Located in the northeastern part of Thailand, Lopburi is not only famous for its vast sunflower fields but also is known as the "Monkey Kingdom," where many monkeys live and are friendly to humans.
Located in the northeastern part of Thailand, in the same direction as the old capital of Ayutthaya, Lopburi is about 150 kilometers from Bangkok. Although Lopburi is not a popular destination for Thai tours, it still attracts a large number of indigenous peoples and visitors. This province owns immense, noble sunflower fields. Sunflowers bloom most beautiful from November to January next year. It is also the largest flower bask in Thailand. Khao Chin Lae is the most concentrated area in Lopburi, located about 30-40 km from the center.
Thailand's famous town of Lopburi is not only famous for its vast sunflower fields but also is known as the "Monkey Kingdom," where many monkeys live and are friendly to humans.
Lopburi was formerly known as the "summer capital" of Siam (the old name of feudal Thailand). The town of Lopburi is associated with the Ramayana legend of Thailand. When King Rama built the ancient city of Lopburi, the help of the monkey King Hanuman created a unique and prosperous ancient monument. Therefore, Thais here consider monkeys in Lopburi as the descendants of Hanuman god. They respect them and let them live together and not get rid of them.
The monkeys are most concentrated in monkeys and Pra Prang Sam Yot, as well as the buildings around the area. They are fed daily in three areas, but they are still mischievous and often feed themselves by stealing from people. Visitors and residents are always their special interest.
Initially, monkeys lived in the forests around the town of Lopburi. In recent years, when the forest area has narrowed and food is scarce, they have to look into the villages for food. At first, people only presented candy, fruits in temples such as Kala, San Phra Kan, Prang Sam Yot. But gradually the monkeys are smart, fun, and friendly with humans. People here care more about them and so they dragged to the village more and more. Monkeys are free to go around the town. Visitors will see the monkeys lying on the roofs, sitting in the alleys in the street, in front of the shop, etc.
Today, at Pra Prang Sam Yot has biggest number of the monkeys and they are usually eaten by visitors. The monkeys are mischievous, they climb on people to tease, even pick up their phone keys, hats, cameras.
Coming to the town of Lopburi, playing with monkey turtles, visitors also experience the exciting and new activities through Monkey Buffet Festival. In 1989, a local businessman held an event to honor the monkeys to attract visitors. The festival dates back to the present day. The Monkey Buffet Festival takes place on the last Sunday of November, attracting millions of domestic and international visitors.
The festival is held at the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot. All fruits, desserts, monkey's favorite dishes are laid out in a colorful tarpaulin. At this buffet festival, local people will recite ancient epics and help to preserve their unique historical traditions. In addition, the organizers of the festival also set up monkey statues in colorful clothes and tray handle food is very impressive.
To relieve the wildness of the party, people often play traditional music or perform a variety of monkey dance, there are beautiful dancers dressed around the yard recounts the wonders in the Indian epic. In addition, many other unique festivals are also celebrated by the Lopburi people during the year, typically with the "Four Beautiful Beasts Competition".
If you have the opportunity to visit this Buddhist country, do not forget to visit the "monkey kingdom", especially to enjoy the unique buffet in the world.