i really wanted to see the monkeys , and wasn't disappointed , they are everywhere , tho at this really old temple i saw the most , local people were turning up with baskets of food and little bottles of ( i think) milk and those monkeys were into it .
keep a close eye on your stuff cos they will pinch it , and if you stand still and pretend not to notice them , some of the little ones will climb you , which is a bit creepy really but still a fun experience .
It's also interesting to wander around and inside the temple .
i visited the sunflower fields , with some friends from bangkok so i'm not sure of directions to get there , i guess just ask a local for advice .
lots of people there just enjoying a lovely sunny day , taking photos of each other in the flowers , just the colours kinda make you feel kinda happy .
outside the field we went to , they had stalls where you could buy , tee shirts , bags with sunflower designs , some kind of alcohol made with ( i guess ) sunflower honey - yum and delicious hot roasted sunflower seeds plus the usual touristy things and other hot food .
This ruined temple is located on the east side of the railway tracks, overlooking them, between the San Phra Kan and the railway station. It was once a Dvaravati place of worship that probably dates from the 11th or 12th century. The ubosoth and vihara were built in the reign of King Narai (17th century).
This is a small shrine that is located in the middle of a roundabout on the other side of the railway track from the Old Town, near Prang Sam Yot. It used to be a single Khmer-style prang that dates from the 13th century but has since fallen apart. There is a modern shrine with four staircases which feature monkey’s statues at the foot of each one. Stalls sell offerings to be dedicated at the shrine, and food and drink. The monkeys eat the food, drink, offerings and anything else going so watch out.
This prang is located opposite the railway line and is literally teaming with monkeys so be careful! There are 3 prangs in a row which are connected and accessed together. They are built out of laterite sandstone and decorated with stucco and are Lopburi's most famous sight except for the monkeys, of course. It used to be a Hindu temple with the three towers symbolising the Hindu Trimurti of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Now two of them contain Lopburi-style Buddha images.
Open: 8am-6pm. Admission: 30 baht.
This working temple is a third-tier royal temple located near the royal palace and river. In a map made by French engineers, the site is described as a residence for Persians, with a mosque which is the present location of the royal assembly hall. This temple is unique because of its late Ayutthaya architecture. The main Buddha image is 6 metres wide and 9 metres high and is sacred to the people of the town.
The City Shrine or Arrow Shrine is located next to Wat Peun, just to the west of the Chao Phraya Wichayen (ambassador’s residence). It was rebuilt in 1978 after falling into ruin and features a small well with a big greenish stone in the middle of the floor which is believed to be the arrow of Rama.
This small temple ruin lies next to the Chao Phraya Wichayen (ambassador’s residence) and was built during the reign of King Narai the Great (r. 1656-1688). The site consists of three main buildings - viharn, a building to the south of the viharn and a chedi.
This was the official residence for ambassadors that was built during the reign of King Narai and was divided into three parts with three adjoining doorways. Situated in the west is the residential hall built to accommodate the Greek ambassador named Constantine Falcon who worked for the government of the king. The middle part is the Christian church. Situated in the east is the residential hall built to accommodate other ambassadors. During 1875, the French ambassador Chervaria De Chomante visited.
Open: 8.30am-4pm. Admission: 30 baht.
This prang lies on a road island near the main market in the town centre. It actually consists of three brick prangs in a row, north-south. The middle one is the largest and all three have just one entrance in the east while there are three other entrance that are all fake. It is believed to date from the 10th century and was a sacred place of Brahmanism with a Shiva statue.
This is the main temple ruin in Lopburi and is located opposite the train station. The layout of the temple consists of a large Prnag in the middle functioning as the principal building and chedis that encircle it. It is assumed that it was built in the 12th century in the Khmer style. During Lopburi's heyday, it was the town's largest monastery and was included on maps drawn by French cartographers in 1687.
Open: 7am-5pm. Admission: 30 baht.
The museum was first founded in 1997 by Phra Khru Sophon Thamarat, the abbot of Wat Choeng Tha as a place to collect and display historical, artistic and religious antiques which were the temple’s as well as his own collections.
The exhibition is divided into five parts. It starts with the history of the temple recounted via old photos of this religious institution and its former abbots as well as the autobiography of the current abbot. The next part is concerned with the monks or the first Triple Gems, who have carried out the Lord Buddha’s teachings and objects related to their practices such as robes, alms collecting bowls and fans. Then there's the abbot’s personal collection such as Thai and Chinese porcelain and an altar with its functions, history, artistic designs and Buddhism-related symbols. Other parts include the Tri Pitakas or Buddhist Canons, scripture cabinets, palm-leaf scriptures, Thai textbooks, mantras, astrology manuals, Thai language texts, law and folk literature.
Open: 8.30am-4.30pm. Admission: Free.
This royal temple is located just south of the royal palace complex and was originally named Wat Khwit. Towards the end of the reign of King Narai there was civil unrest. While the king was gravely ill, loyal servants sought royal permission to be ordained here. The king allowed this and gave sets of monk’s robes and necessary articles required by Buddhist monks, as well as presiding over the ordination ceremony for his servants. The king gave one of his buildings from the palace to be the site of the ceremony. This is a rare case for a temple to be inside a palace and remained the case until the time of King Rama IV who separated it and renamed the temple to its present day name.
This temple is located to the west of the royal palace, near the river, and was called Wat Tha Kwian because it was the station for carts carrying goods down to the river pier. It is believed that it was built before the palace. Today it houses the Ho Sophon Sin Museum (see next tip).
This ruined hall is located within the royal palace complex. It was where King Narai received foreign ambassadors and dignitaries from neighbouring countries. It is said that the roof had a pyramidal shape in the same style as the Dusit Mahaprasat throne in the Grand Palace, Bangkok. The hall is divided into two parts. The front part is larger with a high ceiling and has ogival doors and windows. In contrast, the rear part has a raised floor and Thai style windows and doors.