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.
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.
While the site can be easily seen from the road, we suggest shelling out 50 baht to get close to the ruins and monkeys.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 7th September, 2016.