The Silken East ^
python protrudes from the earth near the base of the pagoda ; steps on the west lead down to the monastery courts, where pilgrims assemble, to the dwelling-place of the abbot and his monks, to a white-walled hall of ordination overlooking the panorama of the hills, to a water reservoir in a sheltered hollow, dug, they say, by
Anawrata the king, and last of all to stone caves and temples of great antiquity, frescoed with legends of the Buddha.
There is one remaining spectacle. A wall runs round the platform by the pagoda on three sides, but on the fourth the flagstones impend directly over the deeps. Whether this be by chance or from the ruin of time, it is certain that instinct in architecture could devise