Introduction

Lopburi was probably founded in pre-historical period until the Khemers who expanded their power to the town of Larvo dating from the 10th century and ruled over the area. In the middle of the 13th century when the Thais who had already migrated from the North and had settled down in this  country. In 1664, King Narai the Great, a King of Ayutthaya made Lop Buri the second capital with the help of French architects. Therefore , the architectural style of Lop Buri in the reign of King Narai was half Thai and half western. Today it is a  modern garrison town and provincial capital 153 km, north of Bangkok.

Boundary

The North stretches to Phetchabun and Nakhon Sawan The South stretches to Saraburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya The East stretches to Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum The West stretches to Singburi and Angthong and Nakhon Sawan

Getting there

By Bus 
Both air-conditioned buses and non air-conditioned buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal (Mor chit 2) for Lop Buri every 15 minutes from 05.30 A.M. until 08.30 P.M. everyday.

By Car
Traveling by car from Bangkok to Lopburi is most convenient, there are three routes to choose depending on the starting point in Bangkok. Description of each route is as
follow :
First route: Taking Highway No.1 (Phaholyothin Rd.) for 153 kms. via Saraburi.

Second route: Taking Highway No.1 (Phaholyothin Rd.) till Bang Pa-In District, turns left along Highway No.32 (Asia Rd.) via Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya and turn right at Angthong Interchange to Angthong-Lop Buri Rd. for 2 hrs. 
Third route: Taking Highway No.1 (Phaholyothin Rd.) via Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya, Angthong and turn right to Highway No.311 (Singburi-Lopburi Rd.) at Singburi
Interchange.

By Train 
Trains leave the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) for Lopburi many times daily. Call 233-7010,233-7020 for further information.

Festivals & Events

King Narai Reign Fair
The fair celebrates the reign of King Narai the Great, the Ayutthaya monarch best known for his promotion of diplomatic relations with European powers during the mid-1600s. The fair is largely staged at King Narai's Palace, and features homage-paying ceremonies, colorful processions, a light & sound presentation, folk entertainment and native bazaars.

Chinese Banquet Party for monkeys 
Over 2,000 monkeys enjoyed a delectable vegetarian Chinese-style banquet, replete with Thai fruits and popular desserts, at the city's Prang Sam Yod and Phra Kan Shrine. The banquet will be staged at 10.00 AM., 12.00 noon and 02.00 PM.. Special gifts, including mirrors and toys, will be presented to monkeys, who lend both structures much of their colour and atmosphere.

 

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