of this farang, and at Lopburi, in a palace revolution, M. le Comte Chow Phya Vichar Yen Constantine