Lopburi has been one of Thailand’s most important cities throughout the history of the country and is said to date back as far as the Bronze Age which was more than 3,500 years ago. For that reason there is little surprise that the city is a popular destination for tourists from all corners of the earth.
Full of history, culture, beauty, nature, a tropical climate and architecture that will amaze, Lopburi should be right at the top of the list for visitors to Thailand. Those that do come to the countries former capital city will be able to take in many tourist attractions such as the three below.
Phra Prang Sam Yot
The number one tourist attraction in Lopburi is without doubt the stunning Monkey Temple that is officially named Phra Prang Sam Yot. The temple is extremely hard to miss as it is located right in the thoroughfare through the centre of the old city.
The temple consists of three prangs that can be seen from many a location in the city with each of them thought to represent the Hindu Trimurti which consisted of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Each of those prangs are connected by a
It was when King Narai was ruling Thailand that the shrine was transformed into a Buddhist temple. That temple is now overrun with Monkeys and has become an iconic tourist attraction in Lopburi and Thailand. Those monkeys are a major part of this tourist attractions success as there are literally hundreds of them that live among the temples ruins.
Phra Narai Ratchaniwet
A great place for tourists to start when they first arrive in Lopburi is that of former royal palace called Phra Narai Ratchaniwet (or Kings Palace). The palace was originally built by King Narai the Great back in 1666 and was where he lived until his death in 1688. The palace and indeed Lopburi was then left abandoned until 1856 when King Mongkut had it restored and gave it the name Phra Narai Ratchaniwet.
In 1924, the museum that can now be found within the palace walls called Somdet Phra National Museum was built. That museum has now become one of Lopburi’s most popular tourist destinations and holds hundreds of ancient artifacts that will help tourists to piece together the history of Thailand’s former capital city Lopburi.
Pasak Chonlasit Dam
Another hugely popular tourist attraction in Lopburi is that of the Pasak Chonlasit Dam which opened in 1999 and is Thailand’s largest reservoir. The dam actually spreads across the province of Saraburi as well as Lopburi and its beauty makes it a perfect location to enjoy picnics and a day out. Tourists are able to release fish, take in the stunning scenery that is on offer, explore the local museum and take a tour on a sightseeing bus around the dam. Tourists that decide to visit between October and January will also get to have a great view of the blooming sunflowers of nearby Amphur Pattananikom.