By Matt Myklusch

All Jack clean is aware is his bleak, dreary existence at St. Barnaby's domestic for the Hopeless, deserted, Forgotten, and Lost--an orphanage within the swampland of latest Jersey. Covertly studying outdated comedian books is Jack's merely solace. yet his existence alterations ceaselessly while he meets an emissary from a mystery state referred to as the think country, an astounding position the place the entire fabulous and incredible issues on the earth originate. together with Jack.

Jack quickly discovers that he has an awesome ability--one which could make him the savior of think kingdom and the realm beyond...or the largest possibility they've ever confronted.

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Library, was built by To the north of the Rama I’s brother. The mondop is a model door panels inlaid of Angkor Wat in with mother-of-pearl, Cambodia which was Ramakien figure were salvaged from commissioned by outside chedi Ayutthaya’s Wat Rama IV to show his Borom Buddharam. people the scale and Inside, Buddhist scriptures are splendor of 12th-century stored in fine cabinets. Khmer architecture. The Royal Pantheon which houses statues of the Chakri THE LEGEND OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA kings was built to commemoThe most sacred image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha is rate the founding of the revered by kings and commoners alike.

The city of Phitsanulok. Among Although it failed to conquer the most prosperous of the Melaka, Ayutthaya gained control ancient kingdoms, Sukhothai over much of the peninsular was peaceful and stable, lasting Sukhothai-style region extending Tai authority 200 years with only nine rulers. Walking Buddha over Pattani, Kedah, and TIMELINE 1350 Kingdom of Ayutthaya established. Theravada Buddhism becomes the state religion 1238 First independent Tai state of Sukhothai founded King Ramkhamhaeng AD 1200 1369 Ayutthaya conquers Angkor Ayutthaya coin AD 1280 Ayutthaya soldier AD 1360 1279 Beginning of King 1300 Thai political control 1438 Sukhothai defeated; Ramkhamhaeng’s reign extends as far south as Nakhon Si Thammarat Ayutthaya most powerful state in the region AD 1440 THE HISTORY OF THAILAND Kelantan.

Ramakien Gallery Extending all around the cloisters are 178 panels depicting the complete story of the Ramakien (see p59). 1925–35) 1783 Work begins on Wat Phra Kaeo, Dusit Throne Hall, and Phra Maha Monthien 1750 1800 1855 New buildings epitomize fusion of Eastern and Western styles 1850 chooses to live in the Chitrlada Palace at Dusit. 1868– 1910), the last king to make major additions, involves 26 of his half-brothers in the renovation of the wat For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp290–94 and pp318–22 1932 Chakri Dynasty’s 150th year celebrated at palace 1982 Renovation of the complex BANGKOK 57 Phra Mondop (library) Green and blue glass mosaic adorns the exterior of the library.

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