The Three Pagodas, Lopburi.
Siamese State Railways.
by Burmese and Siamese Kings ; it resisted or supported them by turns, and still can show stout defences but now in decay. It is the centre of the great teak trade.
in carved sandstone now much ruinate, difficult of ' access except in dry weather, and beyond the range of the seer of sights who has no definite archaeological business there.
ON THE EASTERN LINE.
The eastern line passes through rice plains until at Gengkoi begin the foot hills, and beyond them is all broken hilly and even mountainous country, pierced by railway. Korat (7,000), the last station to the east, is a frontier town with thirteenth century brick walls. Here is the official headquarters of the silk-growing industry, where improvements of the ancient methods are being tried with success. Siam has always grown and woven silk, but its quality is not as good yet as that of silk from China and Japan. Beyond Korat, along tracks, lies Pimai, the ancient town,
TO THOSE ABOUT TO BUY.
Siam is stuffed full and rammed tight with vessels of silver and vessels of gold, native precious stones and pearls, brass, niellated silver, niellated silver with gold beaten in on to the silver, niello gilt, gold niello, bronzes, ivories, silks, silver and gold chains, bracelets and the like, enamels, porcelain, china, pottery, tortoise-shell, feathers (mostly in fans), mother-of-pearl inlay on wood, lacquer and curios of all and every kind, but hardly any jade (yok). Bangkok holds immense quantities of all these, and in every smaller town and every village there are silversmiths and goldsmiths. The peasant puts his profits and savings into jewellery