Top Choice Museum in Lopburi

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet

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

Prang Sam Yot

The impressive Prang Sam Yot and its huge resident troop of monkeys are Lopburi's most famous attraction. The three linked towers were built by the Khmer in the 13th century as a Buddhist temple, though it was later…
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

This Khmer wát, built beginning in the 12th century, has been heavily modified over the centuries and makes for a great photo opportunity. The central prang is the tallest in Lopburi and it retains a good amount of …
Shrine in Lopburi

San Phra Kan

Lopburi's holiest place sits in the old town's roundabout. It has a modern (built 1951) shrine in front of a Khmer-era laterite base from a toppled prang that was previously known as săhn sǒong ('tall shrine'). The …
Ruins in Lopburi

Ban Wichayen

This compound, built in European style by King Narai, served as the residence of foreign ambassadors and also contained the palace of Greek trader Constantine Phaulkon, who became a key adviser to the king. The midd…
Ruins in Lopburi

Prang Khaek

The oldest monument in Lopburi, this 11th-century trio of towers has Khmer-style brickwork and was possibly once a temple to the Hindu god Shiva. King Narai had it rebuild after it collapsed.
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Nakhon Kosa

This is the base of what was clearly once a very big chedi built during the Dvaravati period, probably in the 12th century. More buildings were added in the Khmer and Ayuthaya eras, though few traces remain. To the …
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Sao Thong Thong

North of the palace, Wat Sao Thong Thong is remarkable for its unusual wihan with Gothic-style windows, which were added by King Narai so it could be used as a Christian chapel.
Historic Site in Lopburi

Victory Gate

Original old city gate.
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Puen

Small temple ruin.