Photo: Never be fooled.

Phra Prang Sam Yod

Pictured on Lopburi’s provincial seal, the three Khmer-style towers of Phra Prang Sam Yod are impossible to miss near the train tracks. If you’re after a photo of monkeys traipsing on ancient ruins, this is your place.

Connected by a laterite corridor, the trio of prangs were built around the 12th century in the Bayon style of Angkor-period architecture. Historians think it originally served as a Mahayana Buddhist sanctuary with Hindu elements, though King Narai turned it into a Theravada Buddhist monument in the Ayutthaya period by adding a brick wihaan with a stone Buddha image, which still sits out in the open today. Ancient plaster weaves into the laterite blocks to reveal some intricate details.

The three prangs.

The three prangs. Photo: David Luekens

Dozens of monkeys snooze on the warm stone blocks or climb around the Buddha image and prangs before bugging the tourists for a banana or two -- keep a grip on your valuables here.

Almost camouflaged.

Almost camouflaged. Photo: David Luekens

While the site can be easily seen from the road, we suggest shelling out 50 baht to get close to the ruins and monkeys.

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Last updated on 7th September, 2016.

Phra Prang Sam Yod
Prang Sam Yod Rd, just west of San Phra Kan shrine, Lopburi
Daily 07:00-17:00.

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