Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat, Lop Buri

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  • This site has everything going for it. It is easy to access being just across the street from the train station. It has excellent ruins with some fine carvings. Most importantly, it is monkey free...  more »
  • Usual 50 baht to get in for tourists. Virtually no-one there. Impressive monument. Across the road is the railway station with a steam locomotive outside. Next to the station is another old wat...  more »
  • This is well worth the 50 Baht entrance fee. The ruins are extensive and well maintained, no one was there during my visit, so I pretty much had the place to myself. I enjoyed clambering over the...  more »
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  • I was very interested to learn more about Thailand's history. The temples are really old and kind of impressive. Nothing Ankor Way like, but still worth the trip. You could do it in a day trip from Bangkok, but if you have the time, spend the night in this little town. Annoy the peace and quiet
  • Good place to see old Khmer style temple. There are more in Lop Buri. Recommend to visit that place not immediately after arrival. Wait until no train arrives, then it's almost empty.
  • A very nice ancient temple before Ayutthaya monarchy about 100 years.
  • Old ruined place. Very close to the lopburi railway station. Good location to take photos. Can reach here by train from Bangkok. Few more temples around the city. This city called monkey city and this temple called monkey temple. Lots of monkeys around the temple. Beware of them.
  • Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat The Wat Phra Sri Mahathat is a large Royal temple in the center of Lopburi town. The temple was founded when Lopburi was under control of the Khmer empire from Angkor, in present day Cambodia. The 8 acres complex which is little visited by foreign tourists houses structures from several periods, the oldest ones being the main prang dating back around 800 years. Restoration works on the temple were done by the Thai Fine Arts Department. Khmer style Prang The main prang was built by the Khmer in the Bayon style in the late 12th or early 13th century. Standing on a platform, it was probably flanked by similar prangs of smaller size, of which virtually nothing is left. On the West side a portico protrudes out from the structure, giving access to the prang’s interior. The prang was adorned with fine stuccoed artwork depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, some of which are still intact. Inside is the cella, the room where the Khmer people worshipped the linga, the representation of the Hindu God Shiva. Surrounding the platform supporting the prangs was a gallery, of which the base of the walls is still visible. Viharn Luang Centuries later several buildings were added to the complex. In the second half of the 17th century King Narai the Great, King of Ayutthaya, had his Palace built directly next to the temple. The King had the temple restored, added a viharn or assembly hall and several chedis. The Royal viharn or Viharn Luang opening to the East stands in front of the main prang. The large viharn, its high walls still standing, contains several images of the Buddha that are in a poor state of preservation. Around the viharn are several chedis in various architectural styles. Next to the Viharn Luang is a pavilion where the King could change and get ready for ceremonies in the temple. Only the base and a few pillars remain today. Other structures on the grounds Encircling the top section of a subsidiary chedi are stuccoed relief depictions of angels, standing in adoration with the hands folded in the “wai” posture, facing all directions. The niches in the upper part of a circular chedi standing on a high square base contain images of the Buddha, most of them damaged. Other structures include several smaller prangs, a small ubosot or ordination hall and several chedis in different styles, including Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.
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