King Narai the Great designated Lop Buri as the second capital outside the Ayutthaya Kingdom. He built Phra Narai Ratchaniwet in 1666 as an alternative palace for him to relax. This was his favourite palace that portrayed the peak of glory during the Lawo dynasty. Now, this magnificence has been restored with the instalment of a museum that tells the related histories.
History bugs would know that the reign of King Narai the Great was the peak of Siam’s prosperity. The construction of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet combines the architecture of many nations that were trading with Siam during those days. Local craftsmanship juxtaposed with Khmer architecture, worked with Western ideas and delicate patterns of Persia, creating a one-of-a-kind beauty of the King’s favourite summer palace.
Wander around the compound and see the remains of the grandiose. A record by a French described the King using a telescope; hence, an assumption that Siam’s first astronomical experience happened right here at this palace.
Attractions near Lop Buri
Lop Buri’s own natural observation deck that is perched on top of a hill, Khao Wongprachan posts a big challenge to your physical strength and strong will. Some said true love can be proven by successfully trekking up the endless stairs of this temple.
Namtok Wang Kan
Luang Arboretum This Lop Buri oasis is centred on a waterfall that is the province’s main freshwater resource. The natural lushness of the surroundings makes this an all-year-round spot for a good refreshing dip.
Pa Sak Jolasid Dam
Thailand’s largest earthen dam that stretches between Lop Buri and Saraburi and covers a vast area of over 14,520 square kilometres. Its serene scenes and unique natural attractions can be observed via a train ride across the dam during weekends and holidays.