Lopburi, Thailand

Lopburi, Thailand is about a three hour train ride from Bangkok’s central train station. I was there to see the collection of antique beads in the museum, as well as to visit the Khmer-era ruins.

I stayed at the funky Noom Guest House; cheap, centrally located and with plenty of character. The place is family run and has an excellent restaurant. The town is famous for being overrun with rhesus monkeys. I took some local color shots before and after I visited the museum in the Phra Narai Palace

It was a short walk from the Noom GH to the palace of Phra Narai, a king of Ayutthaya who preferred Lopburi. The National Museum was housed in a European-looking building on the grounds. To find the section with ancient beads I had to go around to the back and it occupied most of the ground floor. It rained quite heavily while I was inside and you can see how wet the ground is.

Across from the train station sits one of the most extensive Khmer ruins in Lopburi, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, dating as far back as the 12th Century and as recent as the 17th Century during the height of Ayutthaya’s reign. Most of these pictures are from those ruins inside the main walls, though a few are from an equally old Wat sitting to the left of the train station. The morning was threatening rain, with ominous gray clouds gathering overhead.

Finally, here are the remains of numerous Buddhist statues I saw scattered around the various ruins.

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