Lopburi attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Lopburi

Prang Sam Yot

As well known for its resident monkeys as its looming towers, this is Lopburi's most famous attraction. The three linked towers were built from laterite and sandstone by the Khmer in the 13th century as a Mahayana B…
Top Choice Museum in Lopburi

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet

Plan to spend a few hours at this former royal palace, now the Somdet Phra Narai National Museum, which houses excellent displays of local history. Built from 1665 with help from French and Italian engineers, the pa…
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

Although almost every building at this large temple complex across from the train station dates from the Ayuthaya era, the 31m-tall prang (Khmer-style spire) at its heart was built by the Khmer in the late 13th cent…
Shrine in Lopburi

San Phra Kan

Lopburi's holiest place sits in the old town's roundabout. It has a modern (1951) shrine in front of a Khmer-era laterite base from a toppled prang (Khmer-style spire) that was previously known as the 'supreme shrin…
Buddhist Temple in Lopburi

Wat Khao Chin Lae

Over 300 peacocks strut freely in the grounds of this large forest temple, but it's Wat Khao Chin Lae's views that steal the show. Climb 459 steps to reach a large pink-and-white Buddha. From here you can admire rug…
Buddhist Temple in Lopburi

Wat Suwankhiri Pidok

This quiet temple up against Kao Ta Kra Thong mountain, 15km east of the city, is known for its bat cave. Every night shortly before sunset it disgorges hundreds of thousands of bats heading out for their nocturnal …
Buddhist Temple in Lopburi

Wat Phra Phutthabat

One of Thai Buddhism's holiest sites, this temple was founded in 1624 after the discovery of a natural depression in the rock resembling a footprint, which fit with local legend about the Buddha visiting what is now…
Ruins in Lopburi

Ban Wichayen

This compound, built in European style by King Narai, served as the residence of foreign ambassadors. It got its present name from the mistaken belief that it was the residence of infamous Greek trader Constantine P…
Area in Lopburi

Ang Sap Lek

With calm waters on one side and fingers of limestone on the other, views from the shore of this reservoir are picturesque. The western bank is lined by casual restaurants and food stands, most with thatched-roof ra…
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Nakhon Kosa

Though it's one of Lopburi's minor ruins, it's worth coming to see the base of what was once a huge stupa. It was built in the Dvaravati period, probably in the 12th century. The smaller stupa and collapsed wí·hăhn …