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Lopburi Travel Guide

Town of Lopburi

The main reason to visit Lopburi is to get immersed in one of Thailandís longest spanning historical sites. Visitors can find historical sites immediately walking a distance of Lopburi train station. The most striking example of the Khmer influence in Lopburi is the Phra Prang Sam Yot, originally a Hindu shrine (It has three prangs representing Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) later converted into a Buddhist shrine. Visitors to Angkor Wat in Cambodia will recognize similarities in the templeís design.

Prang Khaek is the oldest Khmer monument found in Lopburi, recently has been restored by the Fine Arts Department, it is located on Vichayen Road, near the Narai Ratchaniwet Palace. Wat Phra Si Maha That is a Buddhist temple founded in the 12th century located close to the little railway station near the San Phra Kan. In this temple you can find Khmer, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya architectural styles. Other impressive monuments and temples include the Wat Nakhon Kosa, Hindu Shrine, Racha Wat San Paolo, Phra Kan Shrine, the Vichayen House, Wat Indra, Wat Sao Tong Tong and more.

Lopburi is one of the several places in the Kingdom of Thailand where many historical vestiges have been discovered. Relics found in the National Museum ranges from the Bronze Age, the Dvaravati period, the Khmer period to the King Narai period in the 17th century when Lopburi became the second capital of the Kingdom. The Sophon Silp Art Museum has private collections of Buddhist Art.

One of the main attractions of Lopburi are the Crab-Eating Macaques (Macaca Fascicularis) population that overruns the Old Town, especially in the area around Phra Prang Sam Yot and Phra Kan Shrine. There is even a monkey temple where you can buy snacks to feed to them. Macaques have become in a symbol of the town, locals believe that monkeys are descendants of Hanuman; they are feed by local people, especially during the Monkey Festival in November. Because they are not afraid of humans they jump on people to snatch food or steal bags that they suspect may contain food.

Additionally, from November until March, the fields of Lopburi are filled with sunflowers (especially at Amphoe Phatthana Nikhom), the panoramic sunflower field has become in a major tourist attraction because the colorful and striking sight.

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