Faulkon perished accordingly. King Phra Narai, who lay ill at the time, died very shortly after, whilst all his sonsa and, indeed, all the Royal family except the girlsa were murdered.
Past the wooden school building and the square cemented well and opposite the modern Court House is a ruinous mass of brick, perhaps a memorial monument, and along the road to the east of it is that very curious monument the Phraprang Sam Yot, or three-peaked Brahman shrine, with its blunted angular spires. The whole is on a platform built up of laterite blocks. They are Khmer, and were old when Ayudhya was young, and, when Dwarawati, the more ancient city on the site of Ayudhya, yet flourished, they were old. Their chambers are low-roofed, and in them dustily sit or stand numbers of Buddhas, neglected, their gilding perished, some of them in black lacquer. A fanged Nag may umbrella some of them, but his teeth have not prevailed to save their arms and legs. The inside of the shrines is of laterite blocks and the outside of bricks, and some of the doorways are of sandstone, the whole arguing either a transition stage between Brahman and Buddhist architecture or an adaptation of a Brahman shrine to Buddhist taste. The ceiling is in the Royal vermilion and gold, much perished by weather, and traces of stucco mouldings and of figures in plaster are visible outside. The outer sunrise-looking shrine holds a large sandstone Buddha of separate blocks fitted together with plain surface joints, and coming probably from Sukhothai or Suwankaloke.
Close by is the railway and a ruin, the San Phra Khan haunted by monkeys. Two minutesa walk from the railway station to the south-west is the Wat Maha Tat, with several phraprangs all in ruins and smothered with the sap-kah weed, used in medicine ; here it is in quantities sufficient to heal even the senility of Lopburia s monuments in their dreadful need of succour.
Two hours should suffice to see Lopburi, and fifteen centuries ago Lawapuri, later Lawo, now Lopburi, was founded from Sukhothai and Suwankaloke.
SUKHOTHAI and SUWANKALOKE.
These are ruined cities off the northern line. Suwankaloke of to-day is an administrative centre, and the ruins are at old Suwankaloke, three hours away by pony. They are much overgrown, and offer at present nothing but archaeological interest. Five or six miles beyond them are old pottery kilns on the west bank of the river in a thick and thorny and bamboo jungle. Sukhothai is a day and a half by river or by land away from the railway, and the ruins are not so interesting.
The wat here is worth seeing if the traveller has the time.
As far as Utaradit the line passes through the rice plain, and at Pang Tong Phung begins the primeval forest through whose hills and valleys the line reaches Chiengmai (35,000), 800 feet above the sea, in the far north of Siam, its second commercial town. Founded in the eleventh century as a small Lao States capital, it was claimed both
Photo. Siamese State Railways.
A Temple in Prae.