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Raja (Be)Siong Palace: Ground Survey

Some body  told us about  the ancient wall in the jungle on the Patani river bank some where which they don’t want to disclose the location for the reason they told us that this wall is located in his friend’s plantation if they disclose to  the public, surely  the Thai authority will possess his land as stated by Thai law regarding the archaeological site, he then will lost the land with out some things in hand and planned  that it is better to proof that if it’s really the archaeological site, he then will disclose to the public when that time is come. He made  a ‘gentlemen agreement’ with us that never to disclose this site to any body before getting the permission from him, we love to do as he wishes and appointed him and his friend as navigators  for this expedition.

Friday 4, 2011 at 7.00 am. our team of expedition move by car for nearly 2  hours to the  wall location. We reached  and changed  our dresses at the foot of the hill, started  walking quickly uphill to the west, after 30 minutes walk we reached at the location which our guider said that the wall was not far away from this rest point, every one feel very much tired to climb up hill all the times but feel fresh enough to make a survey to this precious site. 

Start surveying
We have 20 minutes rest and talking about our plan of surveying the place, since hill is full of tress, creeping plants, wild animals big or small, fallen woods, hole and anything else that can hurt you, the priority instruction is   safety first.
The Cemetery
After drinking fresh water and have a bit rest, we start surveying the area by walking east-west climb up and down the hills reached the cemetery area, the cemetery area is  quite big compare to the population of the 2 villages near by which situated  about 2 kilometers to the north and 3 kilometers to the south, we saw many rocks laid down on the leveled earth after examining thoroughly we found that the rocks were placed in pairs north-south scattered far and wide.  We walk further west across the cemetery area and  discovered  that the grave rocks stop some where 500 meters before we reached at sedimentary rocks placed one upon the others, now we stand at the top of the rock’s wall and jumping down to the other side of  the rock wall measured  about 1.7 meters high which is our primary target in this expedition.

The Wall

We started surveying  at the highest point  of  the wall which run north-south about 1.75 meters high  and approximately 750 meters long. The wall are made of  rocks placed one above the others, the rocks  were not of the same size some big and some small, some long and some short;      there’s     no standard size of rock.  most of the wall covered with difference kind of creeping plants, trees and jungle weed, we  cut and clean these plants out of the wall with big knife after which we can see more  clearly, after a short period of observation we come to conclusion that the wall is made from a  kind of sedimentary rock call  “laterite”, the rock is red-purple in color of 80-100 centimeters thick with  no standard shape, no polishing technique, no cutting edge, it shape and color look like a natural rock leaning upon one  another run straight away from north–south direction, of 750 meters long at some point the wall are covered with soil and jungle leaves, shown only the  top of the wall about 20-30 centimeters high above the surface of the earth and at some point the wall is down under the surface of the earth and appear  again at another point above the surface of the fertile soil.

The hill, the lagoon and the river bank

From hill where the wall are standing,  sloping down to the west at the deep of about 250 meters is the foot of the hill, next is  lagoon  of about 950 sq. kilometers extended from north to south, from the foot of the hill  across the lagoon to  the west of  about 600 meters distance is the Patani river bank, the bank had another extended area  of  about 700 meters wide to the  west which reach at Patani river water, the river bank is about one and a half kilometers long from north to south while the Patani river itself flow north-south about 800 meters wide from east to west,  Patani river is the longest river in the south of now Thailand, the river source is in the southern most district of Betong in Yala province while  the river estuary is in Muang district of Patani province, from river source in Betong district to Muang Patani district river estuary  is about 214 kilometers long. Patani river was very important route of communication between eastern and western cost of the Malay peninsula in the ancient history of Patani and kedah Kingdom. Patani  river at this point after the construction of Banglang dam become shallow, less water and non fishy as prior to the construction of the dam. The river bank is   a beautiful clean white sands with cobblestones scattered all over the bank area, the beautiful river bank is call “Tebing Raja” or “the  bank of king or the king’s river bank”.
Tebing Raja or King’s River Bank
“The white clean sandy beach is come from the formation of the Patani river water which flow south to north, in the flood season of every year the water brought sand, pebble and cobblestone to this Tebing Raja which in turn push the river course further west created a beautiful sandy beach far and wide.” Said our navigators about this Tebing Raja in the old time, he try to explain about its attraction in the past while we standing at the point  where some  part of the wall  is collapse  down to the lagoon below. Tebing Raja of today is nothing remain of  its beauty and attraction as  in the past because in due time, Patani river had change it course  to furthest west, we can’t even see  Patani river at the point where we stand on the hill near the wall.  Tebing Raja is full of trees and creeping plants grown naturally far and wide.
The  End of the First Ground Survey
We turn our back to the Patani river and the Tebing Raja, walking  to the east cross the stone wall at the lowest point reach  the cemetery  area again, before going down hill to the east for the main road targeting  at the 2 villages near by of difference direction, we agree to make another 30 minutes surveying  looking  for the inscriptions which inscribe on the stone graves and the  artifacts if any, after 30 minutes  of roaming  we found nothing and decided to end the survey before heading straight to the villages one after the others to talk and seeking the information from  young  and old people who may know about Tebing Raja, the wall, , the cemetery, the hills, villages, people and many more on the Patani river bank. The incoming article will talk about these all things and  the legend of  fanged king or Raja (Be)Siong as told by the old and young in the near by village, if there is any connection between them?


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