Most of Lopburi’s historical sites can be strung together in an easy-to-follow walking route that will take the better part of a day. ... Read more about Lopburi heritage walk .
In the 1660s, King Narai of Ayutthaya hired French and Italian architects to collaborate with Thai artists on a new palace, briefly turning Lopburi into the kingdom’s second capital. Today the Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace complex includes several ruins along with a section that was rebuilt in the 1850s and now houses the exceptional Somdet Phra Narai National Museum. ... Read more about Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace .
Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat was once a royal temple where King Narai and regional governors would have come to perform official religious ceremonies. No one knows exactly when it was established, but an unusual blend of art and architecture indicate that it also played a prominent role when the Khmer ruled the area in the 13th century. Made of laterite and mortar, the central Khmer-style prang ... Read more about Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat .
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. ... Read more about Phra Prang Sam Yod .
The San Phra Kan, or the Kala Shrine, features a highly revered image of the Hindu god Vishnu along with streams of locals who come to pay their respects -- and countless monkeys that are a little less respectful. The site predates the Lopburi period, evidenced by a massive laterite base located to the rear that has sat here for more than 1,000 years. King Narai is thought to have added a ... Read more about San Phra Kan .
While not all that impressive from an aesthetic standpoint, Wat Nakhon Kosa is notable for including distinctive attributes from the three main periods of Lopburi’s long history. ... Read more about Wat Nakhon Kosa .
One of the most fascinating facets of Lopburi’s history involves the Greek merchant, Constantine Phaulkon, who rose to become one of King Narai’s most trusted aids before meeting a bloody end. The ruins of a complex built for foreign dignitaries, Ban Wichayen, bares his official Siamese title. ... Read more about Ban Wichayen .
Built as a Hindu sanctuary around the 10th century, Prang Khaek is thought to be the oldest monument in Lopburi that still stands today. The small site features a central Khmer-style prang made of bricks and mortar, complimented on either side by two smaller prangs. With pointed entranceways and rivets adorning tiers that narrow towards the top, the style is thought to derive from the Preah Ko ... Read more about Prang Khaek .
Unlike other ancient temples that fell into ruin after King Narai’s death, Wat Sao Thong Thong remained active and now boasts one of Lopburi’s most striking Buddha images. ... Read more about Wat Sao Thong Thong .
Wat Mani Chonlakan’s eye-catching chedi leans slightly to one side on a riverine island in the Lopburi River. ... Read more about Wat Mani Chonlakan .
In 1623, a hunter followed a deer to a rocky hill, discovering a natural impression that looked like an oversized human footprint. After his skin disease miraculously healed when he drank water from the impression, he reported the find to King Songtham down in Ayutthaya, who had received word from Sri Lankan monks that the Buddha may have left footprints in Siam. Wat Phra Phutthabat, the ... Read more about Wat Phra Phutthabat .