Attraction Information

Lop Buri

Lop Buri Province is located approximately 155 kilometers north of Bangkok and lies on the east bank of the Lopburi River.

Lopburi is famous for its Khmer monuments, for the troops of monkeys who roam the streets of the old part of the city and for the panoramic sunflower fields at year??s end.
Formerly known as Lawo, Lop Buri had for centuries been ruled by several Kingdoms. The remains of Lop Buri, dating over 1,200 years attests to the strategic significance of Lop Buri to many rulers.

Today the city is most famous for the hundreds of Crab-Eating Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) that live in the middle of the city, especially around the Khmer temple, Prang Sam Yot, and a Khmer shrine, Sarn Phra Karn. They are fed by the local people, especially during the Monkey Festival in November. Because they are not afraid of humans, they steal whatever food they can find from unwary diners.

The Khmer Mahayana Buddhism style was a major influence on the towns architecture and was later commonly referred to as Lop Buri Style. Remains of Khmer Hindu architectural motifs found in the city include the Shivas Shrine (Prang Khaek), San Phra Kan, Phra Prang Sam Yot, and Wat Phra Si Mahathat.

From November to January vast areas of Lop Buri are ablaze with colour from the sunflowers grown here.

Important Information

The monkeys here are adept at thievery and will take anything which is not secure, including handbags, hats, caps, cameras and mobile phones. If you lose something to the monkeys you will not get it back, so please make sure that your valuables are safely tucked away and that you use the wrist strap on your camera.