Views of Ayutthaya, capital of Siam (Thailand), c 1690.
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Engraving by G van der Gucht after drawings by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Plate 3 from 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer. Views include the King's palace (fig 1), the temple of the High Chancellor (fig 2), a temple near Pak Chong (fig 3), houseboats (figs 4,5,6), and a village on the Chao Phraya river (fig 7). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of Japan in the Genroku period (1688-1704).